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Without further ado it is time for some Phoenix Suns podcast again! Who is excited?

In this weeks edition Clipper Steve (Steve Perrin) joins the show again to talk about the success of the Los Angeles Clippers as one of the best in the west. The conversation dips and dives around the Jared Dudley-Eric Bledsoe trade, hindsight, dangerous playoff teams, and Steve's irrational fear of Grizzlies. The Memphis variety.

All in all we keep circling the wagons back around to the topic that remains relevant from the beaches of LA to the deserts of the PHX: Who won the trade?

Click here to listen to the full show: Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode 54 (Clipper Steve)

P.S.

Sorry Clips Nation for calling you Clippers Blog at the end there. In my defense, Steve left me high and dry at the end with the difficult responsibility of remembering the name of his website. Dangerous waters.

The Phoenix Suns center's new band will be unveiling tour dates for their summer concerts after the release of their debut album next week.

Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee is currently in the midst of an unexpectedly impressive sophomore season in the NBA. After playing just 55 minutes total as a rookie on the Indiana Pacers last season, Plumlee was given the starting five spot on the Suns from the get-go, and he has surprised almost everyone by averaging 8 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.

However, there are still many things about Miles Plumlee that fans may not know. If his hair, beard and affinity for turtleneck sweaters makes him seem like he often spends rainy afternoons in the corner of a coffee shop listening to music while slowly sipping on a complicated concoction of caffeinated cocoa, that's because he in fact does enjoy all of the above.

The 25 year old's band, "The Plumbers," is set to release its debut album next week and today, several reports revealed the news that the group will be touring the U.S. this summer, during the NBA offseason.

Information about the band, its album and the upcoming tour has been shrouded in an air of secrecy. Sources confirmed that the new reports about the band's summer tour are indeed accurate but that Miles Plumlee and his bandmates prefer to maintain privacy so he can focus on the current NBA season.

One source, who prefers to maintain anonymity because he believes identifiable sources are too mainstream, also said the following:

"Most people don't know that during his time at Duke, Miles Plumlee spent much of his time writing and making music. He's been working on this band and album for quite a while. He's going to take the indie folk world by storm--a bunch of bands you've probably never heard of are going to be taken aback by his talent."

The source also confirmed several reports that the band, which was earlier rumored to be named "Plumford & Suns" but was renamed in an effort to be more alternative, features a few other recognizable faces:

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Greg Esposito of Suns.com uncovered this gem of a music video and its meaning: According to Dragic, the video is from a Slovenian comedian and impersonator named Klemen Slakonja … The guard...

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Recapping the Western Conference action in the Suns chase for the playoffs

Is anyone else just kind of happy the Suns have a couple days off here?  I know a lot of times after a bad loss you want to immediately watch your team play again to serve as a palate cleanser of sorts but for me there are some times when I find a loss so disappointing that I need to take a few plays off.  It allows me to put things in perspective and consider such questions as "Are we really supposed to believe Ted didn't pine for Robin over the entire course of his 10 year relationship with the Mother?", "How many actors from The Wire are going to die on The Blacklist this season?", and "Is it possible to rip open another man's throat with your teeth?"

You know - the important stuff.

Monday March 31st Key Western Conference Results:

Memphis Grizzlies 94 Denver Nuggets 92 (Recap) -  Did you know before last night the Grizzlies had lost 28 of their last 30 games in Denver?  Well they definitely had.  Unfortunately that streak of bad luck did not continue last night.  Coming into the altitude of Denver, on the 2nd end of a back to back, the Grizz took care of business last night.  Every time I checked in with the score last night Denver was hanging relatively tough with Memphis and even had a chance to tie the game, down 3, with 7 seconds remaining.  For reasons I don't really even want to know Denver decided the best course of action was to run a play for 7 foot 1 Timofey Mozgov to shoot a three pointer.  Mr. Mozgov was up until that point shooting 1/12 from long distance on the season - a percentage that makes him a more dangerous long distance threat than Ish Smith (seriously) but still not anyone you'd want trying to tie the game.  I wasn't watching the game so my assumption was that the Mozgov attempt was the result of a broken play -  I was not correct.  I'll let the man himself take it home:

"We know that I can make 3s," Mozgov said. "We tried. I just missed it. It wasn't good."

What?  Other stuff happened but when Timofey Mozgov is attempting game-tying threes on plays that were actually drawn up for him all that other stuff is irrelevant.

Current Western Conference Standings:

TEAM W L PCT GB L10 STREAK
1.San Antonio
58 16 .784 - 10-0 WON 18
2. Oklahoma City
54 19 .740 3.5
8-2 WON 2
3. LA Clippers
53 22 .707 5.5 8-2 WON 3
4. Houston 49 23 .681 8 6-4 LOST 1
5. Portland
48 27 .640 10.5 6-4 WON 3
6. Golden State
45 28 .616 12.5 6-4 LOST 1
7. Dallas
44 30 .595 14 6-4 LOST 1
8. Memphis
44 30 .595 14
6-4 WON 1
- SUNS
44 30 .595 14 8-2 LOST 1

Tuesday April 1st Western Conference Games of Significance:

Trail Blazers @ Lakers  - I bet the Blazers won't get blown out by the Lakers tonight because I mean who would do that, right?

