Just two years ago, the Phoenix Suns were a surprising 48-win team that looked to be on the rise in the Western Conference. Now the Suns are 12-20 and the job of head coach Jeff Hornacek is “under immediate threat,” according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Phoenix has lost four games in a row and six of seven, and things reached a low point on Saturday night in an embarrassing home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. It was the Sixers’ second win of the season and first on the road.
Making matters worse, Eric Bledsoe left the game with a left knee injury and is expected to miss “extended time” with what appears to be some kind of meniscus damage.
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Suns owner Robert Sarver and general manager Ryan McDonough held individual meetings with players on Sunday to try to figure out why things have gone so poorly.
The Suns came into the year with heightened expectations following a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, with Tyson Chandler on board and Brandon Knight inked to a new long-term deal. While Phoenix is just two games out of a playoff spot despite the poor play, the season has been trending downhill for quite some time.
The year has been marred by late-game collapses, an injury to Chandler and the ugly Markieff Morris situation. There’s still some intriguing talent on the roster, but the Bledsoe injury is a major setback to turning things around, and Hornacek may wind up being the scapegoat for the disappointing performance.