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Based on its application, we might've presumed the word "safe" had been appropriated to define a position on a basketball court.
It would go something like this: Markieff Morris, safe power forward.
Well, that reference certainly seemed to mark a comfort zone for the unofficial seers of the 2011 NBA Draft, who were obliged to judge the Phoenix Suns' selection at No. 13.
"If he's considered 'safe,' I'll take it every day of the week."
Those words were used by Suns general manager Lance Blanks to define his position on the rookie from Kansas. It should be noted that safe often is lobbed into the adjective pool as a method to filter any allegedly misguided interpretation of a prospect's (more code here) "upside."
After three years playing for the Jayhawks alongside twin brother Marcus (pick No. 14 of the Houston Rockets), the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris had inspired muted celebration of his potential. Unlike some of the you...
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PHOENIX -- It still seems bizarre each time it's said, but it can't denied: The Phoenix Suns are playing good, solid defense.
The defensive revolution -- albeit brief thus far -- continued in Phoenix on Friday night as the Suns (3-4) handed the NBA's third best scoring team just its second loss in a 102-77 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
"Our defense has been...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points in 27 minutes as the Phoenix Suns routed the weary and short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 109-93 on Sunday night.
The Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th straight time, the NBA's second-longest active streak behind San Antonio's 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.
Phoenix shot 58 percent, led by Marcin Gortat...
Steve Nash made all seven shots, two of them 3-pointers, and handed out nine assists, then sat out the fourth quarter to watch his Phoenix Suns complete a 102-77 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Jared Dudley scored 18 and Nash 17 for the Suns. Marcin Gortat added 12. LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points for the Trail Blazers, who shot 33 percent, 28 percent in the first half.
Suns extra: Michael Redd's return to NBA action in the coming days with the Phoenix Suns has been two years in the making and filled with doubt about whether he could do it at all.
The Suns are shooting just 42.1 percent from the field as a team.
The Suns' fondly remembered offense finally found fourth gear, hitting 11 of its first 13 shots and never turning back in a 102-77 victory over Portland at US Airways Center.
Notes: Suns coach Alvin Gentry said guard Michael Redd might make his Suns debut in home games Thursday and Friday nights against Cleveland and New Jersey.
The Blazers looked tired last night as they only shot 32.5% from the floor while being outrebounded 47-38 by the Suns. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Blazers last night with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. Nicolas Batum filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots in this game. Jamal Crawford only shot 3 of 14 from the...
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Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Odds
Phoenix looks to cover the Suns-Bucks pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 3-4 mark when they host Milwaukee in NBA action.
The Suns currently sports a record of 3-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-3 ATS. The Bucks are 2-5 and 2-5 ATS. Betting totals have...
Long time Western Conference rivals square off in the desert Friday when the Phoenix Suns play host to the streaking Portland Trail Blazers.
Ronald Reagan was in his second term as President of the United States the last time the Milwaukee Bucks prevailed in Phoenix.