The Phoenix Suns hope a day off to recover mentally and physically - as well as a return home - can kickstart one final push for the playoffs.
The Suns are coming off probably their worst performance of an otherwise solid run since the All-Star break, but their aging veterans could be back near full strength Monday night for a matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Phoenix (31-29) is ninth in the Western Conference and trails Houston by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot. To even be in the postseason chase at this point might not have been expected of a team which had the West's third-worst record two months ago at 12-19.
"Here we are and we are not out of it," said Steve Nash, whose Suns are 17-9 since All-Star weekend. "We have got to drive on it and enjoy it and see what we can do."
Five of Phoenix's final six games are at US Airways Center, but Portland (28-33) is its only remaining opponent which doesn't have a winning record. The Suns have won 10 of 12 at hom...