Last night’s win provided one more breath of air. After tonight, we’ll know just a little bit more.
The Suns have the benefit of getting to watch Dallas play the best team in the West, the Lakers, before even having to take the court. It’s a game Dallas should lose, and this is a game Phoenix should win. But then again, how many times have the Suns lost a game they should have won?
If Phoenix’s best-case scenario plays out tonight, the Suns will be just four games out of a playoff spot. Suddenly, doom and gloom would seem a little less likely. A little.
Golden State comes into Sunday off close wins against the Nets and Mavericks. The two teams have faced off twice this season, splitting the series so far. On Feb. 4, the Warriors won 124-112 in Oakland, as three players scored over 25 points. Two days later the Suns won by 10 in the Valley, 115-105.
One thing is for sure, it should be an exciting basketball game, as it usually is between these two. The Warriors rank second in the NBA in scoring (108.1 ppg) and the Suns are third (107.5). Golden State is also the worst in the league defensively, giving up 111.5 ppg, while the Suns are 26th, giving up 106.2.
The Suns won an all too close game Saturday night in Phoenix against the lowly Thunder and thus had to travel to the Bay Area overnight. Energy, both mentally and physically, will be something to watch early on.
If the Mavs do lose, maybe the Suns comes out firing on all cylinders with hopes of pulling the deficit two games closer in a span of just three days. It sure would put some confidence back in the fan base.
Maybe a late-season return to the place where Matt Barnes and Jason Richardson had such a magical spring a few years ago against our good friends in Dallas will spur a little more fight out of the team. Hopefully it does so at least for Barnes and Richardson, who scored a combined 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting Saturday.
After all, that crazy playoff run Phoenix fans are hoping for doesn’t allow losing games to teams like Golden State.