The Toronto Raptors play against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center
The Toronto Raptors are spending $6,402,433 per win while the Phoenix Suns are spending $6,258,535 per win
Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Monday January 30, 2023
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Scottie Barnes selected for the Jordan Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend, while 🇨🇦rookies Ben Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard of the Pacers also get the nod. – 3:53 PM
Top 6 in total minutes in January
4. Ant Edwards
6. FVV – 3:36 PM
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Hope y’all are ready 4 the Rising Stars game 🌟
Congrats to our reigning ROY @ScottBarnes561 on being selected! pic.twitter.com/MPl88Aijih – 2:45 PM
To clarify, the Raptors have been “taking calls” on Anunoby (and several others) for months, so that’s not new and doesn’t mean anything is imminent. There’s a difference between listening to offers (which of course they’re going to do) and actively shopping a player. – 2:31 PM
Mikal always keeps his feet moving! 👟
@CarMax Cam | #WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/4ObRs0hSyz – 2:28 PM
There will be Raptors and Canadian content in the NBA’s Rising Stars Game. Reigning rookie of the year Scottie Barnes, plus Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard and Leonard Miller. – 2:15 PM
Scottie Barnes has been selected to the Rising Stars Game at All-Star weekend, voted on by the league’s assistant coaches. Canadians Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard will also participate. Christian Koloko was not selected. – 2:11 PM
On Chris Paul’s return to Point God form, how much fresher he looks hitting middies and 3s off the dribble than a few months ago, and how Mikal Bridges’ growth helps CP3 pick and choose his spots: https://t.co/rpXAwHPEdq pic.twitter.com/RPkrCYJmlX – 2:08 PM
At 41.3%, CP3 is currently shooting the best 3P% of his career! 👌
@RUFFLES | #WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/K7dHR6LGO8 – 2:00 PM
Rival NBA executives believe the Grizzlies could make a run at OG Anunoby on the trade market. More on Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr and Fred VanVleet trade talks, and the futures of Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse with @BlakeMurphyODC on the @Jorge Sierra podcast. hoopshype.com/lists/raptors-… – 1:37 PM
Saben Lee no longer with Phoenix #Suns after second 10-day expired https://t.co/5Dgk3gFn5Z via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/HqSkhgAkc1 – 1:36 PM
Saben Lee’s second 10-day contract has expired and he is no longer under contract with the team, per Suns – 1:27 PM
Saben Lee is no longer with Phoenix Suns as his 2nd 10-day expired.
His second 10-day ran through Monday. Lee played his final game of second 10-day Monday vs. Raptors.
Phoenix had to sign the Corona del Sol graduate for the rest of the season to keep him on the roster. #Suns – 1:27 PM
Mikal has been on FIRE over the past 9 games!
🔥 50% FG
🔥 43.5% 3P
🔥 91.7% FT pic.twitter.com/TaPhbf97T0 – 1:02 PM
Covered some OG Anunoby trade possibilities in Part 1 of our Suns Trade Primer over at @PHNX_Suns yesterday, for those interested in what some of those deals might look like: bit.ly/3Dp8vOA – 1:00 PM
Both White and Crowder have been in trade rumors all season long. bullswire.usatoday.com/2023/01/30/rep… – 1:00 PM
Suns went 7-8 in January despite a 108.6 offensive rating, the worst in the NBA this month.
That’s because they had a defensive rating of 110.9, a mark tied for the second best. You can still win like that! – 12:50 PM
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Cameron Payne was still wearing a boot on his sprained right foot before Monday’s game.
He was scheduled for a second re-evaluation today. #Suns are taking off today from practice.
Payne hasn’t played since Jan. 4 at Cleveland. #Suns backup PG has missed 13 straight games. – 12:25 PM
Went on @KnickFilmSkool with @JCMacriNBA to discuss OG Anunoby’s hypothetical Knicks fit, Immanuel Quickley’s defense, my weird obsession with Gary Harris’ perfect-for-the-Knicks contract, and more: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kfs… – 12:20 PM
NEW @TheCrossover Pod: Billy King (@Billy King) is in. LeBron/referee squabble and we examine a big week for the Bulls, Raptors and Mavs. Plus King relives his favorite trade deadline memory: The Dwightmare.
Clip: youtube.com/watch?v=QaZXG_… – 12:14 PM
From last night:
“We’re winning. That’s the biggest thing. I tell everybody, all these stats in loss is what.”
Mikal Bridges after his 29-point night in #Suns win over #Raptors pic.twitter.com/cQoTlc279U – 12:11 PM
OG Anunoby this season:
— 16.9 PPG
— 5.5 RPG
— 2.1 SPG (!!)
— Leading the league in steals
First Raptor with a 15p/5r/2s season since Doug Christie. pic.twitter.com/qjqHTcWaQx – 12:05 PM
Rumors link the #Knicks to 3&D specialist OG Anunoby. But will one issue keep them from landing him in a trade? @BartAndHahn now on @ESPNNY98_7FM – 12:01 PM
The Raptors are taking calls on OG Anunoby, which includes Phoenix emerging in the last week as a strong suitor, per @Shams Charania. Cam Johnson and Dario Saric were referenced here.
