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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors

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Phoenix Suns

Toronto Raptors
18-8 15-13
7:00 PM Mountain / 9:00 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Jose Calderon
Raja Bell SG Anthony Parker
Grant Hill SF Jamario Moon
Shawn Marion PF Chris Bosh
Amare Stoudemire C Rasho Nesterovic

For the first time in what seems like forever, the Suns return to the USAC tonight to play the Toronto Raptors in one of only four home games in December. That alone should make this game exciting for fans in Phoenix. Still, after big games against the Spurs and Mavericks, and with the Christmas Day rematch against the Lakers next on the horizon, this game seems a little anti-climatic to me. That's why I'm hoping for another one of those big scoring nights like we saw on December 6, when the Suns scored a season-high 136 points, in spite of it being the second night of a back-to-back. But there were two seven-footish-sized caveats to that game--neither Chris Bosh nor Andrea Bargnani played due to injuries. This time, both players will be back, which should make the rebounding battle a lot more challenging. T.J. Ford, still consulting with specialists after that scary fall recently, did not make the trip. As for the Suns, the latest word I've seen on Raja Bell (after his ankle injury in the previous game) is a bullet item from the Arizona Republic saying he missed yesterday's practice and his availability for the game will depend on how he feels today.

This YouTube brought us luck last time, so I'm sticking with what works.

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