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  • Phoenix Suns entering final stretch of games

    The calendar has flipped. The Phoenix Suns’ fortune has not, at least not yet. The Suns remain destined for the NBA Draft Lottery and a likely top-five pick come June. The playoffs will be missed for a third straight season. “Playing for your job,” interim head coach Lindsey Hunter answered when asked about motivation for […]
  • Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter’s concern is the present, after all his future’s tied to it

    PHOENIX — Count Lindsey Hunter among those not hoping his team “wins” in June by losing in March or April. While most fans in the Valley might not object to Hunter resting his key players over the final few weeks of the 2012-13 season in order to ensure the best possible lottery position, the Phoenix […]
  • Goran Dragic excels in return to court, but continues to do so alone

    PHOENIX — “Rocky is back in the building!” The proclamation was a bold one considering the tenants of the US Airways Center are also the cellar dwellers of the Western Conference. Then again Phoenix Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter was on to something. After all Goran Dragic has been the main, if not the […]
  • Suns Strokes: Phoenix falls short to Pacers, loses sixth straight game

    PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns came into Saturday night’s contest losers of five in a row, and while they were hosting one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, Lindsey Hunter’s squad had no problem rising to the occasion against the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately the difference between rising to the occasion and winning games […]
  • Suns’ play-by-play announcer Al McCoy: Kendall Marshall played best basketball in last two games

    While the Phoenix Suns’ decision to bench starting point guard Goran Dragic for the team’s last two games against the Jazz and Kings seemed a bit suspicious given its timing, radio play-by-play guy Al McCoy doesn’t believe the move was made for tanking purposes. “Although I’m certainly not involved in closed door meetings, the front […]
  • Suns Strokes: Suns suffer fifth straight loss at the hands of the Kings

    Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 117-103 loss to Kings on March 28. The Good: Wesley Johnson […]
  • The Suns wave the orange flag

    The Suns played to lose. And guess what? They lost 103-88 at Utah. We’re not exactly sure what the pregame whiteboard listed as the “Keys” Wednesday night, but, essentially, all that really needed to be written: “Goran Dragic: DNP-CD = L.” Did not play – coach’s decision. Equals loss. That was the pep talk guaranteed […]
  • Suns’ Babby: ‘Culture change’ not quite what people think

    As president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, Lon Babby has been right in the middle of the “culture change” the team is trying to undergo. But what, exactly, is a culture change? It’s an oft-thrown around term that is generally used when a new coach takes over a team, a way of saying […]
  • For Lindsey Hunter, the ‘interim’ is gone

    It’s pretty obvious to me that Lindsey Hunter is the present and future head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Goran Dragic was held out of the Utah game Wednesday because he’s run many more miles this year than any other Sun according to Lon Babby. There are eight NBA point guards who have played in […]
  • Suns Strokes: Dragic-less Suns overmatched in loss to Jazz

    Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 103-88 loss to Jazz on March 27. The Good: The Suns […]
  • Suns’ Babby: Team not ready to decide on Lindsey Hunter’s future

    Back when the Phoenix Suns decided to part ways with head coach Alvin Gentry, president of basketball operations Lon Babby said his replacement was assured of being the team’s coach for the rest of the season — and nothing more. “It will be an interim coach,” Babby said. At that point the Phoenix Suns were […]
  • Jared Dudley: Culture change is tied to effort level

    When one goes over what we’ve seen from the 2012-13 Phoenix Suns, several keywords will be offered. ‘Culture’ is one. Suns brass and interim head coach Lindsey Hunter have often talked of changing the culture of the Suns organization — one that was two games away from a trip to the NBA Finals just three […]
  • Suns’ message to Markieff Morris: Rebound or don’t play

    Call it an ultimatum. Call it tough love. Phoenix Suns coach Lindsey Hunter is making it crystal clear what he expects from Markieff Morris. “If you rebound, you play. If you don’t, you sit,” Hunter said he’s told his second-year power forward. “What else can I say? It’s clear cut. “It’s not about making shots,” […]
  • Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal practices, unsure if he’ll play Wednesday

    For the first time since suffering a left calf strain late in the game against Washington on March 20, Jermaine O’Neal practiced. “I’m not sure if I’m ready though (to play),” he said. “Still didn’t really have a good pop to it. Still ran with a little bit of a limp.” Suns coach Lindsey Hunter […]
  • Suns analyst Tim Kempton: ‘I’m a little confused on what’s going on with the Phoenix Suns’

    If there’s one thing the Phoenix Suns have been consistent with during the 2012-13 season, it’s been their level of inconsistency. For example, take the team’s last 11 games. The Suns are 2-9 in that stretch, but their lone wins have come against playoff contenders (Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers). However, in that same […]
  • Suns Strokes: Dragic, Suns come up short vs. Nets

    Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 102-100 loss to the Nets on March 24. The Good: Goran […]
  • Suns Strokes: Phoenix eliminated from the playoffs

    Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 117-86 loss to the Wizards on March 22. The Good: The […]
  • Suns’ play-by-play announcer Al McCoy: Wesley Johnson fits in well with Suns

    The Phoenix Suns (23-46) have had few bright spots during their 2012-13 season. Goran Dragic was brought back to town, and the move seems to be paying dividends, as the Dragon is leading the team in points(14.1), assists (7.0) and minutes (33.0) per game. He also leads the league in double-digit assist games since the […]
  • Suns on the brink of another playoff-less season

    If a magic number indicates the combination of game results a team needs to qualify for the postseason, is the same number for playoff contention elimination an “unmagic number?” If it is, that number for the Phoenix Suns is one. A Suns loss or one more win by the Los Angeles Lakers would eliminate Phoenix […]
  • Lindsey Hunter benches young players in loss to Wizards

    The Washington Wizards came to Phoenix with only five road wins to their credit this season. They left with six. Washington outscored the Suns 34-19 in the second quarter on their way to an 88-79 win at US Airways Center Wednesday night — their first win in the Valley since December of 2006. The loss […]

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