Isn’t it nice to have an NBA squad that actually looks and plays like a postseason team?
I’m watching the Suns’ final minutes taking apart Memphis (they won by 31) while glancing ahead at the schedule. Portland on Monday is interesting, then Memphis, Chicago, and Minnesota in the next seven days. The Suns will be favored in three of the four games.
We haven’t had that type of team here in the Valley since 2010. Outwardly, things are calm. Monty Williams has his squad playing one game at a time. Chris Paul runs the show, and the owner has been in the background. After the misery of the last 10 years, it feels too good to be true.
We haven’t seen the catastrophic injury, the free-agent signing that was a bust, or the unhappy superstar wanting out of the 602. Go up and down the lineup, and there’s not a non-productive player wearing a PHX jersey. Deandre Ayton continues to improve, or maybe it’s just that the talent around him has been significantly upgraded. Jalen Smith can get minutes in the G-league. The team doesn’t need him right now. Booker and Paul are legitimate All-Stars.
I’m finding myself already looking ahead to Tuesday, March 2nd. A national TV matchup with Lebron and the Lakers. That’s how it should be. We’re not going back to the Decade of Darkness anytime soon. Start saving up your dollars for playoff tickets…