For the first time ever, the Phoenix Suns will be streaming live video of a day in the life of a basketball team.

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes on gameday? Me too. Media is only allowed at certain, short points in the day and the public doesn't get in at all.

Now you can find out. Watch suns.com all day for live streaming.

The first-of-its-kind program will tip-off at 7:30 a.m. and will follow the team all the way up until the Suns' pregame show on FOX Sports Arizona at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Suns' matchup with the Sacramento Kings on "Fan Appreciation Night."

Fans will receive a backstage pass to everything leading up to an NBA game, as cameras follow Suns players to breakfast, through practice, media interviews and treatments in the training room. The webcast will also take viewers into the coaches meetings and the team's locker room, and even into the home of Marcus and Markieff Morris, as their personal chef prepares their favorite pregame meal on Friday afternoon.

Check out suns.com today to see what happens all day long today, in prep for tonight's game. Maybe you'll even see Kris in an unintentional photo bomb.

Tonight is also Fan Appreciation Night - major discounts on apparel, giveaways, etc. Hopefully, the arena will be full.

A look at Suns-related news floating around the internet from the last week. Also an open thread to discuss anything and everything.

In the last week, the Suns only had two games - they were able to cage the Raptors at home with a 106-97 victory and beat the Lakers in Hollywood 114-108. In short, the Suns took care of business.

The win against the Lakers was especially satisfying, both for obvious reasons - beating LA is ALWAYS a pleasant experience - and because it was simply a well-played game by Phoenix. The Suns led for almost the entire game and showed great poise by maintaining their lead and withstanding any run the Lakers attempted to make. This victory was arguably the best road win of the season for Phoenix, and it was made even sweeter by the fact that it came against the Lakers in Kobe Bryant's second game back.

I'd just like to point out something that makes me a very happy Suns fan: Phoenix's backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe is averaging a collective 37.0 points, 12.5 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game. Those fantastic numbers are among the best of all starting backcourts in the NBA. The only other ones that rival the production of DragonBlade/Bledgic/Dragsoe are the "Splash Bros" in Golden State, Steph Curry/Klay Thompson (44.6 points, 11.5 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game), Portland's duo of Damian Lillard/Wesley Matthews (36.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 8.1 rebounds), and John Wall/Bradley Beal (currently injured) in Washington (40.2 points, 12.6 assists, and 8.6 assists). It should be noted that both Wall and Beal are shooting below 42% from the field this season.

Factoring in overall output and efficiency, one could make a strong case for the Suns having the best starting backcourt in the NBA outside of Oakland, CA. Enjoy it, Suns fans.

Let's now take a look at some random Suns-related content that floated around various parts of the internet this last week.

Power Rankings

Most of these power rankings were published earlier in the week, so keep in mind that they haven't accounted for the win against the Lakers.

CBS Sports (Dec. 9) - #10:

By the time you realize this team isn't tanking, they've kicked your ass.

Sports Illustrated (Dec. 9) - #11:

The Suns might have more staying power than we thought. They've won six of nine since a four-game losing streak and they rank in the top 10 in points per possession and net rating. Best of all, Phoenix plays with high energy on a nightly basis, an impressive feat for an inexperienced team playing under a first-year coach in Jeff Hornacek.

ESPN (Dec. 9) - #10:

Eric Bledsoe is back from his shin injury and back in the starting lineup. How he and Goran Dragic fare as a starting twosome will remain a fascination, especially after Dragic just rumbled for an average of 21.2 points and 9.2 assists over a recent six-game stretch that began during EB's absence.

USA Today (Dec. 8) - #13:

(note that the "fact" in the quote below is entirely incorrect. Bledsoe and Dragic lead the team in scoring, while Green and the Morris twins are pretty close in points per game.

Former NBA outcast Gerald Green is second on this team in points.

NBC Sports (Dec. 9) - #11

Eric Bledsoe is back in the lineup, which is good news, but now this far into the season we can just say that Jeff Hornacek has to come up in any coach-of-the-year conversations. His team is playing well at both ends.

Fox Sports (Dec. 9) - #11

The Suns won all three games this week, including road wins against the Rockets and Lakers. Nobody would have guessed that 20 games in, the Suns would have a spot in the top eight out West, ahead of the Warriors, Grizzlies and Timberwolves.

Preposterously Premature Playoff Picture

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Phoenix is currently 7th in the West (ahead of Golden State, Dallas and Minnesota - who woulda thunk?). If the playoffs were to start today, we'd get yet another Suns-Spurs series.

Link of the Week

Last week, Grant Hill revealed on TNT's Inside the NBA that Shaquille O'Neal once put a Suns teammate in a sleeper hold. Hill never revealed who it was after Shaq told him that "snitches get stitches." Earlier this week, AZ Republic's Paul Coro revealed who the victim was: Gordon Giricek - remember him? Click on the link and read the story (it involves Giricek literally passing out).

