An eight-point, four-rebound game used to be a fine night for Marcin Gortat.

Playing beyond everyone's expectations was the fun part for Gortat. Now the grind of living up to expectations becomes the job.

The Suns center won't relax his expectations, which go beyond how far he has come in 15 months in Phoenix. That is why a rare off-night like Monday's loss to Minnesota eats at him. Gortat had not posted fewer points, rebounds or minutes in a game since Jan. 2, when he had a splint on a broken thumb.