Basketball Jonesin'

The outlook for the Suns this season isn’t great among sports analysts. Most see our team finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference, and it’s hard to find any magazine or website that even counts the Suns as major playoffs contenders. As the Suns prepare for their seventh game of the season, in which they’ll to take on the Portland Trailblazers — a team they lost to in three out of four meetings last year — their prospects seem even more bleak.

But fear not! While many teams scrambled to craft new teams during December’s free agent shenanigans, the Suns stayed steady. Having all five of their starters and a system that most of the players have run with for at least a couple of seasons should help when facing a younger, more novice Portland team.

Fri., Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m., 2012