The Phoenix Suns are the first team in NBA history to win their last eight games of the regular season and not make the playoffs.
The exciting run to the 8th seed is over, before it started the likelihood that the Suns would make the play-in game was very slim.
When it was all said and done the finishing margin to making it in the play-in game was one point. After the second surprise team in the bubble the Brooklyn Nets took on the surging Portland Trailblazers and gave them all they could handle, pushing to the last play of the game and falling short 134-133.
Although Brooklyn was already a playoff team in the East and had nothing to play for, they came out to prove that their 5-2 record in the restart was not luck.
As the Suns watched this game it had to be the most anxiety filled two and half hours of their lives, and it came down to one possession and the ball inn the Nets hands to send the Suns into the play-in game vs the Memphis Grizzlies.
Nets forward Caris LeVert was a hand full for the Blazers as he hit them up for an impressive 37 points nine assist. If he had done what he had done the entire game in that final attempt, the outcome for the Suns fate would have been different.
Coming into this restart the all important question regarding the Suns expectations was asked, and the best answer to the question was simply go and get respect.
The Phoenix Suns have done that and more, as the were recipients of many awards at the end of the 8th seed play-in run.
Including Head coach Monty Williams as the best coach of the seeding games, and if not for a hot Damian Lillard of the Blazers putting up crazy numbers Devin Booker would have been MVP.
Booker did however make the Kia NBA All-Seeding game First team, after averaging 30 plus per game and some exciting plays along the way including a thrilling game winning shot to beat the second seeded LA Clippers.
The fanbase back home in the Valley were proud of this young team, and many could see the future change right before their eyes as this team shocked the world. The Suns returned home to a warm welcome from its faithful fans.
The only thing hotter than the Suns in the bubble? The weather in Phoenix.
Welcome home 💜🧡 pic.twitter.com/T0osYNHIYi
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 16, 2020
The future looks bright for the men inn Orange and the moves going forward will be very important to continuing this progress. From the NBA Lottery to the start of Free agency, the Suns could be one or two moves away from actually being in the mix next year in the west.
A note from us pic.twitter.com/x2ZbVMcYgi
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 14, 2020