Phoenix Suns 2014 News and Updates
3/5/14 - After dropping three straight, the Phoenix Suns came back to some home cookin’ at the U.S. Airways Center, scoring back to back wins over New Orleans and Atlanta. In the 129-120 win over the Hawks, Gerald Green erupted for a game high 33 points, while Markieff Morris chalked up 21 points coming off the bench for the Suns. Goran Dragic added 19 points and a team high eight assists, with Marcus Morris collecting nine boards in a reserve role. The 129 points scored by the Suns represented a team high for the season.
2/26/14 - Coming out of the All Star break, the Phoenix Suns had reeled off three straight wins, including a key 106-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at home. However, that winning streak was stopped by another Texas squad, as the Houston Rockets, behind the efforts of Dwight Howard and James Harden, stopped the Suns 115-112. Suns point guard Goran Dragic led all scorers with 35 points. This past Monday, the Suns did get some good news, as Eric Bledsoe returned to practice, playing in 3-on-3 drills this past Monday in his return from meniscus surgery.
2/21/14 - Coming out of the all Star break, the Phoenix Suns got off on the right foot with an overtime 112-107 win over the Denver Nuggets; a game in which Gerald Green lit it up for 36 points, Markieff Morris pulled down 12 rebounds, and Goran Dragic handed out 12 assists in the winning effort. Dragic also continued his hot scoring, collecting 21 points. The Suns are still in playoff contention in the heated Western Conference, holding down sixth place over Golden State and Dallas.
2/6/14 - After a pair of wins, including an impressive dismantling of the Pacers in Indianapolis, the Suns now find themselves staring at a two-game losing streak, having lost to Chicago 101-92 at the U.S. Airways Center and then falling to Houston, 122-108 on the road at the Toyota Center. Goran Dragic led the Suns in scoring in their loss to the Rockets, and Houston coach Kevin McHale told the Houston Chronicle in an interview that he is not surprised at the year Dragic is having for the Suns, leading the team in scoring per game as well as assists per game.
1/31/14 - Observers of the NBA continue to be surprised at the strength and ability of the Phoenix Suns, staying competitive and in the playoff chase in the Western Conference, led by Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic and second year center Miles Plumlee. Of the major game stats, this duo are leading the way in four of the five major categories – Eric Bledsoe leads the squad in steals while playing in just over half of the Suns contests. The Suns are also getting key contributions from vets Gerald Green and Channing Frye, and another up-and-coming player, P.J. Tucker.
Phoenix Suns 2013-2014 Season
Phoenix Suns tickets are averaging $133 for the 2013-14 regular season, $64 less than the league average. The most expensive matchup on the Phoenix Suns schedule is against the back-to-back NBA Champions, Miami Heat. The game on 2/11/14 at US Airways Center will cost you $62 to get in the arena. The second most expensive home game is against former Suns star Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers who visit Phoenix two days before Christmas. The home opener on 10/30/13 against the Portland Trail Blazers is averaging $74 and is one of the cheapest games of the season in Phoenix.
The Suns are in full rebuilding mode following Steve Nash’s departure last offseason and a last place finish in the Western Conference in 2012-13. Following the disappointing finish, the team fired interim head coach Lindsey Hunter and hired another former NBA player in longtime Suns and Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek was drafted by the Suns in 1986 and was the team’s leading scorer in 1991-92 before being traded for Charles Barkley. The team’s 2013 first round draft picks, skilled center Alex Len and promising guard Archie Goodwin, will hope for a similar level of success in Phoenix. The Suns also acquired point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers after his impressive stint backing up All-Star Chris Paul. Returning players Marcin Gortat, Goran Dragic, Shannon Brown, and the Morris brothers will also be expected to make contributions. While the Suns may experience growing pains during 2013-14 season, they do have three first-round draft picks in the loaded 2014 draft.