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The Suns’ rapid narrative switches demonstrate how long the season is

Overreactions to winning and losing don’t always depict who a team is.

Charlotte Hornets v Phoenix Suns Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Despite losing Wednesday’s contest to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Phoenix Suns have started to string together some good basketball. They’ve won four of their last five games and have responded nicely to the fourth-quarter debacle against the Mavericks on Christmas.

Now sitting at 18-16, independent of who is in the lineup, the Suns have some good games to look back at, highlighting the cohesiveness that Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant can play with when they’re all healthy.

How quickly the public discourse changed on Phoenix based on them stringing just four wins in a five-game span highlights how quickly narratives change about teams. Look at this video from Christmas Day.

Less than two weeks ago, it felt like the sky was falling in Arizona. Now, while all is certainly not well in the Valley, and the Suns have much more to do to get back on a championship track, there appears to be much more steadiness.

The NBA Regular Season isn’t the NFL Regular Season. Every game matters, sure, but at the same time, no matter the team, a healthy amount of stinkers and injuries will be a part of a squad’s 82-game schedule. No team can be perfect every game.

Every Suns fan should recognize that the overreactions to the good games and overreactions to the bad games fall into the same sphere. Our society maintains a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week news cycle, and whether it is fair or not, pundits need to have frequent opinions to fill columns and air time.

The internet is not a real place and is filled with people who need to be educated and like to instigate to generate views. The reason why the Suns play better or worse has nothing to do with narratives about them created by the media. They play the way they do because of what happens in the locker room, in team meetings, and at practice.

Kevin Durant is an NBA Legend. When he retires he will go down as a top-20 player of all time and a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. Outside of LeBron James and Steph Curry, he is considered the best player of this generation of the NBA. When he retires, there will never be anyone ever like him. His play is not impacted by what pundits are saying.

Durant’s been in more stressful situations with much more pressure on him to perform at a high level. December and January’s press most definitely doesn’t phase him like NBA Finals fourth quarters do.

A year ago, the Suns were just a game better than they are right now through 34 games. While expectations are heightened and more winning does need to be done, the NBA Regular Season is a long one, filled with too many overreactions to the good and too many overreactions to the bad. The longer it takes to assess a team, the easier it is to determine who they are.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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