Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Detroit Pistons


Phoenix Suns
vs.

Detroit Pistons
38-17 40-15
12:30 PM Mountain / 2:30 PM Eastern
TV: ABC
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Chauncey Billups
Raja Bell SG Richard Hamilton
Grant Hill SF Tayshaun Prince
Amare Stoudemire PF Antonio McDyess
Shaquille O'Neal C Rasheed Wallace

Putting up the game thread a little early since we have an afternoon tip-off time. Keeping the preview brief since the hour is late (or early, depending on how you look at it): More of this, please.

OK, a few more points would be nice too.

[Update 11:47 AM MT]: Here is Hawk42's preview from the comments:

The Pistons present unique problems. They are:

Chauncey Billups - he will have his way with Nash. CB is just the kind of burly point guard that gives Steve problems. I would like to see DJ on him for stretches.

Tayshawn Prince - He is one of the few around that is quick enough and long enough to give Grant Hill problems.

Rasheed Wallace - That darned guy always seems to hit a few crucial threes. He is a load down low when he wants to be, and can easily get STAT in foul trouble. The write-up says Shaq is on him, but I won't be surprised if D'A puts the quicker Amare on Rasheed, and Shaq on The Traitor. Ed. The Probable Starters aren't necessarily a matchup of who will guard who. Just taking what's in the official Game Notes.

From a Piston perspective, they have nobody to guard Shaq, and we should take advantage of that. Also, Diaw is a matchup nightmare, and I hope Boris comes out with fire in his belly. Those two players are my keys to the game.

For a view from the Piston's side, visit Pistons Nation.

From the paper of record:

Suns guard Leandro Barbosa is cleared to play today after taking three stitches for a blow above his eye that took him out of Friday's game.

Live blogging is a go. Check the comments of this post after tipoff.

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