Suns Host Antawn Jamison and Washington Wizards on Saturday

The Dallas Mavericks haven't exactly placed a foot on the Phoenix Suns' throat and stood upright with all of their weight during the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot. See a 119-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 13, a team that the Suns stomped 154-130 on March 15.

So instead of obsessing for hours watching online game casts of Mavericks games or racking your brain with complicated formulas on playoff positioning (by the way, it's really just remedial math that you learned in the fourth grade, you know?) the Suns need to keep feasting on the French pastries like they've been doing. Because, pretty soon, higher-caliber squads like Denver and Utah come a-calling.

On Saturday, the Suns should be all about the oui, oui when they host the hapless Washington Wizards. Plain and simple, the Wizards aren't good right now, winning only three games in the past month. One bright spot in Washington's dismal 16-53 campaign is veteran power forward Antawn Jamison, who is still doing it up like he was at the University of North Carolina 10 years ago. And despite a career that's spanned a decade, Jamison is still setting personal records, nearly averaging a double-double for the season (22 points and 9 rebounds per game).

But that's the only bright spot for a team living the hard-knock life. They've been without Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood all season, and sans Caron Butler this past week because of a hamstring problem. One piece of good news is that Haywood was recently cleared to start practicing, but too little, too late for a team that the Suns stomped 103-87 on January 26 in D.C.

However, the Suns aren't exactly a charmed bunch either as Leandro Barbosa seriously jacked up his knee on Wednesday against Philadelphia. The prognosis for Barbosa's return, at the time of writing, remained unknown, though we know that he's definitely out for Saturday's game. Boo.

Regardless, look for more Phoenix domination when the Suns host the Wizards at US Airways Center on Saturday. The game starts at 7 p.m. Local TV: FSN AZ. Radio: KTAR AM-620.

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Steve Jansen
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