2012 NBA schedule: Suns looks to get back on track with visits to Cleveland, Detroit

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Suns have road games against two mediocre teams coming up as they look to get back to the .500 mark on the season.

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:


Suns Schedule

Golden State Wed 10/31 L 85 - 87
Detroit Fri 11/02 W 92 - 89
@ Orlando Sun 11/04 L 94 - 115
@ Miami Mon 11/05 L 99 - 124
@ Charlotte Wed 11/07 W 117 - 110
Cleveland Fri 11/09 W 107 - 105
@ Utah Sat 11/10 L 81 - 94
Denver Mon 11/12 W 110 - 100
Chicago Wed 11/14 L 106 - 112
@ Los Angeles Lakers Fri 11/16 L 102 - 114
Miami Sat 11/17 L 88 - 97
Portland Wed 11/21 W 114 - 87
New Orleans Fri 11/23 W 111 - 108
@ Philadelphia Sun 11/25 L 101 - 104
@ Cleveland Tue 11/27 5:00 PM MST
@ Detroit Wed 11/28 5:30 PM MST
@ Toronto Fri 11/30 5:00 PM MST
@ New York Sun 12/02 10:00 AM MST
@ Memphis Tue 12/04 6:00 PM MST
Dallas Thu 12/06 8:30 PM MST
@ Los Angeles Clippers Sat 12/08 1:30 PM MST
Orlando Sun 12/09 6:00 PM MST
Memphis Wed 12/12 7:00 PM MST
Utah Fri 12/14 7:00 PM MST
Sacramento Mon 12/17 7:00 PM MST
Charlotte Wed 12/19 7:00 PM MST
@ Portland Sat 12/22 8:00 PM MST
Los Angeles Clippers Sun 12/23 6:00 PM MST
New York Wed 12/26 7:00 PM MST
@ Indiana Fri 12/28 5:00 PM MST
@ Minnesota Sat 12/29 6:00 PM MST
@ Oklahoma City Mon 12/31 6:00 PM MST
Philadelphia Wed 01/02 7:00 PM MST
Utah Fri 01/04 7:00 PM MST
Memphis Sun 01/06 6:00 PM MST
@ Milwaukee Tue 01/08 6:00 PM MST
@ Boston Wed 01/09 5:30 PM MST
@ Brooklyn Fri 01/11 5:30 PM MST
@ Chicago Sat 01/12 6:00 PM MST
Oklahoma City Mon 01/14 7:00 PM MST
Milwaukee Thu 01/17 7:00 PM MST
@ Sacramento Wed 01/23 8:00 PM MST
Los Angeles Clippers Thu 01/24 8:30 PM MST
@ San Antonio Sat 01/26 6:30 PM MST
@ Dallas Sun 01/27 5:30 PM MST
Los Angeles Lakers Wed 01/30 8:30 PM MST
Dallas Fri 02/01 7:00 PM MST
@ Golden State Sat 02/02 8:30 PM MST
@ Memphis Tue 02/05 6:00 PM MST
@ New Orleans Wed 02/06 6:00 PM MST
@ Oklahoma City Fri 02/08 6:00 PM MST
Oklahoma City Sun 02/10 6:00 PM MST
@ Los Angeles Lakers Tue 02/12 8:30 PM MST
@ Portland Tue 02/19 8:00 PM MST
@ Golden State Wed 02/20 8:30 PM MST
Boston Fri 02/22 7:00 PM MST
San Antonio Sun 02/24 6:00 PM MST
Minnesota Tue 02/26 7:00 PM MST
@ San Antonio Wed 02/27 6:30 PM MST
Atlanta Fri 03/01 7:00 PM MST
Toronto Wed 03/06 7:00 PM MST
@ Sacramento Fri 03/08 8:00 PM MST
Houston Sat 03/09 7:00 PM MST
Denver Mon 03/11 7:00 PM MST
@ Houston Wed 03/13 5:00 PM MST
@ Atlanta Fri 03/15 4:30 PM MST
@ Washington Sat 03/16 4:00 PM MST
Los Angeles Lakers Mon 03/18 7:00 PM MST
Washington Wed 03/20 7:00 PM MST
Minnesota Fri 03/22 7:00 PM MST
Brooklyn Sun 03/24 6:00 PM MST
@ Utah Wed 03/27 6:00 PM MST
Sacramento Thu 03/28 7:00 PM MST
Indiana Sat 03/30 7:00 PM MST
@ Los Angeles Clippers Wed 04/03 7:30 PM MST
Golden State Fri 04/05 7:00 PM MST
New Orleans Sun 04/07 6:00 PM MST
@ Houston Tue 04/09 5:00 PM MST
@ Dallas Wed 04/10 5:30 PM MST
@ Minnesota Sat 04/13 5:00 PM MST
Houston Mon 04/15 7:00 PM MST
@ Denver Wed 04/17 5:00 PM MST

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