Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/19/12
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PHOENIX -- It had been established that the Phoenix Suns' hopeful skip toward a playoff seed included a season-closing schedule with more potential danger than Dorothy's commute back to Kansas. Thunder and Clippers and Nuggets and Jazz and Spurs ... oh, my! Without a good witch riding shotgun during this perilous journey, Wednesday's encounter with Oklahoma City pushed the Suns a bit off the road. The seemingly-requisite bricks were supplied by a Phoenix offense that managed to shoot a measly 41 percent from the field in this 109-97 loss to the mighty Thunder. Still scuffling with four other teams looking for a way into the postseason, the Suns now check in as the Western Conference's ninth seed. The Utah Jazz ripped the reeling Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday to move past Phoenix and into eighth. The Denver Nuggets fell to the L.A. Clippers and now sit in seventh. The Dallas Mavericks knocked off the Houston Rockets to claim sixth, with the losers dropping to a tie-breaker-i...
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