The Suns are prioritizing an upgrade on the wing at the trade deadline. pic.twitter.com/u3q37X2PWk – 11:51 AM
The best NBA players that could return to Europe this summer 👀
🇮🇹 Danilo Gallinari
🇪🇸 Juancho Hernangomez
🇦🇷 Leandro Bolmaro
🇬🇪 Goga Bitadze
❓ OTHER – 11:36 AM
From last night:
“Whenever C gets hurt, it’s like, ‘Good, like sit your ass down and get some rest.’ He’s got a lot of miles on that body. Especially if it’s not something super serious. Get your rest. Take care of your body. Come back super fresh.” Mikal Bridges on Chris Paul. pic.twitter.com/yX8Hb1Fzv0 – 11:25 AM
My picks for East All-Star reserves: Joel Embiid, Jaylen Brown, Bam Adebayo, James Harden, Jalen Brunson, Pascal Siakam, Tyrese Haliburton https://t.co/SLISD0PRSU pic.twitter.com/RfekfHvIHP – 11:17 AM
Today is the day at the Encore Boston Harbor Sports Book. First legal sports bets in Massachusetts about to begin. @PatchTweet pic.twitter.com/Vn9Uw6xShs – 10:28 AM
Got #Suns postgame video interviews with Monty Williams, Dario Saric, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges from Monday’s win over Raptors on my Twitter feed and my 5 takeaways on https://t.co/bzfWAM7Jlx. pic.twitter.com/mgKsH7XqK9 – 10:07 AM
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet may command $30-35 million annually as a free agent. More on trade talks involving VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr, and a look at the futures of Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse with @BlakeMurphyODC on the @Jorge Sierra podcast. hoopshype.com/lists/raptors-… – 9:21 AM
After struggling with injuries and a new role to start the season, Chris Paul looks like the Point God again. For @PHNX_Suns, here’s what his teammates had to say about his midseason resurgence, and the part Mikal Bridges has played in it: https://t.co/rpXAwHP6nS pic.twitter.com/HVuaElG8U5 – 9:03 AM
Saben Lee’s second 10 Day contract with the Phoenix Suns expired today.
For Lee to stay with the Suns, Phoenix would need to sign him for the remainder of the season. – 8:49 AM
FOR EARLY EAST COAST RISERS:
5 takeaways as Mikal Bridges clutch again in Phoenix Suns’ win over Toronto Raptors (w/postgame videos) #Suns #Raptors azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral – 6:30 AM
“We’re winning. That’s the biggest thing. I tell everybody, all these stats in loss is what, you know that I’m saying.”
Mikal Bridges after his 29-point night in #Suns win over #Raptors pic.twitter.com/Rj1oAe4OVK – 4:38 AM
“They make fun of me because they just think I shoot it every time. So I turned it into Mikal Bow. I feel like I’m open half of the time. It’s just a little fun joke they got going on.”
Mikal Bridges explaining the origin of “Mikal Bow.” #Suns pic.twitter.com/SkMbBUHlc3 – 4:38 AM
“I don’t know. I love it. You turn me up. You poke the bear. I wish it would get poked every game..”
A smiling Deandre Ayton on him and #Raptors Scottie Barnes having words in 2nd half.
Ayton also took out frustrations on a chair.
“Hoping next game it can forgive me.” #Suns pic.twitter.com/RKKpmYsvIJ – 4:37 AM
“I didn’t realize he went that crazy in the 1st quarter. And then, I expect that now, but that 4th quarter right there, shoot that’s nice.” Chris Paul on Mikal Bridges, who scored 16 in the 1st on 6-of-8 FGs (3-of-3 from 3). Hit back-to-back jumpers late in #Suns win vs. #Raptors pic.twitter.com/I6OyITBuQs – 4:37 AM
“The whole second group deserved the credit. We kind of played really off each other.”
Dario Saric as he scored six points early in the 4th quarter of #Suns win vs. #Raptors. pic.twitter.com/UeufRSTqYg – 4:37 AM
After Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points in Golden State’s win over Toronto on Friday, NBA Twitter chimed in with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit… – 4:00 AM
“We needed some shooting out there, we needed some toughness to keep them out of our paint.”
Monty Williams on starting the fourth quarter with reserves Saben Lee, Damion Lee, Ish Wainright, Dario Saric and Jock Landale. #Suns pic.twitter.com/YdOOAVlWse – 3:45 AM
“It’s really the team, Coach, all of us like, Mikal Bow. You know Mikal want that elbow.”
“You know he want that elbow everytime. We went to it down the stretch 2 times in a row, either side.”
Deandre Ayton on Mikal Bridges buckets off his assists late in #Suns win. pic.twitter.com/9Aj8QDpkel – 3:43 AM
“The guys on the team got so many daggone things.”
Chris Paul on going with Damion Lee 3-ball sign after hitting a huge one to give #Suns a 4-point lead with 90 seconds left off Torrey Craig’s offensive rebound and assist.
“T-Craig, that was the winning play of the game.” pic.twitter.com/NTNPOqUeUz – 3:12 AM
“You’re watching Mikal in those moments come through and I think the guys are feeding him a lot of confidence, but he has his own confidence because he’s put the work in.” Monty Williams on Mikal Bridges, who hit back-to-back buckets late in 4th quarter of #Suns win over #Raptors pic.twitter.com/jh5qK0LQEi – 2:50 AM
The Raptors’ improving offence took a break for a half, and it cost them a win they needed: theathletic.com/4141075/2023/0… – 1:38 AM
The Suns looked like themselves in the clutch but with a new weapon.
On Mikal Bridges thriving as the guy again and how he’s picked up the counters/reads/tweaks in the spamming late-game offense: arizonasports.com/story/3482893/… – 1:36 AM
This is in the open area by the visiting lockerroom and media room. Shows the game live and then highlights afterward. #Suns pic.twitter.com/KmrBq4u22P – 1:32 AM
5 takeaways as Mikal Bridges clutch again in #Suns’ win over #Raptors https://t.co/omfAMmfxQI via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/Vw3c71ilUV – 1:09 AM
Chris Paul on Mikal Bridges. “That fourth quarter right there, shoot that’s nice. It’s nice man. Being in my third year here, a lot of times it’s me or Book. That’s just gonna make us that much more dangerous when 1 get back.” – 12:55 AM
Mikal Bridges on Chris Paul: “Whenever C gets hurt, it’s kind of like, ‘Good, sit your ass down. Get some rest.’ He got a lot of miles on that body so especially if it’s not something super serious. Little things like that, it’s like, Good. Get your rest.” – 12:52 AM
“You’re watching Mikal in those moments come through.”
