PHOENIX - Don't look now, but the Phoenix Suns are in third place in the Western Conference, just a game behind the conference leading San Antonio Spurs.
Oklahoma City sits a half game back of the Spurs, while the Suns are a half game behind the Thunder at 5-2.
What makes this even more significant and interesting is the fact that the Suns played both San Antonio and OKC tough on the road last week, losing to the Thunder by seven 103-96 and to the Spurs by three 99-96.
When you consider the fact that the experts in Las Vegas were giving the Suns about 20 wins this season, it's an even more impressive start to the season. Add in the fact that new head coach Jeff Hornacek doesn't have a single All-Star on his roster, and the former Suns star is looking even better.
When he arrived, Hornacek believed he could improve the win-loss record just through coaching and discipline, but no one would have envisioned this kind of start, perhaps not even Hornacek!
In their most recent game, the Suns dispatched the New Orleans Pelicans by seven, 101-94 at U.S. Airways Center, making Hornacek the first coach in Suns franchise history to win his first four home games.
Eric Bledsoe has become a shining star in the line-up, while Miles Plumlee is making the Suns coaching staff look like geniuses.
In their next four games, the Suns play Portland, Brooklyn and two against Sacramento. Brooklyn is in last place in the Eastern Conference, while Sacramento is currently second to last in the West, clearly a chance for the Suns to improve to 9-2 on the early season and give Suns fans a great shot of encouragement and hope for a season that many of us thought would be a throw-away!