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Missing men? Suns, Clips deal with uncertain status of stars

Jun. 19, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers are still playing basketball deep into these NBA playoffs partly because they've learned to persevere in clutch moments without their biggest stars. That ability could be put to the test again for both teams in...

Clippers-Suns Western Conference finals preview capsule

Jun. 19, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

Preview capsule for the Phoenix-LA Clippers Western Conference Finals series that starts Sunday: No. 2 PHOENIX SUNS (51-21, 8-2) vs. No. 4 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (47-25, 8-5) Season series: Clippers, 2-1. Schedule: Sunday and...

Analysis: The NBA playoffs have entered survivor mode

Jun. 17, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

The NBA champion this season will be the last team standing. Perhaps literally. Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers missed Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with a knee sprain and amid concerns that it could be a far more significant...

Major Payne: Suns guard rebuilds career in the desert

Jun. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Even in today's high-scoring NBA game, the dizzying pace of the Phoenix Suns point guard Cameron Payne stands out. He's just 6-foot-1, but has wiry strength and as soon as he gets the basketball, he's off and sprinting down. It might be a pass. It could...

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

Jun. 16, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns said Wednesday, and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week. The Suns said Paul's status will be evaluated again Saturday....

Analysis: Chris Paul, like it or not, is the favorite now

Jun. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

It seems like Chris Paul relishes the notion of being the underdog. That’s why, when the Western Conference semifinals were over and the Phoenix Suns had swept their way into the NBA’s final four, he talked about how he felt written off a couple of seasons ago. Why he...

MVP Nikola Jokic ejected, Suns sweep Nuggets 125-118

Jun. 14, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Chris Paul couldn't miss. Devin Booker couldn't be stopped. The Phoenix Suns roared into the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years Sunday night with a testy 125-118 victory over Denver that completed a four-game sweep. ...

Nuggets face daunting deficit; Jokic faces ignominious exit

Jun. 12, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Four NHL teams have overcome 3-0 deficits in a best-of-seven playoff series, including the 1942 Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Red Sox pulled off MLB's only such comeback against the New York Yankees in 2004. The Denver Nuggets are the 143rd NBA team...

Suns spoil Nikola Jokic's MVP party, beat Nuggets 116-102

Jun. 12, 2021 01:51 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Deandre Ayton scrutinized the box score and couldn't believe his eyes as he read Nikola Jokic's stat line: 32 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists. “That’s insane. That’s the MVP,” Ayton said after the Phoenix Suns overcame the Joker's historic...

Analysis: In the NBA, a breakthrough win awaits for a GM

Jun. 11, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Phoenix general manager James Jones was the guy who would routinely hold court at his locker a half-hour before games and engage in all sorts of conversations in his playing days. Books he was reading, what the financial markets were doing, current events, political matters, the nuances of...