The Phoenix Suns were the hottest team in the NBA bubble, completing an 8-0 run through their final regular season games with a win over the Mavericks on Thursday.
After the game, the fate of the Suns was out of their hands, with the outcome of the Blazers game against the Nets ultimately deciding their fate.
Head coach Monty Williams gave his players an inspiring speech after their game, saying that regardless of what happened, they had earned the respect of the NBA.
“It has been cool for me to be with y’all every day,” Williams said. “To watch you guys work and battle and gain the respect of your peers the way you have on this trip. We’re not the Suns of old. You’ve been through a lot. You’ve been through a lot. And it’s hard to play the way you’ve played every single night, and not get the respect that you deserve. Guess what, you got it.”
The Suns may have missed out on the playoffs, but they certainly proved they’re a team to watch out for next season.
It’s been a long time since the Suns have been talked about in a positive light.