NBA: Suns face best in the West

The Suns (35-25) welcome the first-place Oklahoma City Thunder (46-15) to Phoenix on Thursday night in a potential first round playoff matchup.

The Suns fell behind by a lot on Tuesday to the Clippers before mounting a great comeback, yet still fell just short at the end losing 104-96.

OKC comes in on a three-game winning streak, as they finally have things clicking again following Russell Westbrook’s return (out for 27 games), and they are seeking their 12th straight win against the Suns.

On Tuesday, Westbrook had a triple-double while playing just 21 minutes. Kevin Durant scored 42 points and had 9 rebounds in that game as well, collectively leading the Thunder to a 125-92 victory over Philadelphia.

Goran Dragic has been playing exceptionally well in the past few months and he will receive some added star power with Eric Bledsoe returning in the next week. Coach Jeff Hornacek is pointing at either the game against Golden State on Sunday or the game against the Clippers on Monday as his potential return game.

Miles Plumlee (knee) will not be available for the game, expect rookie Alex Len to start. Len made his first career NBA start on Tuesday, posting 6 points and 6 rebounds.

The Suns and Thunder tip off at 7:00 p.m. at US Airways Center Thursday night.

You can contact Brendan Kennealy through email Brendan.kennealy@asu.edu and/or via Twitter @BrendanKennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan is a sophomore and is currently studying journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up a fan of the Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, and the California Golden Bears. His favorite player growing up was ASU alum Barry Bonds. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @TheBKing4

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