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Gameday Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic

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Phoenix Suns

Orlando Magic
11-4 14-3
7:00 PM Mountain / 9:00 PM Eastern
TV: FSN AZ HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Jameer Nelson
Raja Bell SG Keith Bogans
Grant Hill SF Hedo Turkoglu
Shawn Marion PF Rashard Lewis
Amare Stoudemire C Dwight Howard

The Suns get a rematch with the Orlando Magic tonight at the US Airways Center. The Suns will be looking to end a two-game losing skid, while the Magic will try to extend a four-game winning streak. For the Magic's side of the story, visit Third Quarter Collapse.

It's been about three weeks since the Suns' previous meeting with the Magic, which ended in a 10-point road win for the Suns. As always when these two teams meet, the matchup to watch features Amare Stoudemire versus Dwight Howard. Howard won that matchup last time, but his 33 points and 18 rebounds were trumped by Leandro Barbosa's career high 39. Raja Bell missed that game with an ankle injury, and this time he may miss again with a back injury. LB is coming off an ugly 2-11 shooting night, so it would seem he's just about due for another big breakout. Still, I think the key for this game is Amare. So, here's a bit of inspiration for him from our "Amare Day" feature this past summer:

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