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Gameday Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks

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Phoenix Suns

New York Knicks
12-4 5-10
5:00 PM Mountain / 7:00 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Stephon Marbury
Raja Bell SG Jamal Crawford
Grant Hill SF Quentin Richardson
Shawn Marion PF Zach Randolph
Amare Stoudemire C Eddy Curry

The Suns open a five-game road trip tonight at Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks for the second time this season. The Knicks are a game removed from being on the receiving end of the Boston Celtics' sixth widest margin of victory ever. This isn't the game immediately after that, but they should still be plenty motivated with that embarrassment still fresh in their minds. They'll also have three weapons they didn't have when they faced the Suns last month in Phoenix: Stephon Marbury, Quentin Richardson, and Zach Randolph. The Suns, meanwhile, will have Raja Bell this time, who sat out the last one with a sore ankle. They'll have reason to be motivated as well, looking to get back their rhythm after a 1-3 week.

Here are some of Turumbar's thoughts from the pre pre-game thread he posted in the diaries at the same time I was writing this (sorry for being slow!):

"Well as long as the glorious Suns play their game and don't come out flat we should have a W. In fact as @ ^ed up as the Knicks are now we have the chance to blow them out in epic fashion, perhaps greater so than what the Celtics visited upon them a few days ago. Nash should be able to abuse their D every possession. Marion and STAT should also own the painted area tonight both on O and D. Not to mention it should be raining from beyond the arc all night long.

I shouldn't get ahead of myself though. Underestimating your opponent can spell disaster, even when they fail at life like the Knicks."

Visit Poasting and Toasting for the view from the other side. In the meantime, here's a look back at what happened the last time the Suns played at the Garden:

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