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Phoenix Rising: The Suns are Scorching Hot

The Suns have won 9 of their last 10 games, and are moving up the Power Rankings. What led to their rise in the West and can they keep it up?

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Phoenix Rising: The Suns are Scorching Hot

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Don’t look now, but another NBA team has passed the Clippers, Nets, and Sixers in the power rankings. The Phoenix Suns are ON FIRE! Winners of 3 straight, and before that 6 in a row. In fact, they have only lost twice in the month of February.

9-1 in their last 10, with losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets as the only blemishes on an otherwise perfect month of February. The Suns have found success with the duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, last weeks NBA player of the week.

Booker is putting up 28.5 points per game and averaging 5.7 assists per game. When he is on the floor with CP3 the duo are outscoring teams by 9.5 points per 100 possessions.

Defensively, Deandre Ayton ranks 4th in the league with 12.3 rebounds per game. As a team the Suns rank 4th in points allowed and 1st in three pointers allowed.

The Bubble Was Just the Beginning

Yes, this is the same Suns team that went 8-0 in the bubble when the NBA season resumed in late Summer 2020. However, the perfect start to their restart wasn’t enough to land them a spot in the 2020 Playoffs. But we were given a glimpse of this new-look Suns team and anyone discounting them heading into this season wasn’t paying attention to the end of last season.

Now they are banging on the door of being a dominant force in the crowded Western Conference. Week by week it’s getting harder and harder to pick a top dog in the West, but don’t be surprised if we see the Suns hanging around the Top 5 in the Power Rankings for sometime to come.

Valley Of The Rising Sun

Dominant as the Suns have been of late, they still find themselves in the same division as the Clippers and Lakers. If they can ride their momentum and capitalize on the injury woes of both of those powerhouses, it’s possible the Suns could make their presence felt in the playoffs.

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Christian is husband, father and video editor working in New York City. Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh Area he is a life long fan The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates as well as Professional Wrestling.

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