Toss us your Suns questions, and the Bright Side of the Sun staff will answer the best ones in a weekly SunBlast mailbag.

As the Phoenix Suns continue to climb out of the basement of the Western Conference, and even if they drop back down at some point, we here at Bright Side of the Sun realize the quest for Suns news is insatiable.

I first started blogging several years ago because i just couldn't find enough Suns content each day to make me feel like I had read all there was to read about my favorite team. So why not initiate the conversation, I thought. Writing a blog isn't all about speaking your mind at the expense of the readers. It's more about starting a conversation by giving the reader something they didn't already know.

These days, the group of us who run this blog have topics we want to discuss each week. Jim Coughenour does the weekly 'Going Gorilla'. Kris Habbas covers the week with 'Center of the Sun' and often gives us a roundtable and a podcast. Jacob Padilla hits the nation with 'Around the Association'. Mike Lisboa just joined us again, most notably providing 'Phact or Phiction' on a regular basis as well as a weekly 'Madhouse'. Sean Sullivan is on year two of 'Player of the Week' coverage. Sreekar gives us the occasional 'Solar Flares' As for myself, I pick out random topics every other day or so.

All of those features have something in common: we want to know the answer to something, take a few minutes to research it, and then write an article on it.

But there's just a half-dozen of us writers versus 50-100 regular commenters versus 10,000+ total readers every day.

What does that mean?

That means there's LOT of Suns questions we're not answering every week with our coverage.

Introducing a new weekly (or biweekly) series:

The Sunblast

(or, something better than that if you've got a better idea)

I'd like to put together a weekly mailbag on the Phoenix Suns.

Send me your Suns questions via email and I'll answer the best ones in a regular feature, likely posting on Thursdays or Fridays.

For this inaugural post, coming Thursday, leave me your questions in the comments below. I will do my best to answer the best 5 or 6 questions for a post on Thursday.

Toss us your Suns questions, and the Bright Side of the Sun staff will answer the best ones in a weekly SunBlast mailbag.

As the Phoenix Suns continue to climb out of the basement of the Western Conference, and even if they drop back down at some point, we here at Bright Side of the Sun realize the quest for Suns news is insatiable.

I first started blogging several years ago because i just couldn't find enough Suns content each day to make me feel like I had read all there was to read about my favorite team. So why not initiate the conversation, I thought. Writing a blog isn't all about speaking your mind at the expense of the readers. It's more about starting a conversation by giving the reader something they didn't already know.

These days, the group of us who run this blog have topics we want to discuss each week. Jim Coughenour does the weekly 'Going Gorilla'. Kris Habbas covers the week with 'Center of the Sun' and often gives us a roundtable and a podcast. Jacob Padilla hits the nation with 'Around the Association'. Mike Lisboa just joined us again, most notably providing 'Phact or Phiction' on a regular basis as well as a weekly 'Madhouse'. Sean Sullivan is on year two of 'Player of the Week' coverage. Sreekar gives us the occasional 'Solar Flares' As for myself, I pick out random topics every other day or so.

All of those features have something in common: we want to know the answer to something, take a few minutes to research it, and then write an article on it.

But there's just a half-dozen of us writers versus 50-100 regular commenters versus 10,000+ total readers every day.

What does that mean?

That means there's LOT of Suns questions we're not answering every week with our coverage.

Introducing a new weekly (or biweekly) series:

The Sunblast

(or, something better than that if you've got a better idea)

I'd like to put together a weekly mailbag on the Phoenix Suns.

Send me your Suns questions via email and I'll answer the best ones in a regular feature, likely posting on Thursdays or Fridays.

For this inaugural post, coming Thursday, leave me your questions in the comments below. I will do my best to answer the best 5 or 6 questions for a post on Thursday.

Blindly choose what the Phoenix Suns didn’t do right in a 108-95 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, and there’s a good chance it’d be spot on. The Suns’ defense...

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Welp.

The upstart Phoenix Suns got schooled by a veteran Brooklyn Nets squad. The Nets never blinked in the face of multiple Suns' attempts to make it a competitive game after Brooklyn firmly seized control of the game in the first quarter. Phoenix's defensive woes continued as they allowed Brooklyn to shoot 58.6% from the field.

