For the first time in over a decade (11 years to be exact) the Phoenix Suns are headed to the NBA Playoffs. That was confirmed on Wednesday night as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 109-101 to run their record up to 44-18, guaranteeing them at least sixth place in the Western Conference in the process.
As has been the case for most of the season, their guards were largely responsible for the victory. Chris Paul led the way by scoring 28 points and dishing out ten assists while Devin Booker chipped in to score 21 of his own. With Paul’s leadership and Booker and co.’s youthful exuberance, this has become a serious team to keep an eye on as we turn to the postseason. Paul has that experience in the playoffs that others don’t have on this team, and it could serve them well as they look to better what they had done under Steve Nash’s guidance back in the 2000s. As things stand, they are just a single game off the pace of the Jazz for the top seed in the West, so don’t look for them to just quit trying to improve now.