It seems as though Amar’e Stoudemire is set to stay with the Phoenix Suns for the remainder of the 2010 regular season. The official NBA trade deadline is 3:00 PM this afternoon. The All-Star center’s agent Happy Walters told ESPN‘s Chad Ford that “the better (Stoudemire) played over the last couple of weeks, the more emboldened the team got with trades. Anything can happen, but it seems unlikely.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the leading option for Amar’e until just recently trading for Wizards forward Antawn Jamison. The Heat have also been involved in trade talks, but at this point a move to Miami seems doubtful. So far this season Stoudemire is averaging 21 points and nine rebounds per game. The Suns just lost to the Dallas Mavericks 107-97 yesterday at the American Airlines Center. They’ll look to turn things around against the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings this upcoming weekend.
The Boston Celtics had to suite up against the Suns without Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, resulting in a clinic set up by Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye. The duo ended up with 26 points apiece as the run and gun Suns demolished the depleted Celtics 116-98 last night in Phoenix. “When you take your best two scorers off the floor against a scoring basketball team, and your best defender off the floor, you may not win that game,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “So this game doesn’t affect me at all.”
What should affect the Celts is that they’re struggling with a 1-4 record in their recent road campaign. Following their Christmas day victory over the Orlando Magic, the C’s have now suffered losses to the Suns, LA Clippers, and Golden State Warriors. Garnett and Pierce are both scheduled to return in the next couple of weeks. The rest of the C’s will look to start the New Year in the right direction against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Kobe Bryant sat the final eight minutes in last night’s contest as the Phoenix Suns rolled over the Los Angeles Lakers 118-103 at the US Airways Center. Head coach Phil Jackson didn’t feel good about any of his players yesterday, saying ”I wasn’t comfortable with my starters or my bench. I didn’t like either group. Guys didn’t play right. We had the inside game going for us, yet we just didn’t attack.”
Steve Nash led Phoenix with 16 points and 13 assists. The Suns really dominated thanks to their reserves outscoring the Lakers bench 52-31 between Leandro Barbosa, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic. “Big win for us definitely,” said Amare Stoudemire after his successful 26 point night. “Coming off a couple of tough losses, tonight was a big momentum change and a good confidence builder for us.” The Suns will look to keep it going against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, December 30th. LA will next play host to the Golden State Warriors tonight at 10:30 PM ET.
Goran Dragic shot his way to a career night, netting four of five from trey land to eventually post 18 points as the Phoenix Suns ran down the San Antonio Spurs 116-104 yesterday at US Airways Center. “I thought Phoenix did a great job coming out aggressively and keeping the aggressiveness for 48 minutes,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “We had too many pathetic games from too many people. You can’t do that against a team like Phoenix.”
The Suns are now 9-0 at home, winning over a handful of big name organizations that include the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat. Amare Stoudemire produced the best stat line for the Suns with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Steve Nash threw in some impressive numbers as well with 25 points and 13 assists.
Tim Duncan came up with 34 while pulling down 14 boards despite his squads losing efforts. “We started soft. They are a high-scoring team, and if you make mistakes, they punish you,” said Manu Ginobli, who finished with seven. “We didn’t expect Dragic to make four 3s. We want Steve and Amare to score on us, and nobody else. It’s a good lesson.” San Antonio will look to turn things around tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix is set to take on the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday before hosting the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the year, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. Sure to attract players and celebrities alike, the NBA’s midseason contest is always interesting. The NBA Slam Dunk and 3-Pointer competition is also a fan favorite – tickets are available for this event as well.
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If the rumors prove to be true, Shaquille O’Neal will be heading to the Phoenix Suns in a trade that no one saw coming. The Miami Heat have agreed to trade O’Neal to the Suns in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. The deal is pending an O’Neal physical later in the day today.
Many are wondering why the Suns would make this deal considering Shaq’s age, contract, and decline in production. Shaq is averaging career lows with 14.2 points a game and 7.8 rebounds a game. In a year where he will turn 36, Shaq is also a constant injury risk. The apparent upside is that Shaq will be reinvigorated when he’s playing with a contender. Time will tell.
Recap – Most NHL teams struggle on the road, but the Phoenix Coyotes don’t have any such problem with 15 wins away from home. Their problem is winning in front of the home town crowd. This is an unusual, yet fixable problem, but something that will probably keep them from making the playoffs. On both sides of the ice, the Coyotes do not have any real standout players that give other teams trouble. Through 48 games, they have allowed 131 goals, and scored 131 goals. Everything about this team is just average and its tough to think of them as a threat when their leading scorer, Radim Vrbata, only had 18 goals.
2nd Half – The Coyotes need to really put some magic together if they want any chance to snag the 8th seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is talented but is seeing way too many shots a game. His defensemen need to pick up their games and limit opponents to less offensive opportunities.
Team Name: Phoenix Coyotes (25-21-2)
Pacific Division Standing: 4th place
Conference Standing: 11th place
Final Predictions – 4th in Pacific Conference, 11th in Western Conference
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