Early season predictions had the Suns going 54-28 (12th in power rankings and 7th in the Western Conference). After a measly pre-season performance and a tough schedule to begin the season the Suns were dropped to 15th in the power rankings but still predicted 7th in the West.
The Suns opened the season 1-2 with losses against the Trail Blazers and Lakers and a win against the Jazz in Utah. They routinely scored over 100 points but played lack luster defense.
The following week the Suns were 3-3 after a loss to the Spurs and wins against the Grizzlies and Hawks. The Suns beat the Grizz in an exciting overtime game and beat the Hawks after trading baskets and playing no defense in the 4th quarter.
Get this: You have to go back to 1999-2000 for the last time Nash began a season with five straight games with fewer than 10 assists. Nash has new players around him and has taking over a lot of the scoring duties to start the season. Look for his point totals to go down and his assists to go up as the team chemistry builds.
After week three the Suns posted a record of 5-4 with a loss to the Gizzlies, a convincing win against the Kings and a 3-point clinic victory over the Lakers. The Suns obviously aren’t going to drill 22 triples every night like they did in Lakerland. But, they showed they clearly have some grit left over from last season judging by how they coped with their brutal early schedule and new roster.
After four weeks of the NBA season have passed the Phoenix Suns have started 6-7. They capped off a 3-game win streak with a win against the Nuggets at home and then dropped 3 straight to the Heat, Magic and Bobcats after the injury bug hit the team.
Losing Robin Lopez made an already tiny Suns team even smaller and an injured Steve Nash left the Suns without their leader and facilitator, which means a whole lot of bad losses.
The Suns are currently ranked 13th in ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings (9th in the West) after previously being ranked 8th.
The Suns end their road trip with a game in Houston tonight. They are at home Wednesday against the Bulls and Friday against the Clippers. They travel to Denver on Sunday.
The problem for the Suns remains to be defense. Their off-season roster changes were made to help improve their defense, but have failed to prove they can be a defensive force to both their coach and their opponents. Who lets the Bobcats drop 123?
Lopez will be out for several weeks leaving it up to Warrick, Frye and Siler to step up and help with the interior defense and rebounding. Nash will be a game time decision against the Rockets and is expected to be back Wednesday night against the Bulls at the US Airways Center.
The Suns still have a lot to prove with their new roster in a tough Western Conference. The city of Phoenix needs a team to cheer for after a wretched season from the Diamondbacks and a disappointing Cardinals season thus far.
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Written by Michael Sundvik
University of Idaho - 2010 - Communications/PR/Advertising Hometown: Boise, ID Current Location: Phoenix, AZ