– Head Coach Monty Williams
🗣️ Hear from the team tonight: https://t.co/GpPZan0dTl pic.twitter.com/lM66jExAay – 12:48 AM
Asked Mikal Bridges about Chris Paul looking like the Point God since returning from injury, and he joked it’s almost good when CP3 has a minor injury, because then it’s like, “Good, sit your ass down. REST.”
Said Paul holding back is still better than most people’s best nights – 12:27 AM
“Oh I felt it.”
Mikal Bridges on starting the game hot Monday as he scored 23 points in the first half, the most he ever scored in a half.
“The crowd had me gassed up as did my teammates.” pic.twitter.com/BnUj1RMkgR – 12:26 AM
Mikal Bridges rolled his eyes when asked about the “Mikal-bow.”
“Nah, it’s called the Elbow…they make fun of me because I shoot it every time….just a little funny joke they’ve got going on.” – 12:22 AM
mikal bridges in his last 12 games:
—36.1%(!!!) fgm unassisted(vs 24.9% beforehand) pic.twitter.com/FKDRMo9Gig – 12:10 AM
There have been 19 50-point games in the NBA this season, which equals as many as all of last year. Luka now has 4 of them after tonight. Giannis, Lillard, Embiid and Booker have 2 each. 1 each for Tatum, Steph, Klay, Anthony Davis, Siakam, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. – 12:09 AM
Bench unit brought the spark! ⚡️
Šarić: 11 PTS, 3 REB
D. Lee: 11 PTS, 2 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK
Wainright: 7 PTS, 3 AST, 3 REB, 3 STL pic.twitter.com/6xwaDK5F6A – 12:08 AM
That sound you hear is every Suns writer and podcaster kicking themselves for not thinking of “Mikal-bow” first lol – 12:03 AM
“He poked the bear.”
Deandre Ayton said he was frustrated with his missed shots early on after the way he struggled against Toronto last time. Didn’t know what the deal with Scottie Barnes was, but said their face-to-face woke him up – 12:00 AM
The Suns were shining tonight! ☀️
Ayton: 22 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
Paul: 19 PTS, 9 AST, 2 BLK pic.twitter.com/WYmimZ69Yx – 11:59 PM
Deandre Ayton said he told Devin Booker it’s crazy that Mikal Bridges is running Booker’s plays in some of these sequences.
The elbow sets are known as the “Mikalbow” – 11:58 PM
Deandre Ayton on the plays being ran for Mikal Bridges at the elbow at end of game.
“I told Book, these are your plays.”
Ayton said players and coaches are all calling the plays for Bridges “Mikal Bow” because he likes the ball at the elbow. #Suns pic.twitter.com/BlVIIAdKdf – 11:57 PM
“Those are your plays!”
Deandre Ayton said he was telling Devin Booker that on the bench after Mikal Bridges’ late-game jumpers from the elbow. Also revealed the Suns refer to those sets as the “Mikal-bow.” – 11:56 PM
There are a lot of underappreciated players in the NBA. Mikal Bridges is one of the most underappreciated members of that list. – 11:45 PM
THE “C” IN CP3 STANDS FOR CLUTCH 👌
Tonight’s @PayPal Highlight of the Game! pic.twitter.com/LRWqL24tKf – 11:41 PM
Monty Williams pointed out how Mikal Bridges was able to thrive in those end-game situations while having the basketball sense with CP3 to run a slight counter to the first play that had worked (cc: @theIVpointplay). Credited Bridges for picking that up and being ready. – 11:36 PM
“We’re trying to keep him as fresh as we can.”
I asked Monty about Chris Paul playing his best basketball of the season after the injury. He noted that running offense through other guys, but still trusting CP3 in late-game moments, is big in not putting too much on his plate – 11:35 PM
Nick Nurse didn’t love the officiating tonight. Sounds like he thought the Suns got away with some physicality that the Raptors did not. – 11:33 PM
Two-way star 🌟
Mikal with tonight’s @FanDuel Stat Line of the Game! pic.twitter.com/Aw8DkKtuJD – 11:31 PM
“You’re watching Mikal in those moments come through”
Monty Williams pointed to the execution and “the trust that the guys have in Mikal and Chris to make plays” tonight. Also praised Torrey Craig’s energy, Cam J’s floor-spacing and DA’s “big-time” followup down the stretch – 11:30 PM
Raps down 101-100…FVV whistled for an offensive foul (sure looked like a soft call / flop by Johnson to me). Phx scores to go up 3. FVV responds to cut it to 1 again. Suns miss, but get an offensive rebound…kick it out to CP3 for a 3pt & that was that. Suns never looked back. – 11:29 PM
Raps down 101-100…FVV whistles for an offensive foul (sure looked like a soft call / flop by Johnson to me). Phx scores to go up 3. FVV responds to cut it to 1 again. Suns miss, but get an offensive rebound…kick it out to CP3 for a 3pt & that was that. Suns never looked back. – 11:27 PM
The Raptors are 23-29. Their next six games are against the Jazz, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs, Jazz (on deadline day) and Pistons. If they can’t muster up a bit of progress by then, they’ve gotta pull the trigger on a big trade of some sort. – 11:18 PM
‘Topes lose. 114-106. They played hard, but the first-half turnovers did them in. 29 for Bridges, 22 and 13 for Ayton. 24 and 9 for VanVleet, 16-7-5 for Barnes in a monster defensive performance by him. – 11:18 PM
Final: PHX 114, TOR 106
Bridges: 29 Pts, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 12-19 FG
Ayton: 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 9-17 FG
Paul: 19 Pts, 9 Ast, 5-11 FG
VanVleet: 24 Pts, 9 Ast, 9-19 FG
Suns win bench points 38-15 – 11:18 PM
Tough one. Raptors played hard, as they have for most of the trip. But they lost 3 of 4 quarters, threw the ball away too much in the 1st half, and then couldn’t hit the big shot or get the big stop/board when they needed it. They fall to 2-2 on the trip. Next stop: Utah on Wed. – 11:17 PM
Lol Damion Lee just did his best Patty Mahomes impression with that jump pass in the inbounds – 11:14 PM
Tough finish it seems
Raptors had a shot, Suns just made a couple more plays down the stretch
The journey continues in Salt Lake City on Wednesday – 11:10 PM
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Tomorrow get a free Western Bacon Cheeseburger® at a Valley @CarlsJr with the purchase of a large fountain drink. pic.twitter.com/IhQ8f8Q2sk – 11:08 PM
Chris Paul with the Damion Lee ice water in veins 3 ball sign after Torrey Craig offensive rebound.
