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National consensus: Phoenix Suns are just getting started

Normally, the stark reality that a team has been eliminated from postseason contention for the fourth straight year would be met with ample pessimism.

That is not the case with the Phoenix Suns, who were beaten by the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night, sealing their fate for another playoff-less campaign. However, national pundits are applauding the Suns for their amazing improvement in 2013-14, a year in which they were projected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Here’s a sampling of what some national basketball analysts are saying about the Suns’ bounce-back campaign.