While the Los Angeles teams have garnered most of the press since the NBA has resumed its season, there is another purple-clad Western Conference team that is really doing work down in the bubble. That team is the Phoenix Suns and they have not lost a game in the “bubble.
Devin Booker lead the way with 35, Mikal Bridges added 24 , while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 16 points and 10 helpers. Phoenix came into resumption of the season 13th in the West. The current seven game winning streak has lifted the team into a ninth place tie just 0.5 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers. In this latest set up of NBA basketball, should the ninth-place team fins themselves within four games of the eighth and final playoff spot, that will trigger a play-in scenario in which the ninth-place team can only get into the playoffs by defeating the eight seed twice.
We know we’re not totally in control of our fate but we put ourselves in a good position. No one would have guessed the Phoenix Suns would be in this position before all of this started.”Suns head Coach Monty Williams
Monday’s win lifted Phoenix to 7-0 in the bubble , but Devin Booker recognises that even going undefeated in this resumed stretch of basketball does not guarantee the Suns will be in a position to fight to continue their season, say this:
‘That’s life, man. We’re controlling what we can control and that’s the eight games they gave us. … I don’t think there’s going to be any sad faces around here, whether we make the playoffs or not.”
Phoenix will play their last seeding game Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.