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Award-winning journalist made the trip cross country to cover Phoenix #Suns for @azcentral. News tips: dmrankin@gannett.com. FB: https://t.co/UK20miG8Go
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Ricky Rubio out tonight with back spasms. #Suns
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Back in the Capital City tonight for an event and had a chance to visit with this @TroyTrojansFB Hall of Famer after Huntingdon’s practice. Best wishes to HC Mike Turk & @HawksFootball Saturday in the D-3 playoffs at Berry.
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"It's exciting. I think it's our only one this year. So we'll take advantage of it. Let the world see what we're capable of, but it's just another game in our books." Devin Booker on #Suns facing New Orleans in their only game scheduled this season on @NBAonTNT.
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We’ve got an action-packed doubleheader tonight on TNT! 🍿 @trailblazers vs. @Bucks // 8pm ET @PelicansNBA vs. @Suns // 10:30pm ET
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"She's great. She's an energy person. Our guys love her. We love her on our staff and I think she's going to make somebody a hell of a head coach." Alvin Gentry. #Hall of Famer and #WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon making mark as #Pelicans two-way player development coach.
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TNT analyst Reggie Miller loves the Phoenix #Suns effort, coaching via @azcentral
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"Everything is progressing as it should." "He deserved another chance." "I don't see any redeeming value in it whatsoever." #Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry gives update on injured Zion Williamson, praises #Suns coach Monty Williams and shares thoughts on #NBA challenge rule.
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"The 2nd half of last game was a step forward for us. I think we put aside that we're missing players and just went into the 2nd half with the right mindset." Devin Booker. #Suns w/o Aron Baynes (hip), Deandre Ayton (suspension), Ty Jerome (ankle). Ricky Rubio doubtful (back).
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Q: At the end of practice, you sit over there and you're drawing stuff up. A: "That's a prayer, actually." (Pause). A: "I'm joking, man." (Laughter) Monty Williams may have been drawing up zones as he used one in the 2nd half of #Suns 120-116 loss Tuesday at Sacramento.
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"Transition defense is huge against them. Jaxson Hayes, he's a different animal running the floor. So we got to make sure we get back and take care of him." Monty Williams addresses #Suns injuries and facing the Pelicans. Williams started #NBA head coaching career in #NOLA.
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"It's a personal game to me. It's kind of emotional because that's where I started, but this is the #NBA. I was there for 3 years and this is my 1st with the Phoenix #Suns. So I just need to be ready. It's a personal game to me." Cheick Diallo on facing New Orleans Pelicans.
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"I’ve always loved Devin Booker’s game. He can flat out put the ball in the basket against any type of defense. His next step is to become a better defender and get the #Suns into the playoffs where the basketball world can enjoy his talents" Reggie Miller
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"What has impressed me is how hard Monty (Williams) has gotten these guys to play at both ends. They've tailed off some recently, but hopefully the base is there for them to play like this for 82." TNT analyst and Hall of Famer @ReggieMillerTNT on #Suns.
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That was so disrespectful. Kawhi Leonard just mashed one on the #Celtics . #ClipperNation
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As of today, I will no longer be a member of the @TrailBlazers player roster, so I can focus all my energy on my rehabilitation. 📹💪🏼
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#Suns injury report for tomorrow's game vs. New Orleans. Aron Baynes (right hip flexor strain) out. Ricky Rubio (back spasms) doubtful. Frank Kaminsky III (left hip contusion) rookie Cam Johnson (right knee general soreness) and Dario Šarić (right knee contusion) probable.
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Devin Booker is averaging 25.4 points, shooting 53.4% FG, 50% on 3s and 93.8% FT. Only one other player has ever averaged at least 25 and shot 50 50 90 through 13 games to start a season – Larry Bird. The Hall of Famer and three-time #NBA champion did it twice in the 1980s.
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"We're all together as a unit and I wouldn’t trade this team for anybody else." Mikal Bridges. #Suns have lost 4 of their last 6 games since 5-2 start as the fell Tuesday at Sacramento. They look to end 2-game skid Thursday vs. New Orleans on @NBAonTNT.
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Phoenix lost two in a row for the first time this season after following up Tuesday's loss to Boston with a 120-116 defeat at Sacramento in which it was down by as many as 26 points. Now 7-6 after a 5-2 start, #Suns face New Orleans on Thursday night.
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“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable. It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.” Charles Barkley via @TurnerSportsPR
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Charles Barkley issues apology through @TurnerSportsPR after saying he'd hit a female reporter in what the Hall of Famer and former #Suns star said was a joke.
