Mikal Bridges of Phoenix Suns, left, is congratulated by Chris Paul, right, during the extension of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Aaron Gash)
A ten-year playoff drought is over for the Phoenix Suns.
After taking out the Clippers on Wednesday night, the Suns have a top-six seed in the Western Conference. Not only that, but the suns seem eager to chase seed # 1.
With the victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday, they took over the first place in the West and own the tiebreaker on the Jazz. But unfortunately for Phoenix, Utah took another victory on Saturday – the Suns’ day off – to reclaim first place in the conference.
It remains a tough battle for the top four seeds and the Clippers have a lot of motivation this year after a disappointing end to 2019-20.
The Denver Nuggets, despite losing to Jamal Murray for the year, are still hanging behind MVP candidate Nikola Jokic and an improving Michael Porter Jr.
For now, let’s leave out the potential playoff matchups – there’s still the play-in tournament for the 7-10 seeds that will change that anyway – and keep the focus on the first through fourth seeds, where there is a close grouping of teams. squeeze for post-season positioning.