PHOENIX -- With about seven weeks separating us from the third Phoenix Suns-free playoff experience in a row, the Denver Nuggets rolled into U.S. Airways Center.
Like the Suns, the Nuggets don't have any current All-Stars or anyone truly deserving the tricky-to-define label of go-to player.
But after Monday's 108-93 victory, the Nuggets are (43-22) and have won nine games in a row. Currently registered as having the NBA's sixth-best record, the Nuggets are the Western Conference's five seed.
They're third in the league in scoring, second in pace and sixth in offensive efficiency.
But are they elite? Or are they, at least, at a level the Suns are -- or should be -- hoping to reach? Either way, as aspirations go, it's not a bad restarting point.
"We don't have a dominant scorer... they don't have a dominant scorer, but still they've figured out a great balance for them offensively and defensively and it work for them," Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter said of the Nuggets. "I do...