Ayton putback on next offensive trip.
#Suns up six with 51.4 seconds left in game. Timeout Toronto. – 11:06 PM
Ayton’s putback puts the Suns up by 6 with 51 seconds to go. From Mikal hitting those middies to Craig’ O-rebound to CP3’s triple to DA’s offensive putback, all of the Suns are contributing down the stretch here tonight – 11:06 PM
Suns just out-execute Raps, including a huge offensive rebound for a Chris Paul 3. They’re up 6. – 11:06 PM
Big-time offensive rebound by Torrey Craig, who finds Chris Paul for 3. Building was LOUD after that one – 11:05 PM
Ginormous rebound by Torrey Craig. That might have won the game. – 11:04 PM
Back-to-back middies for Mikal Bridges. Once again coming to life late in a close game – 11:03 PM
Suns’ ball movement off the Raptors’ pressure the last two minutes has been better. Johnson will be frustrated with this shooting night. Lots of good looks and 1/6 from 3. Will probably still get a chance to knock down a big one. – 11:01 PM
NEW @TheCrossover Pod on Tuesday: Billy King (@BKDefend) is in. LeBron/referee squabble and we examine a big week for the Bulls, Raptors and Mavs. Plus King relives his favorite trade deadline memory: The Dwightmare. Subscribe: bit.ly/2w1G5e2
youtube.com/watch?v=QaZXG_… – 11:00 PM
Tough shooting night for Cam Johnson, who’s 1-for-9. Suns down 1 with 3:20 to go – 10:59 PM
Williams going with Paul, Ayton, Bridges and Johnson along with Lee.
#Suns down one as Barnes finishes inside. #Raptors. – 10:56 PM
Thad Young out here getting old man buckets and diving to grab loose balls and being a pro – 10:54 PM
Raps have had some success with Siakam/VanVleet-less lineups of late but this one felt like they were tempting fate. Sure enough, that Barnes + 4 reserve unit was outscored 10-5 (by 5 Suns reserves) in nearly 4 mins. Would imagine we’ll see the starters coming out of the timeout – 10:53 PM
Really great ball movement from the Suns’ bench to open the 4th. Dario Saric and Jock Landale lineups continue to work. Suns up 3 with 8 minutes to go, Dario Saric has 11 off the bench – 10:51 PM
Jock Landale missed the boxout after contesting Flynn on the 3-pointer, resulting in a Raptors 3. Landale hit a jumper on the other end, then looked at Monty Williams and gestured “my bad” – 10:49 PM
Saric nearly lost the ball, but somehow got a jumper off and scored. #Suns up two. – 10:48 PM
that is such an unnecessary foul to commit, juancho had no shot at the rebound there – 10:47 PM
Saben Lee with a crazy contested driving layup straight in off glass.
Tie game. #Suns – 10:47 PM
Raptors lead Suns 84-82. Put a lid on Bridges who follows up his 23-point first half with two in the third. VanVleet leads five Raptors starters in double figures with 20. – 10:46 PM
Raptors’ O cooled down a bit, but the most important stat of the quarter: After committing 11 turnovers in the 1st half, they had 0 in that 3rd Q (and forced 5 Phoenix turnovers). An 11-point swing in 12 minutes. They lead by 2 going into the 4th. – 10:44 PM
Tremendous third quarter all around for the Raptors; they’re up 2 going into the fourth
And those 11 turnovers they had in the first half? They have 11 after 3 quarters – 10:44 PM
Some of these Raptors closeouts are crazy. They’ll take anything but catch-and-shoot 3s with how wild some of them are. Boucher got Bridges that time. – 10:43 PM
End of 3Q: TOR 84, PHX 82
Bridges: 25 Pts, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 10-16 FG
Ayton: 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 7-15 FG
Paul: 12 Pts, 9 Ast, 4-9 FG
VanVleet: 20 Pts, 6 Ast, 7-15 FG – 10:43 PM
Pascal Siakam has 0 assists. The last time he did that for a whole game? May 1, 2021. (Tampa season.) – 10:43 PM
Gary Trent Jr. steal of Paul, end-to-end bucket. #Suns down two.
Timeout 49 seconds left in 3rd. – 10:41 PM
Mikal Bridges stayed down after that play defending Paskal Siakam and look a little shook up for a minute. Looked like he got hit in the chin but he’s staying in – 10:39 PM
Slow starts for Barnes (some questionable shot selection in the 1st half) and Achiuwa (outplayed by Ayton early), but they’ve both picked it up in the 2nd half. Scottie is stuffing the stat sheet in the 3rd Q (4-4-3) and Precious has his 5th double-double over the last 6 games. – 10:38 PM
Paul is frustrated as hell.
Ayton making ‘what the’ plays.
Bridges has just two points in the third.
And Toronto is punishing #Suns on offensive glass again (13 offensive rebounds led to 16 points).
Suns down only one, 77-76. – 10:38 PM
All 5 Raptors starters between 11-17 points, they’re up 3 with 3:52 left in third – 10:35 PM
Achiuwa made a move outside the paint to score on Ayton.