Plays of the Week

Eric Bledsoe's tough, buzzer-beating layup against the Lakers:


Twinception: Marcus's alley to Markieff's oop:


Goran Dragic runs circles around the Raptors' defense:


Tweets of the Week

Yet another nickname for Miles Plumlee was introduced this week.  @Marco_Romo invented it and Channing Frye approved. This one's my personal favorite: Plumbledore

"@Marco_Romo: @Channing_Frye I had to pic.twitter.com/XGnfW8P4HO"- yessss!!!!!!!!!

— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) December 10, 2013

The Professor Plumbledore nickname inspired me to put my impeccable photoshop skills to use:

This is what happens when no one stops me and my excellent photoshop skills. Goran Dragic and the Half-BLED Prince: pic.twitter.com/2lHyhtqQBw

— Sreekar (@sreekyshooter) December 10, 2013

The Phoenix Suns' victory over the Lakers gained a lot of online attention as many people were watching Kobe's second game back from his injury. Suns got a lot of love:

That Kobe dunk looked like pretty much every dunk Michael Jordan had as a Wizard

— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) December 11, 2013

JaredDudley&a2ndroundpick just hit two insane layups to end the 3rd quarter. He has 16 & 7. Suns up 79-74.

— BrightSideoftheSun (@BrightSideSun) December 11, 2013

Bledsoe just ran over to Dragic with a huge smile to congratulate him on that layup. That pretty much sums up why I love this @Suns team.

— Ben York (@bjyork) December 11, 2013

Last year, 6 Suns players had down seasons statistically. This year, 7 Suns are averaging career highs in points per game. #HornacekEffect

— BrightSideoftheSun (@BrightSideSun) December 11, 2013

Who had the "Warriors, Grizzlies & TWolves will each lose 10 games before the Suns" parlay?

— J.A. Adande (@jadande) December 11, 2013

@KyleNehf At least Nuggets had remnants of a playoff team. Suns stripped down a non-playoff team…and got better

— J.A. Adande (@jadande) December 11, 2013

All seriousness: Morris twins have been great. Gives Suns two guys to run offense through on their second unit.

— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) December 11, 2013

We see you @Goran_Dragic and @EBled2 with your 18 points and and 6 assists each per game...and 12-9 record.

— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) December 11, 2013

If LeBron ever teams up with another young star it will be Eric Bledsoe, not Kyrie. You can see that from miles away.

— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) December 11, 2013

I love this Suns team.

— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) December 11, 2013

Bright Sider of the Week

This week's Bright Sider award goes to...................... The Solution Jessica! Who, you ask? None other than The Solution's girlfriend, whose relationship with him apparently represents a sort of barometer for the Phoenix Suns' success. Go check out the whole story in The Solution's quite entertaining fanpost. Congrats, Jessica!

(Just kidding, The Solution - you win. The award is yours. The girl is yours. The world is yours. You can change that signature now).

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The buzz around the game may have centered on Kobe Bryant, but the Suns were the stars tonight. Behind several dazzling individual performances, and a team effort, the Suns played from ahead the entire game and put away the Lakers down the stretch.

Recap:

The Suns bounded off to a 10-3 start by running the floor and getting to the basket while the Lakers' ball movement seemed a little disjointed. Los Angeles settled down, though, and tied the game up at 14 on back-to-back dunks by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. A three point play by Goran Dragic pushed the lead back to five (19-14) before Marcus Morris scored the last seven points of the quarter for Phoenix to give them a five point cushion at the end of the period.

Suns 26, Lakers 21

The Suns again started a quarter quickly by blasting the Lakers with a 11-2 run to push their lead to double digits (37-23). Marcus Morris was leading the charge with 11 points in the early going. Turnovers by the Suns let the Lakers hang around, however, and by the six minute mark LA had nudged back within eight (40-32). The Suns continued to convert in transition, while the Lakers were more polished in their halfcourt sets. Each team was attempting to impose an opposite style of play.

LA cut the Suns lead to 50-47 on a Jodie Meeks three point shot on a second chance opportunity, but Phoenix responded with Dragic hitting a three of his own and capping his game high first half scoring (17) on a technical free throw after an ill-advised shove by Shawne Williams. The final seconds of the half were somewhat controversial, as Gasol managed to hit a jumper as time expired after a questionable call on a ball that went out of bounds gave the Lakers possession under the Suns basket with 1.8 seconds remaining.

Suns 56, Lakers 51

Third time's a charm, as Phoenix extended the lead to 14 by scoring the first nine points of the quarter. But, as was previously the case, they stalled enough to let the Lakers hang around. Steve Blake and Jordan Hill keyed a 21-8 run to cut the lead all the way down to one (73-72), capped by a hook shot by Hill with 1:56 left in the period. But after they managed just eight points over 8:36 while the Lakers got back in the mix, the Suns finished strong (again) with six points in the final 1:13, including two contortionist style layups by Bledsoe to keep them ahead going into the fourth. The Suns had bent again, but still managed not to let the Lakers regain the lead.

