For the first time since the end of 2015, Phoenix Suns is in 10th place in the Western Conference with a week to pass before the playoffs.
Except this time, they have a chance to actually make the playoffs!
In April 2015, The after nightmare-trading term Suns, with 39 wins, sat in 10th place and was three games behind the 8th planted thunder with four per game. The Suns continued to lose the last four games to end the season, losing 10 of their last 11 in what turned out to be the start of a long horrible journey to hell.
AT THIS TIME, the sun is in a completely different place.
This time, the Suns are again in 1
Here is the ranking from Friday morning.
The suns need help
The sun can’t rise to 9th or 8th place for the game without a little help from the Portland Trail Blazers or Memphis Grizzlies.
Portland and Memphis already have 32 wins each – two more than the Suns – which means the Suns must equalize and cross both to make their way into the game.
Or do they ?????
What if all three teams finished with 34 wins, which means Portland and Memphis split their last four games while the Suns win?
According to ESPN, the NBA will use the profit margin to determine playoffs or playoffs. Portland has played another game from Memphis and Phoenix, so if they end up with the SAME WINS as these teams, then Portland will go home.
- Memphis Grizzlies, 34-39, profit margin: .466
- Phoenix Suns, 34-39, profit percentage: .466
- Portland Trailblazers, 34-40, profit percentage: .459
So, in fact, if the Suns win, Portland will have to finish 3-1 to stay ahead in the standings, not just 2-2.
Well, what if Portland goes 3-1 to 35-39 and Memphis and Phoenix finish 34-39? Well, then Portland gets the 8-seed, and the Sun and Grizzly will end up with exactly the same percentage of profit … which then leads to deeper tiebreaker rules … which starts with a head recording … where the Sun is failed because they lost 2 of 3 games to Memphis this year.
So let’s reset now …
To make a play-in, the suns must win
- three more games from the Grizzlies from here on out
- OR two more games from the Blazers
- And of course stay ahead of the other contenders
Upcoming Grizzlies schedule
The Sun can make a playoff if it finishes with 3 more wins than the Grizzlies. Honestly, now that Jaren Jackson Jr. is injured, I can totally see the Grizzlies lose all four of their remaining matches.
- Thunder (they never stop)
Birds of prey (difficult to settle in the second seed in the East, but they never give up)
Celtics (fight with Miami to stay in 3rd place)
Beech (they can beat you easily even when you rest a lot of boys)
They really only have rookies Ja Morant and Brandon Clark as their best players, and with very little depth.
This is the Suns’ best bet for the game: hopefully the Grizzlies go 1-3 or 0-4. Blazers, Spurs, Pelicans and Jazz have already released Bubble games.
Blazers upcoming schedule
You won’t like this. The remaining schedule of the Blazers is cake.
Trimmers (something that fights Denver for the 2nd seed, but can’t fall further than the 3rd)
76ers (excluding Ben Simmons, found difficult in 6th Seed East)
Mavericks (found difficult in the seventh seed in the West)
Nets (settled in 8th place in the East … The nets halved their rotation after beating Washington the next day!)
We would really like to see the Blazers just split these four games, but I see them going 3-1 on their own. Balloon wins now include the Grizzlies, Rockets and Nuggets, with the only loss to the Celts.
The upcoming schedule is forthcoming
This is not a picnic, I’ll tell you that.
Warm (they never stop, except in this fourth quarter against Bucks on Thursday … which will probably leave them crazy and want to beat their next opponent even more!)
- Thunder (they never stop)
- 76ers (excluding Ben Simmons, found difficult in 6th Seed East)
- Mavericks (settled hard in the 7th seed in the West, but they want to avenge Suns’ loss from last week)
Can the Sun rise 4-0? Sure! I never thought they would start 4-0, defeating the Mavericks, Pacers and Clippers in succession after warming up over the Wizards. The Suns are the hottest team in the league – and the ONLY team is still undefeated in Bubble! And the second half of this schedule actually seems easier than the first half.
Keep the faith, fans of Suns.
We don’t know how the safe playoff teams will cope with their remaining seed matches.
On the one hand, you don’t want to risk hurting your biggest stars, but on the other hand, in Orlando, you really have nothing to do but play basketball. They have not played 78 games in the last six months. They have only played four games together in the last five months! So maybe these teams will play full rosters to help them prepare for the playoffs.
See Suns fan performance charts. But while the Dreams continue to win, all you have to worry about are the Grizzlies and the Blazers.