Williams sticking with Wainright coming in for Johnson. #Suns down three after Paul jumper. – 10:34 PM
if ayton had that dawg in him he might’ve had 40 in his sights tonight, instead he’ll finish with a cool 18 or 20.
in scottie’s words, “you is not him” – 10:32 PM
The Raptors have just played ridiculously hard all trip. Well? Not all the time. But the step-up in intensity is notable. – 10:31 PM
Paul fake pass one way, hit trailer Cam Johnson the other way.
3. #Suns down four. – 10:31 PM
Ayton didn’t take too kindly to how Barnes fouled him.
A little chatter. A little stare down.
Hit FTs. #Suns down five. – 10:30 PM
Deandre Ayton didn’t like the way Scottie Barnes fouled him. Said something to his face when Barnes didn’t back away – 10:30 PM
Barnes fouled Ayton hard, Ayton took exception, understandably. No flagrant review, which I approve of. – 10:30 PM
It’s a 20-4 Raptors run to start the 3rd quarter in just over 5 minutes. Crowd with some uneasy groans with each missed shot and turnover – 10:29 PM
Barnes putback right in front of Ayton.
Chris Paul now with three fouls.
#Suns down 7 after being up nine at the half. – 10:29 PM
Suns bench really trying to get the energy back where it needs to be with some encouragement. Raps go on a 20-4 run to start the second half and now lead by 7. – 10:29 PM
sweet dime scottie, like how he kept the ball high on the catch so cp couldn’t swipe either – 10:25 PM
The Raptors had 53 points at half and now have 63. The Suns still have 62, so that’s a 10-0 run. That’s all the fingers I got. VanVleet pushing pace, either scoring in transition or getting to the paint & pitching like for Gary Trent Jr. Raps lead 63-62. – 10:24 PM
10-0 run in 117 seconds and the Raptors have their first lead of the night very early in the second half. We’ve got a game. – 10:22 PM
#Raptors 10-0 run to start 2nd half.
Timeout #Suns. Down one. 10:03 left in 3rd – 10:21 PM
Raptors open up the 3Q on a 10-0 run and suddenly the Suns’ 9-point lead is a deficit. Monty takes a timeout less than 2 minutes in – 10:21 PM
Complete opposite offensive start tonight than Toronto the other night. They’re making everything. I’m sure it will sustain. – 10:20 PM
As Dinwiddie checks in, he’s 0-of-6 from the field. Seemingly a different player from the guy we saw dominate in Salt Lake City and Phoenix. – 10:19 PM
What a half for Mikal! 🔥
23 PTS (Career high in a half)
3 STL pic.twitter.com/uYEcfc0Y8T – 10:12 PM
Mikal Bridges looks like a triple jumper when Euro stepping to the rim in transition.
More like Euro striding. #Suns up nine at the half, 62-53.
PHX: Bridges 23 (Most career points in a half.), Ayton 12. Team: 8-of-16 on 3s.
TOR: Siakam 12, Trent Jr. 11. Team: 4-of-13 on 3s. – 10:08 PM
Get yourself a snack and join us for the second half on @BALLYSPORTSAZ! pic.twitter.com/ticrS0VawR – 10:07 PM
Raptor trail Suns 62-53 at half. Suns shooting 8-of-16 from three (Raps 4/13). Toronto with 10 TOs to Suns six. Miles Bridges with 23. All five Raptors starters with at least seven points. – 10:07 PM
Me watching Jack Skellington
Mikal Bridges discovering
make these Christmas
WHAT. IS. THIS???
pic.twitter.com/xb5IbjwmfT – 10:06 PM
Suns up 62-53. The Raps have been OK, but 11 turnovers have killed them, both for lack of opportunities and the Suns getting going in transition. – 10:04 PM
Bridges has 23, Suns making just about every 3 they look at and Phoenix is up 62-53 at the half
Siakam has 12 for Toronto – 10:04 PM
Halftime: PHX 62, TOR 53
Bridges: 23 Pts, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 9-12 FG
Ayton: 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 5-13 FG
Paul: 9 Pts, 6 Ast, 3-5 3P
Siakam: 12 Pts, 4-7 FG
One of the best halves of Mikal Bridges’ career – 10:04 PM
Mikal Bridges in 6 quarters vs the Raptors this season: 44 points on 21 shots (15-21 FG, 5-7 3P, 9-9 FT). – 10:04 PM
Watch for the three. Stay for the reaction 😂 pic.twitter.com/7Y9iTEdHX5 – 10:02 PM
Okayyy, that’s how your feelin’? @Fred VanVleet 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/XiredoDsfq – 10:00 PM
Two good defensive plays by Ayton on the ball but both times a Raptor was able to get the offensive rebound. The team’s defense is so close to finding its old form but the connectivity still lacks the consistency we’re used to. – 9:58 PM
Scottie Barnes is gassed, just came out. VanVleet 3-point play.
#Suns up 55-46 with 3:21 left in half. Paul back in. – 9:56 PM
The Raptors offence, which has been quite good for a couple of weeks, is not right at the moment – 9:55 PM
Can’t leave Gary Trent Jr. open for any 3, let alone the shortest one from the corner.
Saric was closest to him.
Don’t know if that was man or zone. Whatever it was, Williams didn’t like it.
Timeout. #Suns up five with 6:10 left in half. – 9:49 PM
Suns shooting 7-for-14 from 3 and are up 5, Raptors also have 9 turnovers, which is pretty awful for them – 9:49 PM
Some late-night banking in Phoenix! pic.twitter.com/PgO5vn7lUD – 9:49 PM
Okogie muscles up two.
Bridges off glass running jumper good, fouled by VanVleet.
FT. #Suns up seven. Bridges 19 on 7-of-9. – 9:47 PM
All right. After that banked in shot on the run for an and-1, Mikal Bridges might be heading for a special kinda night – 9:47 PM
Jock Landale and Dario Saric, henceforth known as the Brawling Brutes, checking in. Siakam picks up his third foul. – 9:43 PM
Wainright didn’t give the Michael Jordan shrug, but could’ve after banking in a 3 from the wing.
#Suns up five. – 9:42 PM
Chris Paul hitting 3s off the dribble like this again is a really encouraging sign – 9:41 PM
Mikal Bridges in the 1st QTR:
🔥 16 PTS (Career high in a qtr)
🔥 6-for-8 FG
🔥 3-for-3 3PT
🔥 3 STL
🔥 1 BLK
🔥 @efirstbank Money Drive of the Game pic.twitter.com/I6DgqbIoBN – 9:37 PM
Siakam stays out there after playing the entire first quarter. (VanVleet and Trent also played entire quarter.) – 9:37 PM
Raptors trail 31-28 after 1Q. Toronto made six turnovers and Suns knocked down four threes, so all things considered, not a bad result. Bridges with 16; Trent Jr. with eight. – 9:37 PM
Paul 3 to end 1st quarter at buzzer.
Smiles at Cam Johnson, who ran over to set a screen. #Suns up 31-28 at half.
Phoenix shot 52.2% FG (4-of-8 from 3), but needed a Paul 3 at the horn to have a 3-point lead after one. #Suns – 9:36 PM
solid finish to the quarter but decent amount to clean up. bridges feeding off ayton help and offensively six turnovers not raptors ball. boucher providing a nice boost off the bench. – 9:36 PM
Chris Paul hits a 30-foot buzzer beater, Suns up 31-28 after 1
Bridges had 16, Trent 8/VanVleet 7 for Toronto – 9:35 PM
Suns up 31-28 after a quarter. Trent and VanVleet have 15 combined for Raps, while Bridges has 16. – 9:35 PM
End of 1Q: PHX 31, TOR 28
Bridges: 16 Pts, 3 Stl, 6-8 FG
Ayton: 8 Pts, 3-7 FG
Paul: 3 Pts, 3 Ast
Trent: 8 Pts, 3-5 FG – 9:35 PM
When Booker returns, Bridges back to the 3, which then moves Craig out of starting 5 right?
You’d think Craig will return to his role as backup 4 to Cam Johnson, but say Saric stays as backup 4.
Craig backup 3?
Lee backup 3?
Saric backup 5?
Shamet backup 2?
Thoughts? #Suns – 9:34 PM
Mikal Bridges’ 16 points in the first quarter tonight is a new career high for any quarter – 9:30 PM
Mikal Bridges 🔥🔥🔥🔥
16 points on 6-of-7 FGs (3-of-3 on 3s).
#Suns up four. – 9:30 PM
Devin Booker got Mikal Bridges’ 3 pointed at him this time and he enjoyed it – 9:29 PM
Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton with 24 of the Suns’ 28 points. Pretty incredible stuff – 9:29 PM
Apropos of nothing, Monty Williams said “happy on the farm” earlier today, which Dwane Casey said a ton during his Raptors days. – 9:27 PM
that’s a crazy pass/cut combo there from Paul and Saric. Love watching those two out there together. – 9:27 PM
Very nice flow of keeping Ayton and Bridges involved. They’ve got 18 of the Suns’ 20 points. – 9:26 PM
Wainright transition off turnover.
#Suns have already scored five points off four #Raptors turnovers.
Saric in for Craig. #Suns up 18-13. – 9:24 PM
Barnes has gotten the Paul assignment out of the gate, with VanVleet guarding Bridges. Might need to make an adjustment there. Bridges has 10 of Phoenix’s first 14 points. – 9:23 PM
Wainright in for Cam Johnson. #Suns up three as #Raptors get 3 out of timeout from VanVleet. – 9:22 PM
14-8 Suns over Raptors at 6:36 mark. Raptors have made four turnovers — three by Barnes, though he also has a blocked shot and a steal. Bridges leads all scorers with 10. – 9:21 PM
Trent Jr. answer.
Bridges swag and confidence at all-time high right now.
Has 10 already on 4-of-5 shooting. Timeout #Raptors.
#Suns up 14-8 with 6:36 left in 1st quarter. – 9:20 PM
Turning defense into offense!
Mikal already has THREE steals in the opening minutes 👋 pic.twitter.com/9A4FSmeXrJ – 9:19 PM
Mikal Bridges off to a great start on both ends. He’s already got 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, plus 3 steals – 9:19 PM
The Raptors had 8 turnovers in 48 minutes vs Portland the other night. They have 4 turnovers in 4 minutes so far tonight. – 9:18 PM
Back-to-back turnovers for Barnes. Johnson with knock away from behind. #Suns up 9-4 – 9:17 PM
Ayton jump hook.
Bridges steal and bucket, fouled.
FT. #Suns up 9-4. – 9:16 PM
Got to get more lift to get a shot over Scottie Barnes.
Blocked Ayton’s jump hook.
Very talented player.
