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  1. Steve Nash suffers thigh bruise at the end of Suns’ win over the Grizzlies

    Jan 29, 2012, 3:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    It’s probably nothing that will hinder Steve Nash for very long, if at all. But on the last play of the Suns’ 86-84 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, Nash collided with Marc Gasol, causing him to limp off the floor after Mike Conley‘s three-point attempt at the buzzer to win it fell short. “It…

  2. Gentry says Suns “have to find a way to play with Nash off the floor”

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The Suns are off to a 6-12 start, which isn’t exactly where the team hoped or expected to be a little more than a quarter of the way through this lockout-shortened season. The problems certainly can’t be traced back to Steve Nash, who leads the league in assists despite Phoenix playing at a much slower…

  3. Dwight Howard blasts teammates for lack of effort after blowout loss to Hornets

    Jan 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The wheels are starting to come off in Orlando. Just one night after blowing a 27-point lead at home in a loss to the Celtics, the Magic pulled a complete no-show in New Orleans, and were blown out 93-67 by a Hornets team that entered the game just 3-15 on the season. That effort (or…

  4. Suns won’t offer contract extension to Robin Lopez

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Wednesday’s Jan. 25 deadline for the Suns to offer a contract extension to center Robin Lopez will come and go without any action by the team, according to a report from Fox Sports Arizona: “We reached out to (Lopez’s agent) Arn Tellem and let him know that we were willing to engage in discussions to…

  5. Andrea Bargnani returns, scores season high 36 points to lead Raptors past Suns

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:44 AM EDT

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    The Toronto Raptors came into Tuesday’s game against the Suns having lost eight straight, the last six of which came with their best player, Andrea Bargnani, sidelined due to injury. The Suns were playing in Phoenix after a five-game, eight-day East coast road trip that concluded just the night before with a loss in Dallas.…

  6. Utah’s Derrick Favors fined for throwing ball into the the stands (video)

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    In this era where a majority of the NBA’s star players seem to be friendly with one another in some capacity off the court, a regular season basketball game that achieves a certain level of chippiness is a welcome surprise. So with that in mind, we bring you these selected highlights from Utah’s close loss…

  7. NBA admits refs missed a huge call at the end of the Pacers’ win over the Warriors

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    George Hill, Darren Collison

    Kevin Love‘s big shot to beat the Clippers may have been the big story in the NBA on Friday, but there was another play near the end of regulation in the game between the Pacers and the Warriors that was just as exciting. Only with that one, the NBA admits the officials made a horrible…

  8. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  9. Kyrie Irving scores a career-high 26 points to lead Cavs to victory over the Suns

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

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    This was supposed to be the soft part of the schedule for Phoenix. Kyrie Irving made sure that it wasn’t. The number one overall pick in the NBA draft showed why he was taken there, scoring a career-best 26 points and keying a second-quarter run that erased the Suns’ six-point lead, and put the Cavaliers…

  10. Winderman: League needs to clarify questionable calls for all teams, not just the Heat

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    By now you’ve read how @NBAOfficial confirmed what was apparent from the moment LeBron James went in six different directions (with six different steps) after giving up his dribble late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Clippers: That he traveled before he received a bailout foul call, one that enabled him…

  11. Nash calls Kobe’s 48 against the Suns “one of the best performances” he’s seen

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    By now you’ve surely heard about Kobe Bryant‘s 48 points he put up in a win over the Suns on Tuesday. You likely are also aware that Bryant is playing through torn wrist ligaments in his shooting hand, and that perhaps he’s been shooting too much, to the detriment of this Lakers team. The fact…

  12. Michael Redd likely to see his first action with the Suns later this week

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Michael Redd signed with the Suns back on Dec. 29, and at the time, the message was clear that there would be no rush in getting him to the court. But after 10 days of workouts with the team, it appears that his time is almost here. “I think he’s almost to the point where…

  13. Suns head coach Gentry cares not for your three-point field goal defensive statistics

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    The Phoenix Suns, just like most teams in the league, pay a fair amount of attention to all kinds of statistical data. And, just like most teams in the league, they have their favorites. It’s safe to say that three-point field goal defensive statistics are not one of them. Before Friday night’s win over the…

