By Craig Kwasniewski
The Suns are on quite a tear, winning their 14th in a row after pasting the Washington Zeros in DC last night. Yet as impressive as their streak is, they have yet to beat San Antonio, Dallas or the LA Lakers this season.
So is Phoenix a fraud? Hardly, the losses to San Antonio and Los Angeles came early in the season when Diaw was fat and Stoudemire was recovering from knee surgery. Still, before we start comparing the 2006-07 Suns with the greatest teams in NBA history, let's see if they can beat the best teams this season. All this hype about Phoenix reminds me of Pistons last year. Remember how the talk was 70 wins and five All-Stars for Detroit? Can someone please show me their championship trophy from last season?
Anyway, San Antonio travels to Phoenix on February 1st. I'll be very curious to see how the Suns fare with the methodical Spurs. The Spurs were the only team in the NBA that the Nash-led Suns could not entice into a track-meet, winning 10 of 13 since the "two-time MVP" came to Phoenix.
BTW - I know the Lakers are more like a distant 4th best team in the west (especially since they fold to shitty teams), but there's a budding rivalry between these two teams since the playoffs last year and the Lakers' size may cause problems for Phoenix. Of course, the Lakers only have a chance if they slow the tempo. If they try to out-score the Suns, well it's a no-brainer... the Suns would dominate.
BTW 2 - I'm not counting Utah as a contending team in the west. Since the 12-1 start they are 16-13 and can't keep guys from dropping 50-spots on them... they are a fraud!