PHOENIX -- Alvin Gentry's team-survival recipe has three key ingredients.
Delivered in Gentry's descending line of progression -- if not order of importance -- these are items are (1) avoidance of fragmentation, (2) continued hard work and (3) belief in yourself.
Stir those together and you have... well, we're not sure exactly what the Phoenix Suns are capable of cooking up if things go really well.
But Gentry, the coach of a team that absorbed a 92-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at U.S. Airways on Sunday, is hoping to sidestep a season of greater calamity.
"We're in a bad situation," Gentry said. "We're in a bad spot right now."
Now 12-23, the Suns -- who were 15-20 through 35 games last season and stuck on 1,999 wins in franchise history -- will hit the road on a journey that seems limited to going one of two ways.
"The road is supposed to bring you together, bond you," Suns swingman Jared Dudley said. "But against these good teams it could break you."
After checking in a...