What We Learned About Phoenix Suns During Season's First Half

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What We Learned About Phoenix Suns During Season's First Half
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Exactly halfway through the 2013-14 NBA regular season, the Phoenix Suns are tenaciously fighting for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference.

That statement might have sounded absurd just three months ago. After all, this was the year the Suns were expected to "tank." Incoming point guard Eric Bledsoe showed promise, but after gutting the roster of veterans such as Jared Dudley, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat, few people expected the Suns to exceed 24 wins.

Not even the team's marketing department realistically expected a playoff berth. The current season's slogan of "Ignite the Future" was an obvious attempt to bring hope and optimism to the fans without guaranteeing immediate success. 

But as of today, the Suns have a 24-17 record. They have emerged as the underdog story of the NBA, and it has been a long time since a team of washed-up veterans, prospects, nobodies and misfits has achieved so much. 

Of course, there are still 41 games to go. And with Eric Bledsoe out with an injury, there is plenty of time for the Suns to lose their playoff spot.

But for now, let's focus on what went well in the first half. How exactly did the Suns get to this point? And what did we learn in the first half of the season? 

 

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