10:18 PM EST, Wed March 03, 2021
8 hours ago
Suns surging behind contributions from unexpected places

Suns surging behind contributions from unexpected places

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Phoenix Suns have won 13 of 16 games, partially thanks to a deep bench of positive contributors. Your Phoenix Suns are now 23-11 and in second place in the Western Conference at the (almost) halfway point of the season. No Suns team has been as high as second in the West or had a record this good this late in the season since the SSOL days — 2008 to be exact. Talk about a turnaround! Just two years ago, general manager James Jones inherited a roster that would win only 19 games all year (19-63). He took the full-time job at the...
10 hours ago
Devin Booker is first Suns Player of the Month in over a decade

Devin Booker is first Suns Player of the Month in over a decade

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Booker led the Phoenix Suns to a 12-3 record in February. After twice earning the Western Conference Player of the Week award, Devin Booker nabbed his first-ever Player of the Month trophy for February after leading the Suns to a 12-3 record that put them on the map as a real force in the NBA playoff picture. Booker won the award alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, who won on the East side. In addition to the sterling team record, Booker in February scored 27.9 points per night on .523/.395/.852 shooting. He also grabbed nearly four...
11 hours ago
Locked On Suns Wednesday: Phoenix Suns take down rival Lakers despite ridiculous Devin Booker ejection

Locked On Suns Wednesday: Phoenix Suns take down rival Lakers despite ridiculous Devin Booker ejection

Devin Booker left the game early in the third quarter, but the Suns prevailed over LeBron James and the Lakers. Brendon goes solo to recap the Phoenix Suns’ 114-104 road victory over the Lakers, where the Suns overcame the silly ejection of Devin Booker in the third quarter and 38 points from LeBron James to take down the Lakers. With the win, the Suns claimed sole possession of second place in the entire NBA standings, and Brendon breaks the game down from every angle, including how Booker is officiated and why Mikal Bridges was so important yet again. Find us on Apple...
13 hours ago
To Frank or not to Frank, that is the Suns question

To Frank or not to Frank, that is the Suns question

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports Should Frank Kaminsky be getting the starts for the Suns? (Editor’s note: this piece was written prior to the Suns victory over the Los Angeles Lakers) Oh, Frank Kaminsky. The man who came back to the Valley after spending a preseason in the City of Trees (I did not know that was Sacramento’s nickname. Now both you and I do). Who would’ve thought that through the first 33 games of the season he would be a topic of conversation relative to the success of the starting five? It is an interesting conversation to have: should the...
20 hours ago
Late night LUNAR Panel: Instant postgame reaction to that Suns-Lakers bruhaha

Late night LUNAR Panel: Instant postgame reaction to that Suns-Lakers bruhaha

Espo, Dave and Saul recap the Suns-Lakers win right after the final buzzer Espo, Dave and Saul breakdown the big matchup, the ejection and the Suns pulling away for the win over the Lakers About Us Follow the Suns Solar Panel crew on Twitter @SunsSolarPanel, @Espo, @DaveKingNBA and @Saul_Bookman Dave has media access to all the Suns games, practices, press conferences for Bright Side and Solar Panel, while Espo brings his insights as a former Suns employee for half decade who still has his connections. Saul covers all Arizona sports for Fox Sports Arizona as a producer and...
20 hours ago
Recap: Suns bust Lakers at Staples despite Devin Booker’s ejection, 114-104

Recap: Suns bust Lakers at Staples despite Devin Booker’s ejection, 114-104

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports No Book for the majority of the second half? No problem! This team is for real. There was one decisive word to describe the atmosphere of this game: energy. Energy, energy, energy – and both teams were diligent to ensure a losing plight didn’t come as a result of lack of effort. Diving for loose balls, hard fouls, and ornery chatter were all ever-pertinent, and each unit pieced together a display that would epitomize an early Western Conference Playoff matchup. And they could very well face off in a postseason series in these...
22 hours ago
JAM Session Podcast: Suns @ Lakers Reax

JAM Session Podcast: Suns @ Lakers Reax

When the game is over, join the Suns JAM Session Podcast to discuss it. Visit the Suns JAM Session Post Game Pod for this game: https://youtu.be/WTfbv9YQ7xE Click the Subscribe button. Click the bell to turn on notifications. Once the game is over and we go live, you’ll receive a notification. Join the podcast, converse with your fellow fans in the chat, and be apart of the pod. We appreciate the opportunity to be one the official podcasts of the Bright Side of the Sun community. Follow John (@DarthVoita), Matthew (@MatthewLissy), and the podcast (@SunsJAM) on Twitter....
Mar 2, 2021
Open Thread: Suns face off against Lakers in primetime