  14. Nash’s perfect game leads Suns to blowout win over road-weary Blazers

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers secured an emotional home win over the evil Lakers on Thursday, and afterward, the team didn’t make it to its hotel in Phoenix until 4 a.m. local time the next morning. Add those two facts together, and you get the result of Friday night’s game against the Suns: a 102-77 shellacking…

  15. Marcin Gortat injury update: Thumb improving, hopes to play without brace “in the next couple of days”

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat had a breakout season a year ago after being traded from Orlando to Phoenix, averaging better than 15 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last two months of the season. He’s struggled to regain that form through five games this year due to the thumb injury he sustained less than a…

  16. Mark Jackson wants Warriors to “speed up the process”

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

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    Mark Jackson has a calm, yet demanding presence as head coach of the Golden State Warriors that seems like it could work long-term if the team continues to add pieces and improve from a raw talent standpoint. But as a former player who wants to make a more immediate impact, Jackson’s patience will be tested.…

  17. Manu Ginobili suffers broken hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Manu Ginobil broke a bone in his left hand during the Spurs’ 106-96 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, and there is no timetable set for his return according to a team release. Just as a reminder, Ginobili is left handed, so this is his shooting hand. Ginobili suffered the injury on a defensive play,…

  18. Steve Nash will continue to play through rib injury

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns haven’t been themselves offensively this season, and neither has Steve Nash. Traditionally one of the league’s best shooters, Nash has managed to go just 7-of-29 from the field over his last three games, and hasn’t cracked double digits in scoring since the season-opener against New Orleans. A rib injury is likely the cause…

  19. Video: Welcome to the Kobe System

    Dec 31, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    In the first of what will likely be a series of videos aimed at selling Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII, Bryant’s relentless competitive drive and history of success are used as the starting point for the ad campaign, and the result is a hilarious one. If you have to explain…

  20. Suns drop to 0-2, search to explain offensive struggles

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:12 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

    In recent years, the Phoenix Suns have been known for, above all else, having an uptempo and elite offense. Win or lose, and no matter the season’s ultimate result, the team never struggled to score with Steve Nash running a descendant of Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Through two games in this young season, however, offense has…

  21. Michael Redd works out for the Suns

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:14 AM EDT

    Michael-Redd-suns

    The Suns, after suffering their first 0-2 start since the 1996-97 season following a blowout loss to the Sixers on Wednesday, are in desperate need of a reliable scorer. Michael Redd, a former All-Star and 11-year veteran shooting guard who at one time consistently averaged better than 20 points per game, is an unrestricted free…

  22. Dwyane Wade leaves with a foot injury, returns to hit the game-winner (video)

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    UPDATE: All seems to be well now, as Wade checked back in with 1:23 left in the third. He still didn’t look to be 100 percent, but managed to bank home the game-winner with two seconds left to give the Heat a hard-fought, and very entertaining win over the Bobcats. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Miami Heat were…

  23. Chicago 88, L.A. Lakers 87: Bulls erase a six-point deficit in the final minute to steal it

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson

    The Lakers surprised many with their play for most of Christmas Day, hanging with the Bulls without suspended center Andrew Bynum and integrating a lot of new pieces into a new head coach’s system. L.A. erased a seven-point halftime deficit quickly, built its lead to as many as 11 late in the fourth quarter, and…

  24. Video: LeBron, Wade convert double alley-oop against the Mavericks

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The Christmas Day, Finals rematch between the Heat and the Mavericks clearly meant a lot more to Miami than it did to Dallas. The Heat led by 32 points at the end of three quarters, and weren’t only dominating, but were doing so in style. Check out this alley-oop from Mario Chalmers to LeBron James,…

  25. Photos: Christmas kicks for LeBron, Kobe, Amar’e, and Durant all in one place

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

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    Pictures of the Christmas Day special edition kicks that will be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire have trickled in over the past couple of weeks, but with the holiday almost upon us, Nike has made the release of the shoes official. So, we’ve gathered some photos of them all…

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