After finishing up his second of two 10-day contracts, Leandro Barbosa agreed to sign with the Phoenix Suns for the rest of the 2013-14 season, the team announced Tuesday. Barbosa used nine games to...

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Time to recap the week that was with quotes, stats, a 2014 NBA Draft Update, a preview of the week ahead, and much more as we get to the Center of the Sun...

Over the past few weeks I have been on a bit of a hiatus from attending the live events and on here with you Bright Siders. I apologize for that and will be back on track soon. Like the Phoenix Suns (26-18) getting back on track with a signature win and playing pretty well sans Eric Bledsoe for now.

Game Recaps

vs. Indiana Pacers - W (124-100) Full Recap

vs. Washington Wizards - L (95-101) Full Recap

@ Cleveland Cavaliers - W (99-90) Full Recap

@ Philadelphia 76ers - W (124-113) Full Recap

The Suns deserve a lot of credit for the way they played last week going 2-1 in a week that could have easily been the start of a decline from their current playoff position. The Pacers are a top tier team and the Wizards are formidable as we all found out.

Even the Cavaliers have 2-3 All-Star caliber players with quality talent around them.

Since dropping three games in a row on the road the team is 4-2 with impressive wins over the Pacers and Nuggets. Coach Jeff Hornacek is getting the best out of this bunch despite being short-handed minus Bledsoe. Now that the team has figured out the style and rotation for the most part they are a tough match-up for any team, because they are unpredictable.

That is a double-edged sword though for the team.

It is good because opponents do not know what to expect outside of the fast pace style and tempo. Teams are knocked back on their heels and the Suns have the potential to push them completely over throughout a game as we have seen. Then again it is a curse because on any given night Coach Hornacek does not know which team is going to show up. Such an odd dynamic that, to this point, has worked for the Suns over the past six games.

Key Stat

11-16 Threes

Against the Pacers everything went right and it was the biggest win of the season to date for the Suns. This team has so many barometers that saying that three point shooting is "the" barometer is unfair, because it is not. Energy, rebounding, the Morri performance, and other factors play into this teams success. The three point shooting has to be near or at the top of the list though. One game they can go 11-16 and then the next 7-22 and shoot themselves right out of a game. Overall the team is different, more efficient, and better when they shoot under 20 threes a night and close (or over) 40% collectively.

When they don't... Bad things happen.

Quote of the Week

I thought they played hard, we made eleven threes - which we needed to make shots against this team, but we only took 16. It wasn't like we were just jacking them up, we took good shots. Against a good team you have to take the good shots, you can't take any crazy ones. They played for all 48 minutes." -- Coach Hornacek after the Indiana win.

2014 NBA Draft Update

Surrogate Watch continues and the Suns have three first round picks with the current projections, none of which are in the lottery. A slight change of pace from pre-season projections. Here is the update on how the three picks look right now:

Minnesota Timberwolves (21-22) -- No. 12 Overall (Pick stays in Minnesota based on Protections) James Young, Freshman Wing Kentucky - Sharp shooter that will help the Wolves spread the floor between Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love.

Washington Wizards (21-22) -- No. 17 Overall (Pick goes to Phoenix based on Protections) Dario Saric, Forward Croatia - I feel like we have discussed Saric for a while on here and he is still tall, versatile, and a very talented prospect.

Phoenix Suns (25-18) -- No. 22 Overall (Pick stays in Phoenix based on Protections) Jabari Bird, Freshman Wing California - Athletic, two-way wing, that is just scratching the surface of his abilities as a freshman at Cal right now.

Indiana Pacers (34-9) -- No. 30 Overall (Pick goes to Phoenix based on Protections) Jordan Clarkson, Junior Point Guard Missouri - The Suns have done a great job with athletic point guards in this system and the potential loss of of Eric Bledsoe (and Ish Smith) adding a talent like Clarkson can fill the void.

Keep following along here to get updates and information on the 2014 NBA Draft Class and more.

News & Notes

  • Leandro Barbosa was signed for the rest of the season this week
  • Archie Goodwin scored 32 points (15/18 free-throws) and 27 points in two games with the Bakersfield Jam, both losses

Suns History Lesson

This week in Suns History: January 27th, 1998 -- Hot Rod Williams fouled out in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets.

This week in Suns History: January 27th, 1989 -- Kevin Johnson started Suns record streak of 57 consecutive made free-throws that lasted until February 9th of that year.

Previewing the Week Ahead:

Monday, January 27th @ Philadelphia 76ers (14-30)

Wednesday, January 29th @ Milwaukee Bucks (8-35)

Thursday, January 30th @ Indiana Pacers (34-9)

Saturday, February 1st vs. Charlotte Bobcats (19-27)

Back on the road again, but with some very winnable games this week for the Suns who are keeping pace, surprisingly, with the middle of the Western Conference standings. So far this year the Suns are 4-0 against the teams they are playing this week with the most impressive win coming against the Indiana Pacers last week. The Bucks have lost 11/12, the 76ers 9/11, and the Bobcats 7/11 as the Suns have to be like a shark that smells blood with these teams.

We saw earlier in the season how the Suns let their guard down and lost to the Brooklyn Nets, the Sacramento Kings (twice), and the Utah Jazz when they were struggling and the Suns were clicking.

