Suns treading water in thick playoff race

By Randy Hill
Feb. 18, 2011

The only uniformed Phoenix Suns employee participating in the NBA’s glorious All-Star Weekend is The Gorilla.

And he’s earned it.

Although Steve Nash seemed like a reasonable candidate for All-Star inclusion, this general absence of league-celebrated skill defines the Suns’ current playoff-chasing predicament. With Thursday’s getaway home loss to the Dallas Mavericks added to its ledger, Phoenix sits at a mediocre .500 for the season. With a few days of R-and-R ahead, the Suns are 2 1/2 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz in a battle for the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.

“I think we’re playing hard . . . I think we’re inconsistent,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said when asked to assess his team going into the break. “I think that’s the thing that will hurt us the most.”

Right, the Suns have been consistently inconsistent all the way to the break, which