Feb. 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) in the first half at US Airways Center. The Spurs defeated the Suns 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Status Update: Feb. 24-Mar. 1

What a crazy stretch of games!

The Phoenix Suns (21-39 overall) went 3-1 this week, splitting games with the San Antonio Spurs. Oddly enough this was with the road team winning both games and the Suns winning when Tony Parker played, but losing when he didn’t.  Phoenix also slipped past the injury-riddled Minnesota Timberwolves and caught the Atlanta Hawks on a bad game, both at home.

The victories are good for team morale and might draw more fans back to the TV and the arena, especially due to the Spurs game. However, it is not good for draft position this off-season. In order to get the franchise back on the winning track they need to draft well (regardless of draft position) and trade away a combination of some current players for a budding star of some kind . . . a cornerstone to pair with Goran Dragic that can propel the Suns to the playoffs in a couple years.

The Suns played Friday, but don’t get back on the court until Wednesday when they host the Toronto Raptors. Dragic will need all that time to heal and rest up after taking a hard spill against the Atlanta Hawks, which gave him an injury that was labeled a lower right back bruise, according to the Suns official Twitter feed.

The Suns have been so bad up until this week that they need to focus and be professional. They can’t get giddy over a three-game winning streak. Plenty of teams have had and currently have much longer ones.

“It was a good win for us. We have a lot of things to correct. We have to stay even keeled,” said Phoenix’s head coach Lindsey Hunter after Friday’s victory over the Hawks.

With the recent three-game winning streak Phoenix now sits in the fourth-place in the five team Pacific division, a game ahead of the Sacramento Kings. The victories also put the Suns in a tie with the New Orleans Hornets for the second to last place in the 15-team Western Conference. Phoenix leapfrogged the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the standings and is now tied for sixth-worst overall in the league.

Suns fans need to root for the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz to win as many games as possible, so they can keep the Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs. That would be beneficial just because Suns fans hate the Lakers, even though we may admire Kobe, but also they owe us some draft picks, but we need L.A. to miss the postseason to capitalize on those draft choices.

Relevant team schedules this week:

  • Los Angeles Lakers: Atlanta, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Toronto. Unfortunately, the worst they will probably do will be 2-2.
  • Houston Rockets: Dallas (2x), Golden State, Phoenix. They will probably go at least 3-1.
  • Utah Jazz:  Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, New York (all road games). They will probably go 2-2 although, these are all toss-ups. The Jazz could sweep or be swept on this road-trip.
  • Phoenix Suns: Toronto, Sacramento, Houston. They will probably go 1-2, even though it’s in their best interests to lose all three.

It seems like this week could contribute to a positive future of the Suns’ franchise, especially if the Lakers lose all their games, but only time will tell.

This is a new type of article that will go up every Saturday. It will be a more informal evaluation of how the Suns did that week and where they stack up around the league. Please comment and tell me what other kind of information you want to know in the Status Update!

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