Just stole Chris Paul’s entry pass to Ayton. #Suns up 4-2. – 9:14 PM
VanVleet up against Steph, Lillard and CP — three top-75ers — in four nights. That’s some kind of run. – 9:09 PM
Phoenix #Suns: Saben Lee ‘grateful’ as second 10-day expires Monday
azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral – 8:55 PM
Whatever the Toronto Raptors did to steal the Kings offense, they need to give it back. – 8:52 PM
The pride of Rexdale, Dalano Banton, is back and available for the Raptors tonight; they’ll start VanVleet, Trent, Barnes, Siakam, Achiuwa – 8:43 PM
Raptors going small as usual with Achiuwa at center. Toronto is always a big stylistic matchup for Ayton. – 8:37 PM
Achiuwa remains in for Anunoby. For the Suns: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Torrey Craig and Deandre Ayton. – 8:35 PM
#Suns starters vs. #Raptors
Deandre Ayton – 8:34 PM
After his 30-point game vs. Phoenix, Sochan has 10 points in the first 3 1/2 minutes tonight – 8:15 PM
Whatever assumption you’re making based on O.G. Anunoby’s words (HA!) or injury, I would suggest you not make that assumption. – 7:59 PM
#Suns update: Monty Williams says Devin Booker (left groin strain) is doing “more and more” as #NBAAllStar is due for second re-evaluation this week (w/video). https://t.co/iF8fQyZlH4 via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/Qc3O37jj3d – 7:57 PM
Left wrist sprain for O.G. Anunoby will keep him out the rest of this Raptors road trip, will be evaluated back in Toronto first of next week
Please read nothing more into it than that. Thank you – 7:30 PM
Raptors say O.G. Anunoby is out for the rest of the trip – at Phoenix, Utah, Houston and Memphis. Imaging on left wrist has been done and doctors will check on him again in Toronto. – 7:30 PM
Anunoby (left wrist sprain) will be out for the rest of the road trip, per Raptors. – 7:29 PM
Monty Williams said Devin Booker is doing more, lifting “a ton” but hasn’t played 5-on-5 yet. #Suns – 7:25 PM
“Same stuff he’s been doing. He’s lifting a ton, he’s been on the court a little bit.”
Monty Williams said Devin Booker is doing a bit more and progressing, but he hasn’t played 5-on-5 yet – 7:23 PM
Suns 2023 trade deadline primer, Part 1: Ambitious, realistic and last resort targets – bit.ly/3Dp8vOA via @PHNX_Suns – 7:05 PM
As someone who has covered O.G. Anunoby for six season, let me say it’s best to take him literally and not assign too much under-the-surface meaning to what he says. – 7:01 PM
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Trade deadline preview!
A reset of where things stand for the Suns, what teams in the wide-open West need and who could be on the move: arizonasports.com/story/3480272/… – 5:55 PM
I had a nice – tho brief😂 — conversation with O.G. Anunoby and his future in Toronto, and then he got hurt and now Precious Achiuwa is rolling and man, the Raptors have some decisions to make: sportsnet.ca/nba/article/if… – 5:53 PM
Latest @BleacherReport A 4-Team Trade Where Lakers, Suns, Wolves, Hornets All Win — more of a speculative concept, tying together various rumors into something fun
bleacherreport.com/articles/10063… – 5:15 PM
Cam Johnson said Mikal Bridges has talked trash since his rookie year. Asked about Mikal’s 3-point celly at the ground after getting a tech for it:
“I think he’ll continue directing it where he pleases, just he knows the consequences of when he does it in the wrong manner” pic.twitter.com/OVd5qjj9fU – 4:47 PM
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O.G. Anunoby (left wrist sprain) OUT tonight at #Suns after hard fall Friday at #Warriors.
Sat Saturday at #Blazers.
Name has crept back up in trade talks as it was in the summer.
Suns still looking to move Jae Crowder. #Bucks appear to be frontrunners. Trade deadline Feb. 9. pic.twitter.com/8cJRD61mHJ – 3:59 PM
The latest on Mikal Bridges’ 3-point celly…and oh yeah, it feels like Devin Booker is getting close to returning: pic.twitter.com/D3eiOusunn – 3:44 PM
Does Anunoby want out? I asked the Toronto forward about that, and also looked at how the recent emergence of Precious Achiuwa could help the Raptors make a decision on Anunoby and the other members of their core: sportsnet.ca/nba/article/if… – 3:24 PM
Players with 1000+ PTS, 250+ REB and 250+ AST this season:
– Luka Doncic
– LeBron James
– Nikola Jokic
– Pascal Siakam pic.twitter.com/TLuuUklLY9 – 3:17 PM
5-on-5 on the looming trade deadline with @Bobby Marks, @Dave McMenamin, @Brian Windhorst and @Ohm Youngmisuk, in which I introduce the Gary Trent Jr. test for the Lakers: es.pn/3jf3ykC (ESPN+) – 3:11 PM
Both White and Crowder have been in trade rumors all season long. bullswire.usatoday.com/2023/01/30/rep… – 3:10 PM
Three random thoughts on the Grizzlies I had this morning so I wrote about them in the newsletter.
– Is OG Anunoby ~ the ~ Grizz trade you imagined?
– I really have no idea how Danny Green will look. Grizz may not either.
– One note on sideline stuff. dailymemphian.com/subscriber/sec… – 2:43 PM
the suns are reportedly interested in og anunoby and well well well what do we have here: https://t.co/jv1PkgBqeS pic.twitter.com/vHyFoEPVcy – 2:30 PM
“I’m feeling great being back in the rotation. Serious minutes. Feeling great about that. I think I deserve that. I work hard for that. Played a couple of good games. I hope I’m going to continue like that.”
Dario Saric as he had season-high 13 boards Saturday at #Spurs. #Suns pic.twitter.com/gMfOlvB0o7 – 2:15 PM
The interest in Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby is seemingly growing #NBA eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/14… – 2:15 PM
On OG Anunoby, John Collins, D’Angelo Russell, Pascal Siakam, Bojan Bogdanovic and a bunch more Suns trade targets that are ambitious but still realistic: bit.ly/3Dp8vOA – 2:09 PM
“The end of my rookie year, his second year, he became more talkative.”
Cam Johnson on Mikal Bridges. #Suns pic.twitter.com/gsTKW8WDWd – 2:07 PM
“It’s been OK. Definitely some things to clean up.”
Cam Johnson on his return after missing 37 games from a torn right meniscus.
Averaging 17.6 points on 53.7% shooting (51.6% from 3) in his 5 games back. Went for 15 points (3-of-7 from 3) in #Suns win Saturday at San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/Ld58uqCGht – 2:05 PM
This year marks the 20th anniversary of @GiantsOfAfrica and a full year of events are planned. @Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri started the foundation when he was an entry level NBA scout, barely removed from working for expenses only. Amazing journey, remarkable vision: pic.twitter.com/Clmd3Eo8Gj – 2:04 PM
Suns update: Devin Booker on course to return this week after second re-evaluation (w/video) #Suns https://t.co/iF8fQyZlH4 via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/dcqa0hLrAV – 1:26 PM
“You could tell there was no fear of failure, there was no second-guessing.”
