Friday night's duel in the desert features two Pacific rivals battling for the third spot in a division which includes the 8-0 Los Angeles Lakers.
The matchup between the Kings and Suns is sure to feature some quality point guard play as two-time league MVP Steve Nash takes on up-and-coming combo guard Tyreke Evans, just one of many pregame storylines.
Both teams enter Friday's matchup at 3-4, and the loser will drop to fourth in the division, likely 5.5 games behind the league-leading Lakers.
Sacramento comes into the game having lost three straight after starting off the season 3-1, they are 2-1 on the road however, so don't count them out.
Surprisingly, Phoenix will tip off with a losing home record at 1-2, the Suns were deadly a season ago on their home court, losing only two playoff games at U.S. Airways Center last postseason.
But, not only is there concern surrounding the new look Suns already this season, adding fuel to the flame are the swirling trade rumors involving 36-year-old Steve Nash.
Nash took questions on the topic at Wednesday's practice and did his best to quiet the conversation. "It's a lot of chatter and nothing substantial," Nash said.
As far as how it impacts his play on the court? "it's not really affecting me," Nash said.
So it would seem as if unless we know something Nash doesn't, he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Another one of the Suns' struggles this season has been their rebounding difficulties. Phoenix has been dominated on the boards in all four of it's losses, an all to common and reoccurring theme for Suns fans.
Nash spoke briefly about their shortcomings on the rebounding front and proposed a simple solution. "Everyone has to take more pride in it," Nash said.
But sometimes effort isn't enough, and if the Suns don't improve their rebounding soon, it might be back to the lottery for Phoenix.
Yet another hot button topic at Wednesday's practice was Hedo Turkoglu and his cohesion with the team, or lack thereof.
Nash explained that Turkoglu is an improving and effective piece, citing that it takes time to mesh with a team as offensively potent as Phoenix, "Hedo is playing well...it's a tough transition for anyone," Nash said.
Still though, through all the dysfunction surrounding the Western Conference runner up, the Suns remain the league's best 3-4 team, and after Friday night, they will hope to take a winning streak on the road with them as they face the Lakers, Heat, and Magic away from home.
Kings-Suns tips off at 9:00 PM EST Friday night at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Patrick Clarke is a student at Towson University and a writing intern for Bleacher Report.
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