After suffering back-to-back losses to Chicago and Houston early last week, the Suns bounced back in a big way with a double-digit win over the Warriors.
Was it enough to stay afloat in the various power rankings around the league?.
Depends on which poll you look at.
ESPN.com - 8th
Marc Stein didn’t punish Phoenix for its 1-2 week, leaving the Suns at the eight spot while seeing the Grizzlies drop below and the Spurs skip above.
Of particular interest to Stein was Dragic’s epic performance against Golden State, which caught plenty of people’s attention.
“The game that sent Twitter into a tizzy about how Goran Dragic absolutely has to be in New Orleans (like we've been saying!) was a 34-point, 10-assist masterpiece in a home win over Golden State that took the lefty to seven straight games with at least 20 points for the first time in his career.."
We won’t address his speculation on what the Suns need, since that’s not for us to say. What we will say is that Schuhmann is right about the status of Phoenix’s offense.
"…their offense has been red hot over the last few weeks, especially with Goran Dragic and Channing Frye on the floor."
SI.com - 11th
Not sure why Matt Dollinger was cold enough on the Suns to push them down three spots. His set of rankings is the only one to have Phoenix outside of the league’s top 10.
It’s even more confounding when compared to the amount of praise he heaps on the Suns’ leading scorer and captain.
"Player A is averaging 24.6 points and 9.1 assists while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.4 from three-point range. Player B is averaging 20.4 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 41 percent from deep. Pretty similar, right? A is Golden State's Stephen Curry, and B is the Suns' Goran Dragic."
USA Today - 8th
Far be it from USA Today to follow any pattern with its own set of rankings.
A day before ESPN kept the Suns in the same place and other sites dropped them down, they decided to bump Phoenixup.
And you know what? We’re okay with that.
“Goran Dragic has averaged 26.8 points and 6.0 assists a game since his All-Star snub.”
CBSSports.com - 7th
Matt Moore chopped Phoenix down a whopping three spots in his set of rankings. To be fair, though, he had them at a lofty No. 4 a week ago, so he still had Phoenix at the highest spot of the various rankings (tied with NBA.com).
"‘Phoenix took over the sixth seed with the win over the Warriors. Who would have thought they'd be here at All-Star break?”