Warriors @ Mavericks -  The Warriors Bogut/Lee front court is unlikely to play in this one which makes it quite a bit less likely that they'll win the game.  If Dallas loses tonight they'll go from 7th in the West to 9th in the West.  Get used to this kind of thing folks.


Recapping the week that was, reviewing the news & notes, taking a look at Suns history, updating the 2014 NBA Draft Watch, and previewing the week ahead... Welcome to the Center of the Sun.

This week the Phoenix Suns said "Hello" to three exes in Marcin Gortat, Amare Stoudemire, and Mike D'Antoni. In two out of those three encounters they came out on top, looking better over time ellapsed since they were together. Then there was round three, and, well the Suns were a hot mess around their flamboyant thin mustached ex that was a catalyst in making them who they were...

Game Recaps

@ Washington Wizards - W (99-93) Full Recap

vs. New York Knicks - W (112-88) Full Recap

@ Los Angeles Lakers - L (99-115) Full Recap

It is easy to look back at last week as being a bit of a letdown after that clunker of a loss to the Lakers who are in the midst of one of their worst seasons every, but it was another winning week.

Don't forget that.

The Suns continued their winning streak taking it to six games and like everything else it came to an end. They beat the Knicks about as badly as one could beat another while handling the playoff bound Wizards as well. Eric Bledsoe is back and playing well. The defense is improving and when things were bleak the team rallied to turn things around. One loss, no matter how apathetic and brutal it was, does not define the week. Focus on the positives.

At this point the Suns in a three-way tie for the seventh seed in the Western Conference and are on the cusp of winning 20 more games this year than last year. Focus on the positives. The team has a rough road ahead, but they are on the road this year driving with the best teams in the NBA.

The loss to the Lakers was just a pit stop after a flat tire with eight more laps to go. It is time to... Look on the Bright Side.

P.S.

Bright Side, are you as sick of Chris Kaman's mug on the homepage as I am? I figured...

Key Stat

359-233 (61.7%)

That is the winning percentage (and overall record) for the final opponents on the Suns schedule. Not a walk down the Red Carpet. It does not help that three out of the next four opponents are also the best three teams in the NBA today record wise and the fourth is the fifth team in the Western Conference. The Suns did what they were supposed to going 6-1 in a stretch of winnable games against bad teams and now they have to go out there and win games.

As they say, anything worth having is worth fighting for. A playoff spot is worth fighting for.

Quote of the Week

"We didn't know how to stop them. Our intensity was really bad. I don't know why but it's like nobody wants to play playoffs. It seems like that."

"Our schedule gets a lot harder after this. Play all the top teams now in the next six or seven games, so that's why this game was so important. I mean, if this happens against Oklahoma City or the Clippers, then fine. But this team is not a playoff team, so that's why it's disappointing."

Goran Dragic after the loss to the Lakers

2014 NBA Draft Update

Surrogate Watch continues and the Suns have three first round picks with the current projections, with their own pick landing in the lottery. Sort of what most thought in the pre-season, but not quite the pace from those projections. Here is the update on how the three picks look right now:

Minnesota Timberwolves (36-37) -- No. 13 Overall (Pick stays in Minnesota based on Protections) - Rondae Hollis Jefferson, Freshman Wing Arizona

Phoenix Suns (44-30) -- No. 14 Overall (Pick stays in Phoenix based on Protections) - Jerami Grant, Sophomore Forward Syracuse

Washington Wizards (38-36) -- No. 17 Overall (Pick goes to Phoenix based on Protections) - Clint Capela, Swiss Forward

Indiana Pacers (52-23) -- No. 26 Overall (Pick goes to Phoenix based on Protections) - Jabari Bird, Freshman Wing California

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

News & Notes

  • The six game winning streak was the longest since a nine game winning streak in the 2009-2010 season.
  • Since coming back from injury Eric Bledsoe is averaging 16 PPG 5.6 RPG 5.3 APG 1.5 SPG and the team is 6-3 with him. In the nine games before his return the Suns were struggling going 3-6 in that span.
  • Oh, and Chris Kaman is still in the NBA after a brief run in the WWE under the pseudonym "Erick Rowan"

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Suns History Lesson

This Week in Suns History: April 6th, 1995 -- Once upon a time there were only three players in NBA History to have made 1,000 three-point field goals. Dale Ellis, Reggie Miller, and... The Suns Danny Ainge. Since then 70 more players reached that mark, all surpassing Ainge (1,002, 73rd All-Time). Mike Dunleavy, Ron Artest, and Mo Petterson all have more threes than Ainge for their career. Yup.

Previewing the Week Ahead:

Wednesday, April 2nd vs. Los Angeles Clippers (53-22)

Friday, April 4th @ Portland Trail Blazers (48-27)

Sunday, April 6th vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19)

Deep breath........ Now exhale.

This is going to be a tough week where winning games equals earning them. The Spurs have won a franchise best 18 games in a row. The Thunder are right on their heels with the MVP Front Runner, Kevin Durant. The Blazers are getting back on track after a tough stretch where they really struggled.

Silver Lining? The Suns have beaten all three of them this season.

So far they are 2-1 against Portland, 1-1 against Oklahoma City, and 1-2 against San Antonio giving, at the very least, hope that they can go out there and earn wins. Because they have done it before.

This week I am going with a 2-1 week for the Suns. Not necessarily because I think it will happen, but because it needs to happen. Good Luck.

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