You know, Professor John Hollinger over at ESPN.com, Stat Geek Extraordinaire. In his daily Playoff Odds, Hollinger has the Suns cruisin’ into the playoffs as the fifth seed:
That’s not bad. I mean, I know, as everybody says, that the goal is to make it into the top four because that guarantees home field advantage. But five is a decent spot to be…the Suns, if the Prof. is correct, would play the Mavs in the first round.
Now, of course, that would give ESPN et. al. a whole lot of promotional material for the matchup (because, as you may be aware, Nash used to play for the Mavs. Oh…you knew that? Well, never mind, then). But I don’t think it’s a bad setup for the Suns. At least it’s not, say…the Spurs (who are nowhere near as good as the Suns but who, for some reason, the Suns don’t seem to play worth a damn for some reason which I assume has something to do with that whole 5-vs.-8 thing in the playoffs a few years ago [and every time the Suns play the Spurs, for that matter]).
We’ll keep checking in on the Odds and see how the Suns are looking…but if they keep playing the way they’re playing while other teams keep playing the way they’re playing…things look pretty good for the Suns.