The results of the Phoenix Suns schedule since the All-Star break is basically the definition of inconsistency.
It all started out with a slight victory over the depleted Denver Nuggets in the Mile High City in overtime. Gerald Green had his career-high 36 points in the game.
Then there was nearly no time to rest or recuperate as Phoenix had to travel back to the desert to host the lowly Boston Celtics. Even though they were facing the 2013-14 Celtics squad back-to-backs with travel are generally difficult so everyone celebrated when the Suns came out victorious, despite making numerous mistakes.
The Suns seemed to be on a role, which they continued as they completed the most satisfying game of the season, destroying the San Antonio Spurs by 21 points. A feat that hadn’t been accomplished since 1999.
But then the winning train got derailed.
First Phoenix lost to Houston in a controversial manner, as a clear Dwight Howard lane violation wasn’t called in the final seconds, dooming the Suns. In that game the team even squandered a 35-point game from Dragic, which was a career-high at the time.
Then the Suns let Kevin Love obliterate them. Love went for 33 points as the Timberwolves won by nine points.
Finally the bleeding couldn’t be stopped as Phoenix dropped their third consecutive game, this time to the lottery-bound Utah Jazz, due to The Dragon being sidelined with an ankle injury.
In the last two games, the Suns’ offense has masked their sieve of a defense, and Phoenix pulled out a pair of victories.
First against the New Orleans Pelicans, Dragic returned from the ankle injury and dropped a career-high 40 points in an ESPN-televised game to overshadow Anthony Davis, who basically was the player who beat him out of the All-Star game. He showed people that they picked wrong.
Now the Suns have a tough stretch ahead of them, which could help determine if the Suns get in the playoffs.
They host the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, then with only a day to recover have the Oklahoma City Thunder coming to town. Thankfully the Suns will have two days before they play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland then have the brutal road-back-to-back to take on the Clippers again the very next day.
Obviously, the Suns need to win as many games as they can, but this is especially true during this stretch of games. Every win helps solidify a playoff berth, especially when they are playing some of the teams they are trying to beat out.
I’m pretty sure the Suns will win at least one of the Clippers games, maybe even both. The Suns beat them just before the New Year by quite a huge margin. The Warriors game is a toss-up, we’ll just have to see which Suns squad shows up, and if Gerald Green and Channing Frye have their shots “on” that particular game. I’m basically calling the game against OKC a loss though. It’s just going to be too tough.
So I’m saying they’ll go 2-2 in this span. And that’s good enough.