You can't blame the Phoenix Suns for wanting to get to the actual basketball as soon as possible. This offseason is one the team would probably like to put behind them. And with all of the turmoil and roster change, Phoenix's chances of making the playoffs are a question mark.
The release of the 2015-16 NBA schedule is a start toward answering that question. There are plenty of games against old rivals and former teams on the slate for the Suns, and here are five that you're not going to want to miss.
Friday, November 6 -- vs. Pistons (9:30 p.m. ET)
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The scheduling computer in the league office must have a sense of humor, as Marcus Morris makes his return to Phoenix in the Suns' sixth game of the season. There was a time when this would have been billed as a matchup of twin against twin, but that's looking pretty unlikely these days.
Monday, December 14 -- @ Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET, NBATV)
Phoenix gets 13 games on national television in 2015-16, mostly on NBATV. And several of those games could make or break the Suns' playoff chances, such as this one. It's going to be a battle between the likes of Phoenix, Dallas and the Utah Jazz for the final postseason spot -- or spots -- in the Western Conference, and one bad night could prove disastrous for one of these teams.
Thursday, January 21 -- vs. Spurs (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
LaMarcus Aldridge was the one who got away this summer for Phoenix, and the Suns get four chances to see him on the other side of the court next season. The first two are on the road, but this nationally televised affair will be Aldridge's first trip to Phoenix as a member of the Spurs. The reception should be interesting.
Thursday, March 17 -- @ Jazz (9:00 p.m. ET, NBATV)
This will be the seventh road game for the Suns out of nine, with a trip to Los Angeles the next day. Phoenix could be battered and beaten this late in the season, even after the All-Star break in February. If the playoff battle does include the Suns and Jazz in the last month of the season, this game stands to be pivotal.
TBD -- vs. Markieff Morris (pending a possible trade)
Call this a cop-out if you must, but if Phoenix trades Morris -- as he's reportedly demanded -- then his first game back in Arizona will be the absolute definition of "must-see."
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