The Phoenix Suns are going above and beyond most expectations for the team this season. They are currently in sixth position in the Western Conference and have won five straight games, the longest streak in the NBA.
They will host the Chicago Bulls tonight who, with the long term absence of Derrick Rose and departure of Luol Deng via a trade, are struggling to compete in the mediocre Eastern Conference.
Frustrations boiled over last night for the Bulls when Joakim Noah dropped an F-bomb at the referees and was ejected during Chicago's 99-70 defeat to the Sacramento Kings.
Coach Tom Thibodeau did not blame the officials however and stated that his team need to simply turn their fortunes around. The coach said: "We played poorly. I am not going to put it on the officials. The one thing about this league is that things can change quickly and they have. Just as quickly as can go from good to bad and it can go bad to good. But we have to change this and work our way out of this."
Meanwhile a win for the Suns tonight would make for the franchise's longest winning streak in almost four years.
Despite their recent performances, Phoenix will not be represented at the NBA All-Star game later this month. Goran Dragic says he doesn't care about the snubs: "It doesn't matter. I just want to play hard and be with my teammates and make the playoffs."
The playoffs are a definite possibility for Phoenix,a possibility which could be improved should they secure the trade of Pau Gasol from the Lakers as has been rumored this week.
The Suns want to ensure that Gasol will first be healthy for a playoff run, but most sources seem to agree that a deal could happen before the deadline.