For at least half of Monday night's game in Dallas, it looked like the Suns could finish a daunting five-city road trip with more wins than losses. With Dirk Nowitzki in street clothes due to a knee injury, it seemed a perfect opportunity to topple the defending champion Mavericks.
After trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Suns climbed back to within striking distance. That effort ultimately was not quite good enough, though, as the Suns lost 93-87, punctuating the road trip with a result fitting of the team's current condition.
"We tried to get this one," forward Markieff Morris said on FOX Sports Arizona's postgame show. "We needed this momentum go back home, but weve got another game tomorrow."
At 6-10 after going 2-3 over that last nine days, the Suns remain in limbo; not quite good enough to contend and not quite bad enough for the cellar of the Western Conference. It's a kind of basketball purgatory that frustrates fans just as much as it fuels specula...