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Two games remain of 66 and the outlook is crystal clear for the Suns, win in Utah Tuesday then win again at home versus a Spurs team that probably won't have much incentive with the #1 seed wrapped up. The Suns could also potentially receive help from the Blazers on Thursday, but that seems unlikely since the Blazers have the look of a team that already has their cabana clothes packed for tropical vacations.

It's all very simple and it's all on the Suns to do it for themselves.

Standings and recaps from yesterday's games after the jump.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
San Antonio Spurs 63 47-16 .746
Oklahoma City Thunder 64 46-18 .719
Los Angeles Lakers 65 41-24 .631
Los Angeles Clippers 64 40-24 .625
Memphis Grizzlies 64 39-25 .609
Denver Nuggets 64 36-28 .563
Dallas Mavericks 65 36-29 .554
Utah Jazz 64 34-30 .531
Phoenix Suns 64 33-31 .516
Houston Rockets 65 33-32 .508
Portland Trail Blazers 64 28-36 .438
Minnesota Timberwolves 65 26-39 .400
Golden State Warriors 64 23-41 .359
Sacramento Kings 64 21-43 .328
New Orleans Hornets 64 20-44 .313

The Rockets were eliminated from contention with their loss at Miami yesterday, and the Heat didn't even need Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh to do it.

Miami Heat Eliminate Houston Rockets- Win 97-88

The Miami Heat rallied in the 4th quarter and eliminated the Houston Rockets from the western conference playoffs on Sunday.
With Dwyane Wade and Chis Bosh out, LeBron James carried the Heat, scoring 11 of his game high 32 points in the 4th quarter and also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory.


In a game that had no direct impact on the Suns, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Lakers, moving the Spurs one step closer to the #1 seed and hopefully allowing them to rest players and generally not be overly concerned with winning when they play the Suns on Wednesday.

Lakers Complete Huge Comeback with Double OT Win Vs. Thunder

It was the most unlikely of comebacks, so it makes sense that it came from the most unlikely of places. Down by 17 near the start of the 4th quarter, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to try a lineup they never tried before. Ramon Sessions and Pau Gasol joined Steve Blake, Devin Ebanks, and Jordan Hill as Mike Brown searched under every rock for just a little bit of energy. He finally found some. When Kobe Bryant replaced Ramon Sessions with 8 minutes to go in the quarter, the Lakers were still down 13. That lineup would play the rest of the way, and at game's end, the result was a 114-106 double overtime victory.

Of course, the game will be best remembered for Metta World Peace's cowardly cheap shot on James Harden and subsequent lame "apology" for it. A lengthy suspension is in MWP's future and he richly deserves it.

Four days left in this crazy season and it's all on the line for the Suns. Not bad for a team that was left for dead by pretty much everyone in February.


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Steve Nash is known for being a great athlete. But for those of us who have watched him throughout the years, we have also come to know him as a man who takes great pride in the appearance of his hair. We follically-challenged often find ourselves either envious or complimentary of a good head of hair. Nash has good hair, good enough to experiment over the years:

(the young rook out to make an impression)

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(the Spice girls years)

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(little mullet action)

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(look at the body on those flowing, locks! Steve definitely uses conditioner)

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(mature yet stylish in a Roman sort of way)

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(Blue Magnum)

Images courtesy of U.S. Presswire & Getty Images


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Like Mr. Gibb, the Suns are not dead. Here's how things stand:

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After last night's action, the Rockets are tied with the Suns for 9th, while the Jazz own the 8th outright by a game. These are all the games that mattered to the Suns last night:

Houston 99 Golden State 96

SB Nation-Courtney Lee scored 20 points, while Goran Dragic added 18 points and seven assists as the Houston Rockets snapped a six- game slide with a 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Utah 117 Orlando 107 OT

SLC Dunk-This Orlando club was out gunned, smaller, and on the road -- but they played with a lot of heart and you gotta give them respect. Their best player is screwing them over, and screwing his own team mates over. Yet they still went out there, played their hearts out, and took us to overtime.


The Suns are still in control of their own destiny, 2 wins over the Jazz and Spurs and they make it in. Period.


Will we see these guys on the court together again this season?

For the first 49 games of the season, the Phoenix Suns had lost the fewest player-games to injury (4) in the entire league. Now Channing Frye is hurt while Grant Hill remains out as the Suns fight for their playoff lives. The Suns starting five of Gortat-Nash-Hill-Frye-Dudley boasted the league BEST scoring differential (+/-) in the entire league, but they have not played together since March 25, 2012 - 15 games ago.

The NBA offseason lockout left players to fend for themselves for six months and then, without warning, the league threw all players jam-packed an abbreviated training camp and 66 regular-season games into 4 months after a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed.

Despite their health, the Suns played poorly before the all-star break. Channing Frye has reportedly commented he expected the whole season to be cancelled. As a group, the team was unprepared to play the season. The team, held back mostly by their unproductive second unit, started 12-19 with a handful of egregious losses on the docket (14-20 at the all-star break). Eventually, the second unit began to gel and the Suns started winning games. Since the all-star break, the Suns have gone 19-11 without losing a single game that they were supposed to win while chalking up several wins they were supposed to lose.

But the injury bug is starting to take its toll.

First, Grant Hill went down just when the long road trip kicked off. The Suns' best perimeter defender, who took on all comers from point guards to small forwards, has missed 14 of the Suns' last 15 games. His defense has been missed especially against teams with strong perimeter play.

Now, Channing Frye subluxed his shoulder again, and may miss much if not all the Suns' remaining games.

But even unofficial injuries are catching up to the Suns, just as they hurt other NBA teams, I'm sure.

All-star point guard Steve Nash has played - for him - poorly in the last few weeks. His assists per game have dropped from 11.8 in March's 16 games to 8.8 in this month's 12 games. His shooting percentages have remained strong, but he's taking 2 fewer shots per game since the all-star break. But even beyond the numbers, Nash has appeared "tired" more often than not.

Coulda-been All-Star Marcin Gortat has tailed off as well. After averaging a team-high 36.6 minutes per game in February and earning consideration for all All-Star bid, the Polish Hammer has appeared tired. In April, the Suns' best rebounder and pick-and-roll finisher is down to only 29.9 minutes per game. Some of that can be attributed to Robin Lopez' improved play, but I just know by watching Gortat that his fire from last year and early this year seems to be missing.

Somehow, the Suns have gone 19-11 in the second half despite a drop-off in production from their best players - Gortat, Nash and Hill.

And now Channing Frye is injured too.

The Suns need 2 more wins to earn a postseason bid, despite their mounting injuries and stars' tired legs. Can they pull off two more miracles?

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