NBA Power Rankings: Hawks Are Fools' Gold, But Suns' Defense Might Be Serious

Speaking of defensive improvement, the Suns are up to No. 24 after pulling up the rear early this season. Can it get any better? Phoenix is in position to make the playoffs with a solid run to end the season; the defense has to be passable, at least, to get it done.

Game Notes: Suns at Nets: The Suns spoil Deron Williams’ home debut despite their best efforts to lose. - Russ Bengtson

An interesting game blog by Russ Bengtson on Slam Online.. good read if you didn't see the game, or if you want to relive it through this dude's eyes.

"As Suns coach Alvin Gentry spoke quietly to the media afterward, I wrote down "LOSER QUOTES" in my notebook, because that’s exactly what they sounded like — "We’ve got to do a much better job down the stretch executing," and "Hopefully we’ll learn from this and grow from it." I didn’t go to the other side to hear what Avery said."

Phoenix Suns-Houston Rockets Trade Recap: Aaron Brooks Will Give Suns More Value - David Barbour, Bleacher Report

The reason for the prediction that Brooks is the more likely candidate to shoot better for the rest of the season is simple. His shooting performances in his 34 games with the Rockets before being traded to the Suns were very uncharacteristic of him and unlike his shooting in any other season.

Early assessment of Brooks: He can help - Randy Hill,

With Vince Carter (who did play during crunch time in New Jersey) typically riding the pine late in games and Jared Dudley working for long stretches, Brooks can come in handy playing alongside Nash. Right, he's a relative gnome compared to most point guards, and having both of these guys in the game creates ugly defensive mismatches.

Phoenix Suns bench steps up in win over New Jersey Nets - Paul Coro

"They were going pretty good," Gentry said. "Maybe I should've let them finish out or at least until it's a close, close game."

Suns' Channing Frye hits game-winner for 2nd straight day to beat New Jersey Nets - Paul Coro

You never would expect Steve Nash, a veteran of 14 years, to foul a shooter with 2.7 seconds remaining and his team leading by three points

You never would expect Grant Hill, a veteran of 15 years, to be late on an inbounds pass and get a five-second violation when his team has a shot to win the game with 2.7 seconds to go.

But maybe you would expect Channing Frye to hit a game-winning shot in overtime. After all, he has done it two days in a row now.

Suns Saved By The Bell, Defeat Nets 104-103 In Overtime Battle - Cory Williams, SBNationAZ

Kris Humphries nearly stole the win away from the Suns with tip-in at the buzzer, but the referees ruled that the ball was still on the tips of his fingers when the red light went off.

Breaking down Channing Frye’s game-winners - Mike Schmitz, Valley of the Suns

"An awesome breakdown - as it suggests" - Captain Obvious

Phoenix Suns 104, New Jersey Nets 103 — Groundhog’s Day - Michael Schwartz, Valley of the Suns

"This is extremely humbling," Frye said. "They did a good job with holding me all night, not leaving me. … To be honest I’m not really nervous about the last second shot."

We got some Suns mention from one of our favorite SBNation dudes - Tom Ziller

Steve Nash Surprisingly Horrible In Late Clock Situations - Seth Pollack, SBNationAZ

Seth immortalizes the obvious in digital Ink. 

Grant Hill on the Dan Patrick Show this morning -

Phoenix Suns swingman Grant Hill joined the show to talk about his season and more.

Dan asked Hill if he likes his new role as a defender instead of a consistent scorer.
"I embrace it," Hill said. "I do like the challenge. It’s weird. As my career has evolved … now it’s trying to be a lock-down defender."

"No, thank you, Robin Lopez. I would not like one of your dunks to be dunked upon my head. I appreciate the offer, though. Maybe next time." Kris Humphries, probably

Let's let them know what we think

Speaking of nicknames, check out these Frye nicknames Grant and Steve have come up with...


Steve Admits his mistake,


Suns Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Boston Wed 03/02 5:30 PM MST
@ Milwaukee Fri 03/04 6:30 PM MST
@ Oklahoma City Sun 03/06 5:00 PM MST
Houston Tue 03/08 7:00 PM MST
Denver Thu 03/10 8:30 PM MST

Last 5 Games

@ New Jersey Mon 02/28 W 104 - 103
@ Indiana Sun 02/27 W 110 - 108
@ Toronto Fri 02/25 W 110 - 92
Atlanta Wed 02/23 W 105 - 97
Dallas Thu 02/17 L 106 - 112


What should the new official nickname be for Channing Frye?

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If it seems like just yesterday that the Phoenix Suns blew a late lead in the fourth quarter, committed a bonehead foul to allow the opposition to tie and then celebrated a Channing Frye game-winning...

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For the second consecutive night Channing Frye did his best Michael Jordan impression, as he calmly drilled yet another overtime game-winner, this time against the New Jersey Nets to put the Suns up...

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....Dang (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Suns extend their winning streak and improve to 4-0 since the All-Star break with their second hard-fought overtime victory in a row over the New Jersey Nets and Deron Williams in his home debut.  And they did again on a game-winning clutch-as-ever shot from Channing Frye, on the same play he won the game in Indy on.   Not exactly the way you want to start the longest road trip of the year playing two overtime games... but heck, we'll take em'.

As Alvin Gentry says, "Any win on the road is a good win."  

Since I'm covering for Trevor and I have some work here at home that I need to take care of, we're going to cover this recap a little differently.  Like the Planeteers combining their powers to make Captain Planet... I'm summoning my Bright Side faithful to combine their great basketball minds and mash-up a collective recap using the best contributions from the comment section below!


Final - 2.28.2011 1 2 3 4 OT 1 Total
Phoenix Suns 26 26 17 27 8 104
New Jersey Nets 23 28 15 30 7 103

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New Jersey Nets' Brook Lopez, right, talks with twin brother Phoenix Suns' Robin Lopez before a foul shot in the second quarter in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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