Open Thread: Suns face off against Lakers in primetime

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The reigning champs. Their hopeful successors. IT’S GO TIME! Paul and Booker. Lebron and his war army. It doesn’t get any better than this. LET’S GET TO IT!!!
Mar 2, 2021
Preview: Suns take on the defending champs in battle of Western Conference luminaries

Preview: Suns take on the defending champs in battle of Western Conference luminaries

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Lights, camera action! Time to go Hollywood folks, will these Suns shine bright on the game’s biggest stage? What: Phoenix Suns (22-11) at Los Angeles Lakers (24-11) When: 8:00 P.M. MST Where: Staples Center Watch: TNT, Spectrum SportsNet Listen: 98.7 FM Believe me: this is a game that the Phoenix Suns have had circled on their calendar for a tremendously long time. The team’s already made efficient work of several preeminent Eastern Conference foes, and as their upcoming schedule begins to shift Westward, their imminent face-off with...
Mar 2, 2021
March Madness Preview: Phoenix Suns Draft Watch Guide

March Madness Preview: Phoenix Suns Draft Watch Guide

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via The Suns will likely be picking in the late 1st round for the first time in a while. Take a look at who to watch as potential targets for James Jones this March. We’re now in March, so it would be remiss of us to not talk about college basketball and preview the 2021 NBA Draft regardless of the Suns’ success this season. I have constructed the ultimate Draft Guide specifically through the Suns point of view. James Jones definitely has a type and now that we have a bit more of a substantial track record to base his draft...
Mar 2, 2021
Locked On Suns Tuesday: Which types of NBA teams do the Phoenix Suns match up best with?

Locked On Suns Tuesday: Which types of NBA teams do the Phoenix Suns match up best with?

A look forward to how the Phoenix Suns might fare in the NBA playoffs based on their schedule so far. Brendon goes solo to dive into how the Phoenix Suns have won their games this season, and what that tells us about their ideal matchups in the NBA playoffs. Listen for why the Suns will be just fine on offense and Devin Booker is going to score no matter who he faces, how Deandre Ayton could be a secret weapon, and finally which under-the-radar Western Conference team could pose a challenge to the Suns in the postseason. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and...
Mar 2, 2021
Power Rankings Roundup: Basketball people think the Suns are pretty good

Power Rankings Roundup: Basketball people think the Suns are pretty good

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ The below evaluations average to 4.4. I did the math. Though endlessly predictable to the loyal readers of this site, your Phoenix Suns have turned the heads of less evolved basketball viewers since the start of the abbreviated NBA season. And they haven’t stopped winning. As we close in on Sunday’s NBA All-Star game in Atlanta, Georgia, one thing is certain. When the 2021 NBA postseason gets underway in May, the Suns will be a tough out for any foe unfortunate enough to draw their card. Here’s what’s being said as we flip the calendar...
Mar 1, 2021
Suns guard Devin Booker named Western Conference Player of the Week

Suns guard Devin Booker named Western Conference Player of the Week

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports It is the second time this month that Phoenix Suns All-Star Booker has garnered the award. Well that didn’t take long. When Devin Booker earned the Western Conference Player of the Week award on February 15, it had been 367 weeks since a member of the Phoenix Suns had done so. Goran Dragic won the award in February of 2014. On Monday, Devin Booker received the award again. This time it took only two weeks in between POTW honors for a member of the Suns. NBA West and East Players of Week for Week 10: Suns guard Devin Booker and...
Mar 1, 2021
COTS 2: Inside the Suns — top free agent targets, Ayton’s hands and Frank vs. Jae

COTS 2: Inside the Suns — top free agent targets, Ayton’s hands and Frank vs. Jae

Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Your weekly Inside the Suns analysis straight from the BSotS community who live and breathe the team Welcome to ‘Inside the Suns’, your weekly deep down analysis of the current Suns team as well as a peak at Suns teams throughout history in this week. In this weekly article, we focus on you the community to tease out the good and bad of the Suns who are now 22-11 and in 4th place in the Western Conference — the highest the Suns have been in the West since the SSOL days! We start with what we call the Fantable — a round table...
Mar 1, 2021
Locked On Suns Monday: Devin Booker goes off for 43, plus a Phoenix Suns’ fan’s guide to March Madness

Locked On Suns Monday: Devin Booker goes off for 43, plus a Phoenix Suns’ fan’s guide to March Madness

Devin Booker continues his hot February, plus who Phoenix Suns fans should watch in the NCAA Tournaments. Brandon Duenas of Bright Side of the Sun and Zona Hoops joins the show as he does every Monday to react to another scoring explosion from Devin Booker, this time to the tune of 43 points in a big win over Minnesota. Then, we preview March Madness for Phoenix Suns fans thinking about the NBA Draft for the first time, including “James Jones Guys” in the late first-round and point guards who could be brought in to learn from Chris Paul. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google...