Suns 79, Lakers 74

The Suns continued to respond to every Lakers' challenge as they went back up by seven (86-79) after a tightly contested 18 foot face up jumper by Markieff Morris and an open corner three from Gerald Green. That 7-5 beginning, though not as pronounced as the first three periods, was emblematic of how they'd sprung out of the gates all night. Still, LA had lurked within striking distance all game and was still right there as crunch time approached. Dragic scored just his second basket of the second half on a "Goran Shake" to put the Suns up 90-84, which prompted a timeout by the Lakers to sub in their starters/closers.

While Kobe tried to go to work for the Lakers, the Morrii were answering on the other end. A nine point Suns lead was cut back down to four with 3:38 left after a free throw by Nick Young, but after that the Suns took care of business. Markieff had an acrobatic reverse layup. Marcus hit a contested 18 foot jumper right over the top of an outstretched Gasol. Dragic sliced the Lakers defense to ribbons and scored at the rim. The Lakers were still within six (105-99) with just over a minute to go, but Tucker rebounded a Suns miss and Dragic hit two free throws after he was fouled with 43 seconds left to push the lead to 107-99. The Suns hit their free throws down the stretch and salted the game.

Final Score: Suns 114, Lakes 108

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Player of the Game:

Goran Dragic. He set the tone for the game with 10 first quarter points and by establishing a harried pace that kept the Lakers on their heels in transition all night. Goran also closed the game with 12 fourth quarter points while going clean from the line down the stretch (8-8 in the fourth, 11-11 on the game). Dragic finished with a game high 31 points, including several scores on filthy moves, to go with five assists.  The 31 points matches Goran's season high, a total he has now hit three times this season.

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Comments of the Game:

Kobe legit looked like Wizards MJ on the dunk.

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How

Does FOX Sports not manage to get a functioning scoreboard for an entire quarter?

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Remember when we all cheered and whooped in the streets of Phoenix when we drafted Markieff Morris?

And built a statue of Lance Blanks at the front of US Airways Center?

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Can we start calling PJ "Padlock" Tucker

Cause of his "lockdown" defense

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Dragic

Has to be one of the best players in the league in the open court. Absolutely unstoppable.

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So now we've blown two 14 point leads?

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Imagine if Nash was guarding Bledsoe....

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Twins mode activate!

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Suck on that Lakers.

We didn't even need Hedo for that one.

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The Good:

Starting strong, finishing strong. The Suns won the beginning and end of every quarter. First quarter: started 10-3, finished 5-1. Second quarter: started 11-2, finished 6-4. Third quarter: started 9-0, finished 6-2. Fourth quarter: started 7-5, finished with the W.

P.J. Tucker had another offensive rebound to effectively ice another game, just like he slammed the door on Toronto. Despite struggling through a forgettable night on offense he still found a way to make a positive impact by pulling down a game high 11 rebounds.

Wonder Twins Unite. These guys have undergone a sublime metamorphosis between last season and now. They are still not without some fluctuations in their play on any given night, but they can also provide one of the best punches off the bench in the league on any given night. And the consistency seems to be improving along with the overall play. A game after Markieff goes 11-14 from the field Marcus responds with 10-13. Their 37 tonight barely bested their 35 from that game. Plus, they both came up huge during winning time in the fourth quarter.

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The Bad:

Technological malfunctions at the arena caused a statistical blackout. Even the tracker at the bottom of the screen on Phoenix's local broadcast was absent or haywire during the first quarter. It was halftime before the box of everything started to report intelligible numbers from the game. There was even a stoppage in play due to a 40 second shot clock. Really Hollywood?

The Suns should have probably blew this game open at some point as their lead swelled to 14 to start both the second and third quarters. After playing lock down defense the previous two games they seemed to struggle at times against LA's halfcourt offense and surrendered 49% shooting.

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The Ugly:

Nothing. Well, I guess there was some chatter about Steve Blake and Nick Young, but I can't think of anything else.

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Final Thoughts:

The Suns were finally able to break through their two game barrier and earn their first three game winning streak this season. There is no reason they can't stretch that to four next game against the Kings. This was a solid victory against a legitimate opponent on the road, made sweeter by the fact that it was the rival Lakers.

The Suns are beginning to trend as a stalwart road team, standing at 6-6 on the season after tonight and their recent win against Houston. And while the team is only two games out of 13th in a Chinese finger trap of a Western Conference, they are also only 1.5 games behind the Pacific Division leading Clippers.

The Suns are playing pretty damn well. And they...

Beat LA.

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