It’s been exactly a month since I last had a blog entry but I promise it’s for a good reason. My wife had a baby boy halfway through the month and I’ve been trying to keep up with three kids instead of two! Needless to say, I’ve been adding things over the past few weeks – but instead of counting points, rebounds and blocked shots, I have been counting dirty diapers, how many hours between feedings and the number of times I wake up in the middle of the night. Now that the baby is a couple of weeks old, I feel like I can get back into keeping track of Phoenix Suns numbers again.
If I told you the following, you would probably think the Suns were guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and would most likely end up with at least a three or a four seed come playoff time:
- 1st in the Pacific Division (3.5 games ahead of the Lakers)
- 1st in the Western Conference (tied with the New Orleans Hornets)
- 3rd best record in the NBA
But if you look at the rest of the standings in the Western Conference, things look a little scarier:
- The top eight teams in the Western Conference are within 5.5 games of each other (as opposed to a 17 game difference in the Eastern Conference)
- Portland is only 1.5 games out of first place in their division and if the playoffs started today, they would not be playing
- Golden State is nine games over .500 and is in the 8th position in the conference. By comparison, New Jersey is seven games under .500 and holds in the 8th position in the Eastern Conference. If Golden State were in the Eastern Conference, they would have the 4th best record.
What does all of this mean? Mostly it shows how good the teams are that Phoenix has to play on a regular basis. And it shows how any given team could take over the lead spot in the Western Conference with a good run at the end of the season. Who ever would have thought at the beginning of the season that San Antonio and Dallas would be on a possible crash course to play each other in the first round of the playoffs?
I’ll get more into the Suns’ numbers through the rest of the season and playoffs. I have several questions that people have sent over the past few months and I’ll be working on those as well. If you have any kind of stats questions you would like me to research, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.