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The Phoenix Suns have gone 3-1 in the last 4 games played with an impressive 24 point route over the Indiana Pacers, an uninspiring loss to the Wizards at home, a remarkable comeback win on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers and an 11 point win on the road against Philadelphia. Phoenix is still the 7th seed in the West sitting at 26-18. They are fighting off the Mavericks, Grizzlies, Nuggets and Timberwolves for one of those last two playoffs spots in the wild Western Conference.
Former Sun Marcin Gortat praying for a win against the Suns.
Weekly Roundup: Marcin Gortat spoke about his return to the Valley of the Sun, Archie Goodwin went to the D-League for a two game stint, Eric Bledsoe talked about his injury and a report leaked out that the Suns plan to match any offer he receives this offseason (duh), and Emeka Okafor’s name has come up as trade bait. Here is a breakdown of all of these news, notes and rumors surrounding the Suns over the past week.
Phoenix shipped away the 7-foot “Polish Hammer” just days before the season started in what’s turned out to be a good trade for both parties. The Wizards got an established center that is producing well for them as their third option behind guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, while the Suns were able to create more playing time for breakout center Miles Plumlee and acquire a protected 2014 draft pick that they will likely receive despite its protection.
Gortat said that he had “no hard feelings” for the Suns and thinks they are a great team and hopes they make the playoffs. In a post-game interview on Fox Sports Arizona, Gortat said he’s happy to see the Suns doing well and he’s glad the trade was a win-win. Phoenix just wasn’t the right fit for Marcin in the long run, especially during the “rebuilding” process. Unfortunately for the Suns, Gortat left Phoenix with a win in his return.
Goodwin’s D-League Stint
Archie Goodwin was sent down to the Developmental League for a quick 2-game stint to get some more playing time and see a rise in confidence. Goodwin appeared in two games for the Bakersfield Jam averaging 29.5 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game in 44.0 minutes per game. This included an impressive 32 point performance with 15 of 18 shooting from the free throw line on Friday.
With the addition of Leandro Barbosa, I think we all saw this coming. As long as LB is on the team he will likely see scarce playing time, especially once (if he does) Bledsoe returns. I see another D-League stint coming up for Archie Goodwin in the near future barring any major injuries.
Latest on Eric Bledsoe
The Suns plan to match any offer that Eric Bledsoe will receive this offseason in restricted free agency. Obviously it’s been thought this for a while, but with the recent knee injury to Bledsoe there could be a little more caution in regard to what the other teams may offer him. Bledsoe says he’s feeling better and “taking it slow” but hopes to return this season once he’s 100 percent.
If he does indeed lace it up again this season and plays well and doesn’t have any setbacks, then he could be looking at receiving that max contract offer that he was in line for pre-injury. However, if he sits out the rest of the season and has a setback in recovering, then I find it hard to see another team offering him a max deal. It’s all pure speculation at this point, of course, but it will be interesting to see how things play out.
The Suns will play Wednesday night against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks in a game that they need to win to keep pace with the rest of the West. After playing the Bucks on Wednesday night, the Suns will travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers the very next day.
Also, don’t be surprised to see the Suns trade Emeka Okafor before the trade deadline, as his expiring contract will be an extremely valuable asset and trade piece for Phoenix. Hoopsrumors.com has more on why Okafor’s contract could be highly sought after here: http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2014/01/emeka-okafor-trade.html.
BEST OF MAXIM
As we wait to see if Goran Dragic has impressed rival coaches enough to warrant selection among this year's All-Star reserves, let's jump into this week's edition of Suns Spots.
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Well, beyond the obvious names of Jeff Hornacek and Dragic, we're looking at which players' performances usually define how the Suns fare.
As momentum gathers for the NBA's Feb. 20 trade deadline, the Phoenix Suns hold one of the league's most valuable assets for deal partners wanting to save themselves several millions of dollars: the expiring – and insured – contract of injured center Emeka Okafor.
Once Phoenix reached the midway point of its season on Wednesday with Okafor still sidelined with a neck...
Markieff Morris scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90 on Sunday night.
The Suns turned in a dominant second half, outscoring the Cavaliers 56-29. Channing Frye finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers after halftime, and Goran Dragic scored 15 to help Phoenix pull off the comeback on the...
Emeka Okafor has not played all season, sidelined with a neck injury. He probably will not see the floor at all this season, yet could be the most prized possession of the trade deadline. We have discussed an Okafor deal here before, but yesterday Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports told us why things will get even more interesting. Now that the Suns have reached the halfway point...
The Phoenix Suns have signed Lenardo Barbosa for the remainder of the season.
Barbosa has appeared in nine games with Phoenix this season over the course of two 10-day contracts, averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.4 minutes. Barbosa came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, in 30 minutes of action at New York on Jan. 13.
Goran Dragic has excellent All-Star credentials as one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 19 points on 49 percent shooting and six assists per game with LeBron James being the other.
“If they put me there, I’ll probably be the happiest guy in the whole world,” Dragic said. “For the first five seasons, I couldn’t even imagine or think about that I could be there...
Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic had 24 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 124-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
There was no need for a Suns comeback in this one. They led wire-to-wire over the hapless Sixers, one night after they rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to win at Cleveland.
The Suns made their first six shots and 10 of 11, and...
A debate about whether Goran Dragic is playing like an All-Star is unnecessary.
He indisputably is. Look at where Dragic has put the shocking Suns and held them up in Eric Bledsoe’s absence. Look at his membership in the 19-point, six-assist, 49-percent club — him, MVP LeBron James and nobody else. Look at his perpetual effort with determination that turns into fire-breathing...
The Suns were playing so badly that their parents might have booed them.
Once down by 20 and trailing 61-43 at halftime to the league’s second-worst offense, they got a scolding no parent could muster Sunday night.
Suns assistant coach Mike Longabardi, in charge of piecing back together a shredded defense, channeled his 2001 Jim “Playoffs?!” Mora with a similar rant and Suns...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Markieff Morris scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90 on Sunday night.
The Suns turned in a dominant second half, outscoring the Cavaliers 56-29. Channing Frye finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers after halftime, and Goran Dragic scored 15 to help Phoenix pull off the...
Scoring 124 points on a Philadelphia team with the league’s youngest roster and third-worst record will not draw the same kudos for the Suns that it did five days earlier when their season scoring high came against an Indiana team with the best record and defense.
Getting a wire-to-wire win a night after having to rally from 20 points down in Cleveland should do that.
The Phoenix Suns started their four-game road trip in dramatic fashion, erasing a big deficit behind a dominant defensive performance in the second half to come away with a win.
On Monday night, the Suns continue the trip when they face the Philadelphia 76ers, a team on the opposite end of the defensive spectrum.
Against Cleveland on Sunday, the Suns held the Cavaliers to just...
After opening a four-game trip with victories over two teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Phoenix Suns now hope to handle the worst team in the East before facing its best.
The Suns can match a season high with their third straight road victory by handing the lowly Bucks a fourth consecutive loss Wednesday night.
One night after rallying from an 18-point halftime...
Cleveland Cavaliers (16-27) vs. Phoenix Suns (24-18)
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
TV: 6 p.m., FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pre-game at 5:30)
PHOENIX: C Miles Plumlee; PF Channing Frye; SF P.J. Tucker; SG Gerald Green; PG Goran Dragic.
CLEVELAND: C Anderson Varejao; PF Tristan Thompson; SF Luol Deng; SG C.J. Miles; PG Kyrie Irving.