After gutting out a win over the Clippers and blowing out the Warriors, it would be easy to pencil tonight’s game against Minnesota in the ‘W’ column before the action even tips off.
That is if the Suns hadn’t lost to bad teams like the Nets, Pacers and yes, even these Timberwolves at US Airways Center last season.
If the Suns would have taken care of business in those games that they should have won, they would have been playing basketball in late April last year.
The Suns were a much better home team under Gentry last season, going 14-3 and losing only to the Mavs, Cavs and Celtics, but the damage had already been done under Terry Porter, under whom they went 14-10.
“We have to do a really good job of protecting our home court,” Gentry said. “As I have said, most of the teams that were 50-win teams had 30 wins at home, so we’ve got to try to take care of that and do the best we can on the road.”
That’s especially true with 14 of their next 18 on the road after tonight, and many of them won’t be easy. The Suns need to fatten up on home games such as this one so that this next stretch doesn’t bury them, and that’s exactly what Phoenix has done thus far as one of only three West teams with an undefeated record.
Tonight is also expected to break the team’s streak of 153 consecutive sellouts, according to The Arizona Republic. The Suns bought a full page ad in the Republic’s sports section today thanking Planet Orange for its dedication during this streak and offering a ticket deal.