The Suns now move into the gimme portion of their schedule, but as we’ve learned from this team in recent years, there’s no such thing as a gimme part of the schedule.
A game in Oklahoma City is about as close as it’s going to get to that, as the fans are booing, which is understandable because there’s not much to cheer except for how good a high lottery pick will look next to Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook in a few years. (But seriously, how long have you been waiting for your own NBA team, Oklahoma City?)
The Team Formerly Known as the Supersonics is in an ultimate rebuilding year, trying to assemble a fan base to live and die with a squad that’s been blown up with an eye toward the future.
And frankly, this roster won’t look so bad in a couple of years if they can pluck a big man like Blake Griffin from down the road in Oklahoma in the upcoming draft.
Then the Suns venture to Minnesota, which I would already mark down in the ‘W’ column if the Wolves hadn’t just pasted Detroit by 26 in the Palace and if Al Jefferson hadn’t destroyed the Suns to the tune of 30.5 points and 15.3 boards per game last year.
Jefferson becomes even more of a worry if Shaq sits out the second game of this back-to-back, as I would expect.
Like Oklahoma City, the Wolves have some nice pieces in Jefferson, Randy Foye, Mike Miller and Kevin Love, but this just isn’t their year.
The Suns will welcome Leandro Barbosa back for Tuesday’s contest after he left the team when his mom died on Nov. 13. Barbosa figures to be rusty, so it will be beneficial to get him on the court against the NBA’s bottom crust.