Paul Pierce (10 points) and Mason Plumlee (14 points, 11 rebounds) did the damage early for the Nets and Deron Williams (28 points) and Joe Johnson (19 points) did it all game long, scoring seemingly whenever they wanted.  For Phoenix, Gerald Green (17 points) and Markieff Morris (18 points) carried the ramshackle offense.  Goran Dragi? (13 points, again saddle with early foul trouble struggled to make an impact.  The other half of the Slash Bros., Eric Bledsoe (10 points on 4-10 shooting), fared poorly as well.  Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee were non-factors, combining for a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds). If there were any positives to be taken from this game, it would be Archie Goodwin's strong fourth quarter play on both ends of the court.

It may be premature, but if the Phoenix Suns doesn't make the playoffs, the coffin nails started getting hammered in Brooklyn.  This is a good young team in a tough tough conference.  They certainly seem to be playing with effort every night but the consistency that comes with experience isn't there yet.  It might be too late to make the playoffs this season (barring a Memphis Grizzlies or Dallas Mavericks collapse), but there's still plenty to be excited about in Phoenix.

First Half

There's a breakdown below, but here's all you need to know about the Suns' defense in the first half: Brooklyn scored 44 of their 62 points in the paint and shot 67.5% from the field.  They pretty much had their way with the Suns.  Credit their defense for creating some of those easy buckets with 8 first half steals on the way to forcing 11 Phoenix turnovers.

The Brooklyn Nets small ball line-up gave the Phoenix Suns' starters trouble early.  Channing Frye struggled to cover Paul Pierce, who had 7 quick points to get Brooklyn out to a 17-9 run.  For the second game in a row, Goran Dragi? found himself on the bench early in the first quarter after picking up 2 early fouls.  The bench fared no better as Brooklyn extended their lead to 30-16 with :46 left to go in the first when a Gerald Green 3-pointer finally stopped the bleeding.  Marcus Morris hit 1 of 2 free throws on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to 10 to end the quarter.  The pace favored the Nets who got their 30 points on 70% shooting. It was an embarrassing defensive showing for the Suns who gave up open 3s, open transition jumpers and open drives to the hoop.  Six first quarter turnovers did nothing to help either.

The Suns opened the second quarter by allowing Andrei Kirillenko a big dunk and giving up a couple of more buckets to fall behind by 14.  Fortunately, they found their defensive pot o' gold and put together a 6-0 run to make it a 36-28 Net lead.  Gerald Green took it upon himself to keep the Suns in the game, scoring 7 of the Suns' first 11 points of the period.  After a pair of Dragi? drives, Gerald Green put Mason Plumlee on a poster with a fearsome dunk to get Phoenix with in 6.

That was the high point of the second quarter as Brooklyn rattled off 8 straight points to turn the Phoenix insurgency back.  Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee did most of the damage, scoring 8 and 7 points each in the quarter.  The Suns trailed going into the half, 62-49.

Second Half

Things got no better in the third quarter for Phoenix.  Brooklyn went on a 9-2 run and threatened to put the game into blowout territory with a 20 point lead.  Phoenix recognized their predicament and finally played with some urgency.  A lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, Goran Dragic, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker took it to Brooklyn, cutting that lead to 9 (76-67) with 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter.  But as before, the Nets remained poised and scored 14 straight points to go up by 23 before the Suns scored the last 5 points of the 3rd period to make it 90-72.

Too little, too late is becoming a theme with this squad.  Again, Phoenix came with an 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter and again, the Nets responded by cooling scoring 5 of their own, including a long 3-ball by Deron Williams to stem the tide.  Phoenix never got closer than 11 in the fourth and Archie Goodwin, Dionte Christmas, Alex Len and Shavlik Randolph all saw minute down the stretch.

Time: 4:30 pm MST TV: FSAZ Another day, another game, and another chance for the Phoenix Suns to get a much needed win as they chase the Grizzlies and Mavericks in the West. After a win yesterday...

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