Everything is starting to fall into place for the Suns.
They have realized the need to actually “tank” games, and demonstrated the reality by sitting their best player, Goran Dragic, for two games that they needed to lose, even thought he wasn’t injured.
Phoenix has lost five straight games including the three this week against the Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings, with the last game of the week Saturday night as the Suns host the Indiana Pacers.
As the season draws to a close in a few weeks, the Phoenix draft pick is coming into focus more clearly. The Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic will not be caught in the upside down standings. Their records are too horrible. The Suns are just wrestling with the Cleveland Cavaliers for which team can “roll over” the fastest, in the race for the third-worst record in the NBA. Cleveland is barely winning right now.
However, things are looking up in terms of our draft pick that we are owed by the Lakers via the Steve Nash trade this off-season. Utah is currently tied with the Lakers for a 37-36 record, but the Jazz hold the tiebreaker.
The only way the Utah Jazz have surpassed L.A. is that they have picked up some easy wins recently. Their three-game winning streak is over the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trailblazers. The Phoenix versus Utah match-up was one of the games when Goran Dragic was “resting”, so as to force the Jazz to win a game.
The Dallas Mavericks have been streaking lately. With their 102-98 win over Chicago Saturday, including a vintage Dirk Nowitzki performance of 35 points, the Mavs went 11-5 in the month of March, and are only one game back of Utah and Los Angeles.
The ideal situation for Suns fans would be if both Dallas and Utah passed the Lakers AND if Phoenix finishes with a worse record than Cleveland, because that would give the Suns control of basically the third and the 13th picks in the 2013 NBA draft. That would be very good for the future of the franchise and the right way to rebuild a team from the ground up.
After tonight’s bout with the Pacers, the Suns have a few days off before they head to Hollywood to play the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, then come back to the desert for a game Friday against the Golden State Warriors.