The 2013 NBA playoffs have begun, but due to their miserable record the Phoenix Suns will not be attending.
This season was the second-worst in Phoenix franchise history, but while most players, coaches and some fans don’t believe in moral victories, the Suns had a lot of those during this dismal year.
The team went 25-57 and 11 of those wins were against playoff teams, while the other 14 were against lottery teams. For a team that finished with the fourth-worst record in the league, you’d expect almost all the victories to be against cellar-dwellers.
Eight Landmark victories against playoff teams this season
- December 12th -The Suns beat the Grizzlies in Phoenix because of a Goran Dragic layup with less than a second on the clock after losing in Memphis in overtime the week before.
- January 12 – A month later they beat the Bulls in Chicago by 16 points for franchise win 2,000 and are the fourth-fastest team to break that plateau.
- January 24- In the team’s second game under head coach Lindsey Hunter, Phoenix hosted and beat the Clippers (minus Chris Paul).
- January 30- In Steve Nash’s debut in Phoenix after being traded to the Lakers in the off-season the Suns beat the Lakers by six points.
- February 5th- They beat the Grizzlies by six in Memphis.
- February 27- In by far the Suns’ best game of the season, the team went into San Antonio and won in overtime when the Spurs held the best record in the league and had all their star players healthy and playing. This was after an overtime win against Minnesota the day before in Phoenix.
- March 18- In a highly-satisfying game, the Suns destroyed the Lakers in Phoenix by 23 points.
- April 15- In the penultimate game of the season, the Suns hosted Houston and won when Phoenix was without Gortat or Jermaine O’Neal and nobody on the Rockets were resting up for the playoffs.
What all of these games illustrate is some evidence for the big game theory and complacency where the significance of the game plays at least some small part into the effort the players put out on the court. Also, it shows that sometimes teams play up to better competition and down to worse opponents.
The Suns are definitely a testament to the sayings, “Any team can beat any other team on any night” and “they all pick up their check at the end of the week”. You can’t just discredit a team or player because they aren’t superstars. They all got into the NBA right?
In a season full of disappointment, these wins were something that the fan base could rally around, but now that the season is over, they can only look to the draft and the future.