The Western Conference has been head and shoulders above the Eastern Conference in the NBA this season, and as the playoff race heats up out west, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in a precarious position. With a record of 41-29, the Suns currently sit tied for the last playoff spot in the conference. To illustrate the disparity between conferences, if the Suns were in the East, their record would be good for third place which does little to ease the pain of a team in the middle of a battle just to get to the postseason.
The Suns remain contenders for the final playoff spot in the west and proved so Sunday defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-120 in Minneapolis. Markieff Morris led the Suns to victory by winning the battle inside scoring 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Phoenix had to overcome a 36-point, 14-rebound performance by Kevin Love to get the victory, but were able to do so behind a 34-17 run in the fourth quarter.
The Suns are among four teams fighting for three playoff spots, but can Phoenix take advantage of a weak schedule down the stretch and make a playoff push?
Phoenix features a deadly backcourt and a multitude of rebounding big men which has the team in prime position to seal up a playoff berth if it plays to its potential. The Suns have been the surprise team of the league this season, but just exceeding expectations is not enough as the team looks to earn the respect they deserve around the country with a run in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
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