Phoenix Suns Must Make Early Run in Wide-Open Western Conference

November 11th, 2014 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Phoenix Suns have started a modest 4-3, but the time has come for Jeff Hornacek's club to seize the moment and make a run up the Western Conference standings. 

As the San Antonio Spurs continue to recover from their championship hangover and the dilapidated Oklahoma City Thunder struggle to tread water without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Phoenix can take advantage of a soft November schedule and start solidifying its position as a postseason contender. 

One season removed from nearly being readmitted into the West's postseason society, signs point to Phoenix being in one of the conference's most favorable spots entering a crucial two-week stretch. 

Outside of the Spurs and Thunder, trendy preseason risers and presumed playoff entrants like the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers have also struggled to churn out consistent efforts in conjunction with the arrivals of new pieces. 

Although pivotal contests aren't classically played prior to Christmas, the Suns will be tasked with separating themselves from struggling clubs now before they're forced to make up grou ...

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