Last week the Suns sandwiched a pair of blowout wins around a home loss to Memphis, including a 19-point demolishing of the Clippers at Los Angeles.
Was it enough to rise in the various power rankings? For most, yes. For those needing more, they’ll see plenty as the Suns begin a five-games-in-seven-nights stretch tomorrow night at Chicago.
ESPN.com - 7th
Marc Stein is not only high on what Phoenix has done in recent weeks, but what they’re upcoming schedule looks like as well. Maybe the combination of both is what had him bump the Suns up two spots from a week ago.
"…life soon might be getting even better than it has been for the Desert Cinderellas. Reason being: Phoenix has 23 games left against East foes ... more than anyone else in the West has. "
With 10 of those games occurring in the month of January alone, that sunny forecast could come sooner than later.
NBA.com - 8th
John Schuhmann promoted Phoenix an additional spot in his rankings, citing a recent trend that is quickly developing for the young team from the desert: a killer instinct.
"...Only five of their last 15 games have been close late and their last five victories have been by an average of 18.2. No team has a better record over the last 33 days"
In other words, the Suns have been really, really good.
SI.com - 7th
Matt Dollinger kept Phoenix at seven for the third straight week, but did change up his praise when it came to individual recognition.
"With Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic hogging the spotlight, Gerald Green has quietly put together a resurgent season in Phoenix. After struggling last season with the Pacers, Green has found his stroke in the desert, averaging a career-best 13.4 points while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and an impressive 39 percent from beyond the arc."
Of course, it’s hard to go wrong pegging anyone on this Suns’ team for having a big season.
USA Today - 9th
USA Today remains the most pessimistic when it comes to ranking the Suns. They kept Phoenix at ninth behind the Clippers (who Phoenix annihilated) and Rockets (lost twice last week).
The silver lining? Apparently they dig the comeback stories of P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green.
”Their top two traditional wing players were out of the league less than three years ago.”