With a lot of stars not playing, either because of injury or some much needed rest, some teams have begun to cool down a bit. The Lakers have been missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis for a while now. This has dropped them from the second seed all the way to the fifth. The Milwaukee Bucks have also been resting a lot of their starters. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league’s MVP for the last two years, hasn’t played for over a week.
Teams understand that the regular season is coming to a close, and it’s time to make sure their best players are healthy and ready to play in the playoffs.
One team that hasn’t done that, though, is the Phoenix Suns. This has allowed them to climb all the way to the second seed, just three games behind the top seeded Utah Jazz. The Suns have been listed on NBA.com as first in this week’s power rankings.
Chris Paul seems to have the magic touch. Wherever he goes, that team instantly becomes better. Last year, the Suns just missed out on their chance of making it to the playoffs. This year, with Paul, they are pushing to be the favorites to come out of the West.