|12:30 PM Mountain / 2:30 PM Eastern|
|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:
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.
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From the paper of record:
Live blogging is a go. Check the comments of this post after tipoff.