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Suns Hold Steady in Current NBA Power Rankings

Jan 14, 2024; Portland, Oregon, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen (8) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Kris Murray (8) as Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) watches on in the first quarter at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

In this week’s NBA Power Rankings by John Schuhmann, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in a familiar spot after a couple of losses and a couple of wins.

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While the Suns are 7-3 over their last 10 games, there is still a level of inconsistency that has prevented Phoenix from really taking off. 4th quarter collapses have particularly been extra hurtful, with a big one coming against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 7th.

On a positive note, the Suns’ key players—Booker, Durant, and Beal—have been injury-free over the past four games, marking the first time this season they’re expected to play consistently.

Schuhmann, ranking the Suns 14th in the NBA Power Rankings, noted, “Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant have played in four straight games together, but while the numbers have been great with all three on the floor, quality wins remain hard to come by for the Suns.”

At the top of the power rankings remain the Oklahoma City Thunder, who hold the 3rd-best record in the NBA. It should be pointed out that these rankings were created before they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Following the Thunder, the Celtics claim the #2 spot, with the Nuggets at #3, Timberwolves at #4, and Clippers at #5.

Jumping the most and now breathing down the Suns neck are the Utah Jazz. The Jazz, ranked 15th, have won six in a row and are just .5 games behind Phoenix in the Western Conference standings.

The Suns are 2-0 against the Jazz this season, winning both games by three points.

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