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Locked On Suns Thursday: Checking in on where Phoenix stands in the Western Conference playoff race amid a drought

The Suns are now on the outside looking in, but this is going to be a tight battle throughout the season.

Following the Suns’ hot start, regression to the mean has sunk the ship a bit. However, that doesn’t mean Phoenix is nosediving to the Western Conference basement. The rest of the teams are bad enough that the Suns have stayed right in it.

They are clustered with the Thunder, Kings, Trail Blazers, and Spurs for two playoff spots.

What needs to happen for Phoenix to stay afloat, and who are the contenders and pretenders in this battle for the bottom two seeds?

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