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Author: Yashas Raman

Trevor Ariza Turned the Suns into Championship Contenders

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf the Suns win a championship soon, they should gift Trevor Ariza with a ring. Back when they were still horrible, the Suns signed Ariza in the 2018 offseason on a massive one-year, $15 million contract. However, the move looked bad immediately after the season started. Ariza was a solid player, but he seemed to show absolutely no effort on his new team. This led to him being absolutely despised by the Sun’s fanbase. So how did Ariza cause the Suns to become contenders? The Suns traded Ariza at the 2018-19 trade deadline after seeing no...

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What has Gone Wrong with the Phoenix Suns?

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Phoenix Suns started out the 2020-21 NBA season hot, with a 5-1 record. Since then, they have fallen to 10-8 including a stretch that saw them drop five out of six games. How did the Suns fall from such a great start? The most apparent problem with the Suns is that they can’t seem to keep any sort of lead. Of their seven losses since that great start, five of them had the Suns with the lead at some point in the second half. The Suns have also jumped out to a lead many times...

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Analyzing The Phoenix Suns’ Offseason Moves

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Phoenix Suns entered the 2020 NBA Restart Bubble as the team furthest away from earning a playoff spot. However, they went a perfect 8-0 and came so close to making the playoffs in an improbable run. This led to lofty expectations for the team in the 2020-21 season, to which GM James Jones responded to by making a series of moves. Here is my analysis of the moves and the impact of the new acquisitions through the first four games of this new NBA season. The Phoenix Suns made arguably the biggest move of the...

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What Should We Take Away From the Suns’ Bubble Performance

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Phoenix Suns entered the NBA’s restart bubble in Orlando as the 13th best team in the Western Conference and the team furthest back from a playoff spot out all the teams invited. However, the Suns shocked the basketball world, and went 8-0 while coming agonizingly close to making the playoffs. The Suns finished with the same record ass the 9th seed Grizzlies, but lost the tiebreaker, meaning Memphis would move on to the play-in tournament. Although the Suns missed the playoffs, they still showed some great signs out in Orlando. To start, the Suns finished...

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What If: The 2007 Phoenix Suns

Reading Time: 2 minutesGame 4 of the 2007 Western Conference Finals. Suns vs Spurs in San Antonio. The Suns lead the Spurs 100-97 with 10.2 seconds left in the game. The ball is in Steve Nash’s hands with the Spurs having to intentionally foul. That’s when Robert Horry hip-checks Nash into the scorer’s table, starting a fight and getting himself ejected. The Suns would win that game 104-98 and level the series at 2-2, but the damage was far from done. When Nash got hit, Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw, who were sitting on the bench, just simply stepped...

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