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"I wasn’t surprised that we stayed in it and fought because that’s who we are, that’s who we’ve been and that’s who we’re going to be.” Monty Williams #Suns have lost four of their last six games since 5-2 start as the fell Tuesday night at Sacramento.
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“There’s four quarters for a reason, there’s two halves for a reason. We had a slow start and we were playing catch up for the rest of the game, which causes desperation – it causes energy, it causes a sense of urgency that we needed to start the game with.” #Suns Devin Booker.
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“We had a 19-point first quarter. A bit of a hangover from last night, more than likely getting Ricky (Rubio) back was good for us, but he didn’t have his normal stuff. I love the battle of our team; we came out at halftime and had a sense of urgency." #Suns coach Monty Williams
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“It slowed us down a little bit, but that was good for us. A lot of teams are throwing zones out there. You shouldn’t be able to zone us." #Kings coach Luke Walton on #Suns going to zone.
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#Suns coach Monty Williams said if you do the "right things, it'll come back to you." And he added that it may not lead to a win, but it will carry over to the next game. #Suns lose 120-116 after falling behind as many as 26 points in Sacramento.
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Holmes closes out #Kings with with FTs. Finishes with 20 and 15 boards as #Suns fall 120-116. Booker 30 (3-of-6 from 3). Bogdanovic 31 (7-of-9 from 3) off the bench.
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Booker gets quick 3. Has 30. #Suns nearly got steal with Oubre, but Ferrell is fouled, hits both. Down 5.
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Hield goes 1-for-2. #Suns use final timeout down 116-110 with 16.4 seconds left. Hard to fall behind 22 and miss nine of their first 10 shots and come out with a win. Made adjustments to no Baynes for the game and no Rubio in the 2nd half with the back spasms to make it a game.
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#Kings 18-of-19 from line. Joseph made both. #Suns down 115-108 with 23.3 seconds left.
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This is a tricky part of the game. You could foul early to preserve time, but then #Suns were looking for turnover. Didn't get it and time waste before fouling Ferrell, who made both. Oubre answers with 3. Now down five with 23.3 seconds left. 1st three of game for him.
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#Suns have it down to eight, but could've been down to seven, but forced turnover and Bridges heads to the line down 111-103. Hits both. #Suns now down six with 44.8 seconds left.
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Booker answers with 3. 1:22 left. #Suns down nine. Booker with 27 on 17 shots (9 makes). #Kings timeout. #Suns have made run with Rubio on bench, but it's going to become a FT contest unless they force some turnovers.
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#Suns got it back down nine after Booker transition layup before Bjelica 3.
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Okobo got overwhelmed inside on cut for Bjelica, but Oubre gets bucket. #Suns down 12
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#Kings seem to have fended off #Suns run. Does Phoenix has one more in them? Down 14 with 8:03 left.
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Okobo threw a pass to Diallo that was there off pick-and-roll, but then you're asking Diallo to put it on the deck in traffic. Turnover led to Bogdanovic 3. Okobo's played solid, but he put someone who you'd like to catch and finish in a situation he had to do more. #Suns
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Bridges gets two more on layup and Oubre follows with a short jumper. #Suns down nine.
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#Suns down 10 as Bridges catches alleyoop and finishes. #Kings reacted to the curl from Johnson and Bridges was free for the lob pass .
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Diallo is giving #Suns some defensive presence. Blocked shot leads to Cam Johnson transition layup. Down 14.
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Okobo seeing action. Carter has yet to play.
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Johnson off the dribble across the lane for 2 off the glass. He's bouncing back from the loss, but hit a couple of shots at the end of #Celtics game. Looks like that's carrying over to this game. Has 14 in 16 minutes. #Suns down 16 with 3:31 left in 3rd.
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Cam Johnson knocks down 3. Has 12. All his attempts (7) and makes (4) are from 3. #Suns down 80-62.
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Booker called for technical as he was talking to the ref as he was about to shoot a free throw. Not sure I've ever seen that. Who has? #Suns down 77-53 midway through 3rd quarter.
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#Kings won challenge, get stop and Holmes on the tip in. #Suns down 23. Getting handled in paint.
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Luke Walton challenging foul on Richaun Holmes getting rebound on Oubre. #Suns #Kings
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#Kings still getting pretty much any shot they want coming out of the timeout. #Suns down 21.
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Booker gets in paint and goes behind the back to Kaminsky for bucket. #Suns down 17.
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Devin Booker 5-of-9 FG for 12 points. Rest of #Suns starters? 5-of-24. Ricky Rubio 0-for-7. #Suns w/o Aron Baynes who is out w/hip injury. Asked him before Boston game about hitting floor taking charges and if he was alright. Said he was good, but he's been a step slow lately.

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