For the Phoenix Suns, Monday's meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers marked a tough test to try to get the franchise back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
After a surprising start to the season, the Suns have faltered and slipped out of the playoff spots, looking up at the streaking Memphis Grizzlies. If Phoenix was to get back into the thick of things, it would take a huge effort against a very solid Clippers squad.
Los Angeles came into the contest having won its last seven games and eight of its last 10, making it an uphill climb for a squad on the ropes.
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