Jim Coughenour

  • joined Jul 27, 2010
  • last login Apr 14, 2014
  • posts 287
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My hobbies include schadenfreude, narcissism, and misanthropy.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
  • NBA Phoenix Suns
  • NFL Arizona Cardinals
  • NCAAF Arizona St. Sun Devils
  • NCAAB Arizona St. Sun Devils
  • NHL Phoenix Coyotes
  • Golf Tiger Woods
User Blog

Going Gorilla: a tough month... and another snub?

Can the Suns keep pace with other playoff hopefuls in a brutal Western Conference as their schedule delivers a couple of daunting road trips... and will the replacement of an old adversary provide a new nemesis?

Are the Suns sloppy and selfish?

Most people familiar with the Suns would use the words cohesion and camaraderie to describe the team rather than the scathing adjectives in the title... but then why is the team dead last in the NBA in assist to turnover ratio?

Hornacek named Western Conference Coach of Month

The Phoenix Suns are starting to pile up hardware this season as Jeff Hornacek was just named the Western Conference Coach of the Month. Expect more accolades for this team before the 2013-14 season winds down.

Going Gorilla: Point differential and Kevin Love

This week I take a look at the Phoenix Suns fairly understandable defensive issues and the fairly undecipherable opinion some people seem to have about Kevin Love.

Yes, Suns fan, the Suns can win a championship

In my second edition of Christmas... BSotS style... I take a stab at the classic "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." You can also link to last year's "How Sarver Stole Christmas" in the story.

Going Gorilla: The Suns are having career years

As the NBA season hits the holidays the Suns have passed the stage of their play being posited as a mere heat check. Instead, this winter heat wave is being fueled by a collection of players who have collectively taken their game to the next level.

Suns close out venomless Lakers in 114-108 win

The buzz around the game may have centered on Kobe Bryant, but the Suns were the stars tonight. Behind several dazzling individual performances, and a team effort, the Suns played from ahead the entire game and put away the Lakers down the stretch.


Gamethread: Let's smoke these fools

Time for the Suns to put some more separation (on the good side) between themselves and .500 at the expense of the Lakers... Because let's face it, nobody deserves an ass kicking more than they do.

Preview: Suns visit transitioning Lakers

The Phoenix Suns go for three wins in a row tonight as they play a very beatable Los Angeles Lakers team in a state of flux. Supposedly some guy named Kobe Bryant just returned from an injury.

Going Gorilla: Welcome back, Kobe

Kobe is back. After a warm up against the Toronto Raptors tonight he will be expectantly awaiting the Suns arrival on Tuesday with a fire to win burning in his dark heart. After all, Kobe Bryant hates the Suns. But for me, the feeling isn't mutual.

The Suns didn't lose in Memphis, they won

The Phoenix Suns travelling contingent visited St. Jude's Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN on Monday December 2nd while in town for a matchup against the Grizzlies the following day.

Suns get "Bear"ied in embarrassing 110-91 loss

The Phoenix Suns' recent play had hinted at some disturbing trends and all of them were painfully on display in a second half where the Suns were dominated 64-37 by a shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies team.


Gamethread: Time to beat a "Bear Down"

The Suns kick off December with a matchup against a Grizzlies team that pretty much nobody would have guessed would have a worse record than Phoenix at this point in the season. Can the Suns take advantage of a seemingly vulnerable opponent?

Preview: Suns look to burn bears

The Phoenix Suns head to Memphis for the first leg of a back-to-back road swing against the ailing Grizzlies hoping to recover from a home loss to the last place Utah Jazz and stay on the good side of .500.

Going Gorilla: bad D, bad L's, good Frye

The topics du jours are bad defense, bad losses and a (not bad) player who may be on his way to a career year. It's hard not to lead with the bad stuff, though, after the Suns just got blowed up by the worst team in the NBA.


Gamethread: Suns @ Heat - Enter the furnace

Join me as the Suns invade the Miami shoreline looking for a signature road win to punctuate what has already been a surprising start that has stultified many pundits predictions of pitiful play.

Preview: Time for Suns to shine in Sunshine state

The Suns have already hung with San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Portland in narrow losses on the road this season and tonight they face another litmus test when the play the Heat in Miami. Can the Suns win a road game against one of the NBA's elite?

Take Five: Q & A with Hot Hot Hoops

In an effort to promote comity between the sister sites of SB Nation the munificent Kevin Kraczkowski of Hot Hot Hoops joins us and answers my five questions about the Miami Heat.

Going Gorilla: The weekly rant - Close or not?

Last week I took a look at how the Suns had fared in close games this season. Consider this part two, as I look further into what constitutes a close game and the correlation between winning % in close games compared to overall winning %.

Going Gorilla: The weekly rant - late game zeroics

The Phoenix Suns had been cheating death through the first two weeks of the NBA season, but last week they were scythed. Speaking of dead things, I exhume some information from the beginning of last season... and find some interesting parallels.

All-Star ballot includes Bledsoe, Dragic and Keef

Alright Suns fans. Time to advocate for your favorite Suns to be included in the 2014 NBA All-Star game hosted by Pierre the Pelican.

Small sample size can lead to premature estimation

Having problems with premature estimation? Check your sample size. The Phoenix Suns are off to a scintillating start, but what kind of bellwether does seven games provide?

Going Gorilla: Suns need that Top 5 pick

The NBA draft is a crapshoot. There are no guarantees in the lottery. After all, nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes, right? Or are all of these adages just myths waiting to be dispelled?

New team, old outcome: Spurs outlast Suns 99-96

The Suns finished up a three game road trip with a familiar result in San Antonio, but the way that the Suns played left me with a very different feeling. I wasn't dejected by a loss, but proud of a scrappy young team that is finding its way.

Suns fricassee Pelicans in 104-98 win

Phoenix pulled the classic bait and switch on New Orleans by lulling them to sleep in the first half before brutalizing them with a 28-9 run to end the third quarter. Very clever Suns. Poor Pierre the Pelican never saw it coming...


Gamethread: Pelican tastes like chicken

The Suns and smoking hot new addition Eric Bledsoe are in New Orleans tonight to battle against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Watch the game to see the antics of Pierre the Pelican and join in the gamethread to offer your critique.

Going Gorilla: The weekly rant

In this inceptive episode I discuss Suns' security policies, Gorilla (chicken) wings and punctuality, and a certain player for Phoenix who is so scalding he might as well be walking on the Sun.

Preview: First ever Suns/Pelicans battle!

The Suns hope to bring the same energy from their first three contests into New Orleans tonight for a melee against the newly dubbed Pelicans. Can the Suns play the role of cormorants and greedily snatch up a win?

Happy Halloween! BSotS Meetup Tomorrow!

Final reminder everyone. The inaugural Brightside meetup is this Friday, November 1st at the Downtown Majerle's in Phoenix at 24 N. 2nd St. at 5:30 pm before the Utah Jazz game starts at 7:00. If you want to show up early I will be there around 4:45.

Lottery Limbo: How low can the Suns go?

As the NBA season tips off some teams are preparing for runs to the playoffs. The Suns will be in a different race. The race for lottery seeding. So exactly how does Phoenix rank among the teams that are expected to struggle this season?

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