Previous week’s games
2/26/10 SUNS 125, Clippers 112
2/28/10 Spurs 113, SUNS 110
3/01/10 SUNS 101, Nuggets 85
3/03/10 SUNS 127, Clippers 101
Upcoming week’s games
3/04/10 SUNS vs Jazz, 8:30 p.m., TNT
3/06/10 SUNS vs Pacers, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
With the 82nd annual Academy Awards just a few days away, I decided to give out the Sunsies for the Phoenix Suns’ season thus far. Without further ado, here’s the first annual Suns Spot Sunsies…
Best Short Film, Live Action:
Despite receiving fairly limited minutes compared to some of his teammates, Lou always comes in and makes an impact. In five minutes, Amundson can grab you five boards, a couple of blocks and a few offensive put-backs. What more could you ask for?
Best Documentary, Short Subjects:
As Twitter continues to grow, so does the popularity of Jared Dudley. A large part of JYD’s popularity can be attributed to his social media interaction with fans, which has included “Twitter Cribs” and “JMZ,” both giving behind-the-scenes looks at the lives of his Phoenix teammates. Even though he was unaware of what Sundance was, Dudley is still a rightful recipient of a Sunsie.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
This one was a no-brainer. The second-year guard from Slovenia has impressed fans league-wide with the improvements he’s made since his rookie year. With Goran’s consistent jumper, solid D and passing skills that keep getting better, the Suns have finally found their backup point guard.
Best Achievement in Editing:
Coach Gentry wins this award for the adjustments his made to his lineup over the year. He’s done a great job developing the above-mentioned players, especially when you consider how much time Leandro Barbosa has missed. The confidence he has shown in the likes of Dudley and Dragic has been a huge plus for the team. Factor in the genius move to place Robin Lopez in the starting lineup and Gentry is clearly deserving of such a fine and distinguished award.
Best Achievement in Directing:
Was there ever any doubt with this one? Whether it be directing his teammates in his videos off the court or calling the shots on it, Nash is hands down the best director in the Valley of the Sun.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
This one was a little tougher to choose a winner, but in the end, the Blue Devil won out. As the team’s best perimeter defender and third-string point guard, Hill does more than anyone could ever ask for. Plus, I’m biased toward him because he drinks Sprite (Editor’s note: Ladies, if you want to win Chris Coffel’s heart, the quickest route to it is a can of Sprite!).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
While Nash is the director responsible for the production, Amar’e Stoudemire is the production. STAT is having a great year and has been on a tear of late, averaging 25-plus point and 10-plus rebounds in the month of February. Despite having to deal with trade rumors for weeks, Amar’e has continued to play hard and lead the Suns as they make a push for home court in the playoffs.
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
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This award goes to the guys over at PHX Productions who made an awesome Suns video that is available at Planet Orange. (So what if I happen to be one of the guys that worked on this video? There are no rules about conflict of interest at the Sunsies. Plus, we worked hard on putting this together, so you should go watch it!)
Well, that wraps up the first-ever Sunsies. Hope you all enjoyed it, and hope to see everyone back next year!