How about a 3-1 week and a 28-19 record?

Per Leandro Barbosa himself, via Paul Coro of azcentral.com, the Phoenix Suns want to keep playing Meep-Meep! over the PA system for the rest of the season. The Suns made it official this morning.

According to Paul Coro of azcentral.com, who travels with the team on the road, the Phoenix Suns signed Leandro Barbosa to a contract last night for the remainder of the season.

UPDATE: The Suns announced the move this morning.

"It was really heavy on my shoulders," Barbosa said to Coro. "I was worried. I can breathe. It was something I had in the back of my mind that I don't now."

This move was expected. Coach Jeff Hornacek has been talking for weeks now that the Suns need Barbosa's veteran production during their playoff push - clearly for more than 10 or 20 days.

Barbosa has spent most of his 10-year career in Phoenix. He was initially acquired in a draft-day trade with San Antonio in 2003, joining the Suns as a spry 20-year old kid out of Brazil. He still holds the franchise record for most points as a rookie first-time starter with 27 points against the Chicago Bulls on January 5, 2004.

Barbosa played for the Suns for seven seasons, and won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2007 by averaging 18 points and 4 assists off the bench as one of Mike D'Antoni's "seven starters" that season.

But Barbosa's playing time diminished after Jason Richardson was acquired at shooting guard and with the emergence of Goran Dragic. Coupled with a wrist injury, Barbosa played less than 15 minutes per game during the Suns magical run to the Conference Finals in 2010.

Seeing his future in Phoenix as bleak, Barbosa reportedly requested a trade in the 2010 offseason to a team that would give him more minutes. He was traded to Toronto for Hedo Turkoglu in July of 2010, but did not get the starters minutes he wanted there either.

A year later, he was traded to Indiana and helped Indiana advance to the second round of the playoffs as a key contributor off the bench. The next year he was in Boston, but blew out his knee in the spring of 2012.

After recovering from the serious surgery, Barbosa found himself back home in Phoenix as the oldest player on the team.

"I’m happy that I found out I’m going to stay. I’m going to pray and thank God because it was a hard time for me when I did the surgery. If I look back and see what I’ve been through, many people didn’t believe I could come back and play for the NBA again. Now, they say they want to stay with me for the rest of the year. It’s a great thing."

Per the CBA, an NBA team can only "try out" a player on a maximum of two 10-day contracts. After that, they can only sign the player for the rest of the season or let him go.

I knew the second 10-day contract was up today, but a query to Suns president Lon Babby went unanswered. Luckily, Paul Coro was on the case and got the scoop.

The Phoenix Suns will likely announce the signing in a press release today.

Per Leandro Barbosa himself, via Paul Coro of azcentral.com, the Phoenix Suns want to keep playing Meep-Meep! over the PA system for the rest of the season.

According to Paul Coro of azcentral.com, who travels with the team on the road, the Phoenix Suns signed Leandro Barbosa to a contract last night for the remainder of the season.

"It was really heavy on my shoulders," Barbosa said to Coro. "I was worried. I can breathe. It was something I had in the back of my mind that I don't now."

This move was expected. Coach Jeff Hornacek has been talking for weeks now that the Suns need Barbosa's veteran production during their playoff push - clearly for more than 10 or 20 days.

Barbosa has spent most of his 10-year career in Phoenix. He was initially acquired in a draft-day trade with San Antonio in 2003, joining the Suns as a spry 20-year old kid out of Brazil. He still holds the franchise record for most points as a rookie first-time starter with 27 points against the Chicago Bulls on January 5, 2004.

Barbosa played for the Suns for seven seasons, and won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2007 by averaging 18 points and 4 assists off the bench as one of Mike D'Antoni's "seven starters" that season.

But Barbosa's playing time diminished after Jason Richardson was acquired at shooting guard and with the emergence of Goran Dragic. Coupled with a wrist injury, Barbosa played less than 15 minutes per game during the Suns magical run to the Conference Finals in 2010.

Seeing his future in Phoenix as bleak, Barbosa reportedly requested a trade in the 2010 offseason to a team that would give him more minutes. He was traded to Toronto for Hedo Turkoglu in July of 2010, but did not get the starters minutes he wanted there either.

A year later, he was traded to Indiana and helped Indiana advance to the second round of the playoffs as a key contributor off the bench. The next year he was in Boston, but blew out his knee in the spring of 2012.

After recovering from the serious surgery, Barbosa found himself back home in Phoenix as the oldest player on the team.

"I’m happy that I found out I’m going to stay. I’m going to pray and thank God because it was a hard time for me when I did the surgery. If I look back and see what I’ve been through, many people didn’t believe I could come back and play for the NBA again. Now, they say they want to stay with me for the rest of the year. It’s a great thing."

Per the CBA, an NBA team can only "try out" a player on a maximum of two 10-day contracts. After that, they can only sign the player for the rest of the season or let him go.

I knew the second 10-day contract was up today, but a query to Suns president Lon Babby went unanswered. Luckily, Paul Coro was on the case and got the scoop.

The Phoenix Suns will likely announce the signing in a press release today.

The ever-surprising Phoenix Suns just eclipsed their win total from last season – in late January. Their hard fought 124-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers was their second road win in two...

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