PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns' eight-game schedule to finish off the regular season has just been released.
The NBA is moving forward with a planned relaunch on July 30, with 22 teams of the league’s 30 teams participating in the conclusion of the season and subsequent postseason based at Orlando’s Wide World of Sports. Fans will not be allowed to watch in person.
The league also announced that the 2020-21 season will begin on December 1.
The good news: Basketball is back!
The bad news: The Suns have a long, improbable road to the playoffs.
The Suns currently sit 6.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who occupy the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
To make the playoffs, the Suns would have to climb into the ninth seed and be within four games of the eighth seed team at the end of the regular season.
Another roadblock for the Suns is that there are three teams between the Suns and Grizzlies in the standings that they’d also have to pass.
If the Suns can pull off the improbable and make the ninth seed, within four games of the eighth seed team, they’d then have to beat the eighth seed team twice in a row to make the NBA playoffs.
Still, it’ll be exciting to watch Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton on the court again and see what we can look forward to next season as the two continue to grow.
Here’s the full eight-game schedule for the Phoenix Suns:
July 31: Suns versus Wizards
August 2: Suns versus Mavs
August 4: Suns versus Clippers
August 6: Suns versus Pacers
August 8: Suns versus Heat
August 10: Suns versus Thunder
August 11: Suns versus 76ers
August 13: Suns versus Mavs
ABC15 will carry three NBA games during the last stretch of the regular season. Those games are:
Sunday, August 2, 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
Sunday, August 2, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. PT Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets
Sunday, August 9, 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans