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Phoenix Suns hit the road, likely to extend 15-game road losing streak

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Lest you worry that the Phoenix Suns have found the winning formula and will pull themselves out of the basement of the Western Conference, one look at the upcoming schedule should ease your fears.

While the Suns broke their 13-game overall losing streak and 8-game home losing streak on Saturday in their win over the Grizzlies, their 15-game road losing remains entirely intact.

The Suns have not won a road game since Mirza Teletovic hit that buzzer-beating putback against the Chicago Bulls THREE MONTHS AGO.

After that win, the Suns were 9-13 and hoping that Mirza had broken their late-game disaster streak. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Now, the Suns limp into March with a schedule mostly full of road games. The road has not been kind to the Suns this year, highlighted by their current 15-game losing streak away from the relatively friendly confines of the Valley. And the roadies haven't even been that close. The Suns have lost 10 road games in 2016 by margins of 40, 13, 18, 22, 10, 30, 14, 19, 20 and 23.

March boasts 11 more road games vs. only 5 home games. The franchise's longest road losing streak is 17 games. A quick look at this upcoming schedule should suggest the Suns might set a new franchise record by Friday.

Suns-March-schedule

As has been the case for a while now, it's time to embrace the tank and spend the next six weeks just focusing on the Suns' young players who've been able to stay healthy. Alex Len, Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin are getting bigger and bigger roles. Soon, Brandon Knight will return as well.

The Suns went 1-9 in February (0-1 on the road, 1-8 at home) and would be lucky to gather more than 1 win in all of March. Maybe the home Laker game? Maybe the home Wolves game?

Which road game are the Suns most likely to win? Maybe at the Nuggets or Lakers. Both of those teams are tanking hard right now too.

Meanwhile, the Suns will face a few more of their former players this month. They go to Miami to face Goran Dragic, Gerald Green and Amar'e Stoudemire later this week. Golden State has a handful of former Suns throughout their organization. And of course there's the home game against Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics. All of those organizations are prepping for deep playoff runs in April and May, while the Suns will be prepping for pre-draft workouts.