Just a few days ago, the Phoenix Suns were the top team in the West, and seemed like they were on their way to another run at the Western Conference Finals.
On Monday morning, that was certainly not the case.
Rough patch for Phoenix 😬 pic.twitter.com/mmc8KgI03U
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) December 11, 2022
On Monday morning, the Suns were the 4th team in the West with a 16-11 record.
That came after a troublesome week for Monty Williams‘ squad, having lost 5 of their last 6, with defeats to the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and New Orleans Pelicans twice.
Every team hits rough patches and the Suns are still competitive but fans are starting to get awfully nervous about what they are seeing.
The worst losses that the Suns experienced over the last week were the two against the Pelicans.
During those games, Booker (who only played in the first game) and Paul looked flat-footed and figured out.
These games were reminiscent of some of the postseason breakdowns the Suns have experienced over the last few years.
This is concerning because the Suns will surely have to battle the Pelicans and Mavericks again, especially as they attempt to win in the West.
The Mavericks have quickly become huge rivals to these Suns and their massive triumph over the Suns the other day only cemented that.
Now people are starting to wonder if Phoenix has what it takes to stay dominant in the West or if they will be like the Utah Jazz were a few years ago: always good but never great enough.
Are the Suns going to rise again or will they continue to set?