The Phoenix Suns will be carrying out the next phase of their six-game road trip this week with back-to-back stops in Cleveland and Detroit after an off-day Monday.
And with those two teams combining for a record of 6-21, it's very possible that the Suns could be back to .500 by the time they roll into Toronto on Friday.
Their first task will be against a Cavaliers team that is currently giving up the second most points per game in the NBA (102.2). Not helping its cause is the fact that the team is without its best player as point guard Kyrie Irving recovers from a fracture in his left index finger. With Irving out of the picture, the Suns only really have to worry about rookie small guard Dion Waiters (14.9 PPG, 2.5 APG). Beyond that, the Cavaliers do not feature any truly scary scoring threats.
After that is a Pistons team who the Suns beat, 92-89, at home back on Nov. 2 for their first win of the 2012-2013 season. Much like the Cavaliers, Detroit has struggled to score for most of this season, but it does have a player that's currently taking his game to the next level. Third-year center Greg Monroe has quietly become one of the most elite big men in the game over the past few weeks, averaging 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals over his last seven games.
Below is the Suns' complete schedule for the 2012-2013 season: