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Early Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs

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[Editor's Note: I am posting this early since I may not get a chance to do it tomorrow. Besides, a game like this really needs two days of discussion, right?]


Phoenix Suns
at

San Antonio Spurs
17-7 18-5
6:30 PM Mountain / 8:30 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBATV HighDef
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Tony Parker
Raja Bell SG Michael Finley
Grant Hill SF Bruce Bowen
Shawn Marion PF Tim Duncan
Amare Stoudemire C Fabricio Oberto

On Monday, the best road team in the West will take on the best home team in the West in a battle of last year's "should have been" champions (from the perspective of most Suns fans) versus the official champions. The Spurs have been dealing with injuries to Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of late. Duncan returned in Saturday's win over the Denver Nuggets, but Parker did not. Since I want to see both teams at full strength for this one, I'm going the "positive thinking" route in my projected starting lineups and including Parker, even though he is day-to-day. Despite the injuries, the Spurs have yet to lose at home this season, and are 13-0. The Suns are 10-4 on the road, good for tops in the West and second to Orlando (12-3) for the best road record overall.

I will be at this game, so jasonsuns1 will be live blogging in my place. The recap will be posted Tuesday evening.

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