PHOENIX -- This time, Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry was working on his best deadpan, post-game face.
His post-game faces have been fairly pleasant lately. A coach really can dig deep into the repertoire of positive emotion when his team is rolling. But Sunday night's choice was accompanied by counterfeit, one-word sarcasm.
"Thanks," he said after being reminded of what lies ahead during this week's four-game road trip. More on that soon enough.
Gentry appeared to be in these good-but-pragmatic spirits after a 99-86 triumph over the Houston Rockets at U.S. Airways Center. This one provided further evidence that Phoenix really has demonstrated the unofficial time to rise was immediately after the All-Star break.
For the record, they Suns now are 12 game back of the Rockets for the coveted eighth playoff seed in the mighty Western Conference. It registers as the Suns' ninth victory in 11 games in the aforementioned span. Our roll call of milestones includes their first bump above...