Phoenix finished the last month of 2013 with a 10-3 record, with the last win a 19-point drubbing of the Clippers that wasn't even that close.
The various power rankings around the league came out before Monday night's game, so Phoenix's place among them needs to be taken with that in mind.
Here's where the Suns ranked after last week's 2-1 stretch.
ESPN.com - 9th
Marc Stein “dropped” the Suns a couple spots due to Friday's loss at Golden State, but had nothing negative to say in conjunction.”
Stein, in fact, looked beyond the Suns' immediate success and mentioned some more long-term assets in the process.
"Phoenix awoke Monday still on track to have four first-round picks in June -- Washington's, Minnesota's, Indy's and its own -- even amid this Cinderella start."
NBA.com - 8th
John Schuhmann loved what the Suns are doing. He likes Plumlee's recent production even more.
"...there was a whole lot of Plumdoggin' going on last week. Miles Plumlee had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in Monday's win over the Lakers, and then a career-high 22 points and 13 boards in Saturday's win over Philly."
"Run-and-gun is back in vogue in Phoenix, where the Suns lead the league in fast break points per game (19.1) and rank second in three-pointers made (9.6)."
USA Today - 9th
Like nearly every pundit in the NBA, USA Today will need hindsight to correct this week's ranking. The publication pointed to the Suns' sub-.500 record against teams ranked above them.
That came a day before Phoenix's beat-down of the Clippers, where-in the Suns held L.A. to 36 percent shooting and didn't need Goran Dragic (26 points) in the fourth quarter.
CBSSports.com - 8th
Matt Moore didn't severely punish Phoenix for its stumble at Golden State On the contrary, the columnist doesn't want readers to let one defeat mar the far larger scope of what the Suns have accomplished.
"Sobering home loss to Golden State shouldn't take the luster off a fantastic first half of the season.”