Cam Johnson on Mikal Bridges dominating in the 4Q/OT against San Antonio and how valuable late-game failures like Bridges’ missed game-tying shot against the Cavs can be: pic.twitter.com/vkUtBkjJgY – 1:20 PM
“Did we just become best friends?”
Open Gym: Moment presented by @Bell pic.twitter.com/3exgY4bBFS – 1:14 PM
Knicks reportedly very interested in Anunoby, if Raptors make him available nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/30/kni… – 1:08 PM
You can look at signs towards Devin Booker (groin) returning soon outside of getting up shots, going on road trips and the second re-evaluation set Wednesday.
Here’s another one.
#Suns officials have recently had media exit the practice courts before he’s gotten in workouts. pic.twitter.com/y21sfnHIY6 – 1:05 PM
Defensive wings that are young, cost controlled, and within Denver’s TPE:
Wendell Moore Jr.
Jaden McDaniels – 12:57 PM
Devin Booker out on the court after shootaround preparing to get a workout in (and waiting for us to get out so he can do so lol) pic.twitter.com/ZkxQhzkDbS – 12:55 PM
Landry Shamet (foot) on the court. #Suns pic.twitter.com/ORSDWD0yw0 – 12:45 PM
O.G. Anunoby is out vs. Suns and is wearing a brace on his injured left wrist here at shootaround this morning. An update expected closer to game time. – 12:39 PM
Landry Shamet getting some standing, one-handed shots up at shootaround this morning, working on his form: pic.twitter.com/NdB2pyA2gq – 12:32 PM
Report: Bucks have been given permission to talk to Jae Crowder nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/30/rep… – 12:20 PM
OG Anunoby to the Suns.
Jakob Poeltl to the Thunder.
@Michael Pina has six recommendations ahead of the trade deadline: theringer.com/nba/2023/1/30/… – 12:07 PM
NBA trade rumors: Bucks take step toward potential Jae Crowder deal; Hawks turn down John Collins offer
cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-t… – 11:44 AM
Tied for the longest active streak in the NBA of points/assists double-doubles!
@Chris Paul is the first player 37+ years old with at least four consecutive points/assists double-doubles since Steve Nash in 2012-13. pic.twitter.com/e2y6cTV2Bz – 11:43 AM
Feels like that Bucks offer for Jae Crowder will be there all the way until the deadline.
I’d wait if I was the Suns. I’d be looking to package Crowder, Saric and Payne as $25M of mostly-expiring salary to go get a real difference-maker. Does that and a pick get you Collins? – 11:39 AM
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The four possible paths for the Raptors at the trade deadline: theathletic.com/4135392/2023/0… – 10:58 AM
As always, some good Raptors stuff making rounds in @Shams Charania article, but Nurse’s contract status — his deal is up after 23-24 — was reported here on Jan. 4th –https://t.co/y1pvyHaGU0. And yes, on a team playing below expectations, the head coach has taken some heat. pic.twitter.com/1Q9dm0SvDl – 10:40 AM
We covered Cam Reddish, OG Anunoby, value of NYK assets & more in last week’s Mailbag. Thanks to @KNYT_Hoops, @jmere09nyc, @NOLANPREYNOLDS, @ProperMiddleman, @BenchWarmerPost, @KnicksRundown, @Shiz86 & @hollyhoodsino for the questions! Full Mailbag: https://t.co/BHBHkIlSR2 pic.twitter.com/rvus5HZKwi – 10:05 AM
After Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points in Golden State’s win over Toronto on Friday, NBA Twitter chimed in with different reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit… – 10:00 AM
I expect PJW to remain in Charlotte through the trade deadline, but Phoenix would be the most likely team to meet the asking price. The Suns are searching for a forward w/ Crowder on the way out, have the new ownership in control now + own all their 1R picks through ’30. – 9:30 AM
The San Antonio Spurs dropped their fifth straight game. This time, they lost in overtime against the Phoenix Suns. Here are the grades: spurstalk.com/spurs-suns-gra… – 9:29 AM
new @ringer: fake trades for 5 teams that should make a move before the deadline:
—the clippers solve their point guard/center issue
—og anunoby finds a new home and creates a legit contender
—okc is a buyer!
—the pelicans get alex caruso!!!
theringer.com/nba/2023/1/30/… – 9:22 AM
Per Shams, Spurs among teams with interest in Jalen McDaniels theathletic.com/4136200/2023/0…
Raptors and Celtics still have interest in Poeltl – 9:06 AM
Feb. 9 is only 10 days away, so it’s time for Part 1 of the @PHNX_Suns Trade Deadline Primer! Here are the trade scenarios that make the most sense for the Suns, divided up into realistic moves, ambitious but unlikely targets, and last resort options: https://t.co/ZdVEtQkPBC pic.twitter.com/PvuOSHvjzQ – 9:03 AM
Let’s start the week off right
It’s @TangerineHoops Raptors Game Day pic.twitter.com/kosEZPKQHg – 9:01 AM
Massive newsletter this morning: JJJ conspiracy, CP to the Aces, Embiid’s electric performance, the incredible blown LeBron call and more. Unlocked for everyone so share it if you like it. ziller.substack.com/p/the-jaren-ja… – 9:00 AM
Sources: The Suns have given permission to the Bucks to meet with Jae Crowder ahead of trade deadline.
New Inside Pass at @TheAthletic reporting on the Raptors, Crowder and John Collins, Mavericks wing emerging as trade target, Jakob Poeltl, and more: theathletic.com/4136200/2023/0… – 9:00 AM