The Suns survived and are now thriving after their 1-4 road trip earlier this month. They’ve won four of their last five, including two road wins and a nationally televised victory over the league-best Pacers
Their recent upswing was mirrored by a similar move in the various NBA power rankings this week. Here’s a look at which set rewarded Phoenix the most and their thoughts in the process.
ESPN.com - 10th
Marc Stein likes the Suns, apparently, enough to give them a two-spot promotion in his set of rankings. He’s also a big fan of Goran Dragic. If his lauding for the Slovenian’s spot in the All-Star game wasn’t enough, consider this extra plug in his power poll:
And you're sure you don't agree with me that Goran Dragic is All-Star material in the West?"
He’s also interested in Dragic’s All-Star fate, though he admits the guard would “easily be an All-Star in the East.”
Speaking of the East…
"...against [the East] the Suns are playing eight straight games. That should enable them to pad their record, especially since the stretch started with a win over the Pacers on Wednesday."
Since then, Phoenix is 2-1 heading into Wednesday night’s tilt against league-worst Milwaukee.
SI.com - 10th
Matt Dollinger had Phoenix at 11 last week, but even a win over the Pacers wasn’t enough to vault the Suns past the Mavericks, who went 2-2 in the same span.
Still, he gives credit where credit is due, and in this case it was directed toward super sub Markieff Morris.
"The Suns have had plenty of surprises this season, but Markieff Morris might be the biggest one of all. He scored 27 points in Sunday's victory at Cleveland, the 10th time he's had at least 20 off the bench this season."
USA Today - 10th
USA Today had the 22-20 Grizzlies ahead of the (at the time) 24-18 Suns. We find this competitively appropriate this week, since Memphis’ Mike Conley and Phoenix’s Goran Dragic are vying for league-wide recognition and a spot in the All-Star game.
It’s the Morris twins, however, who get the shoutotu in this particular edition of power rankings.
“Markieff Morris has turned the tables on twin Marcus after being outscored in their time at Kansas.”
Given how much they pull for each other, we have to think 1) they don’t care and 2) Marcus will get his turn at the hot hand sooner than later.
CBSSports.com - 8th
Matt Moore has been one of the more optimistic Suns supporters out there. They were eighth last week and remain entrenched in that spot this week.
What really impressed us, however, was how well he described Phoenix’s 24-point win over Indiana.
"They dropped the Pacers with a right hand that made them look like Ali.”