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Early Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at LA Lakers

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Phoenix Suns
vs.

Los Angeles Lakers
19-8 17-10
3:00 PM Mountain / 5:00 PM Eastern
TV: ABC
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Derek Fisher
Raja Bell SG Kobe Bryant
Grant Hill SF Luke Walton
Shawn Marion PF Lamar Odom
Amare Stoudemire C Andrew Bynum

More travel for me, so I'm creating the game day thread early. Besides, this is another one of those big games that needs multiple days for discussion, right? First things first: The Suns must make a better showing than they did last time they met the Lakers back in November. That shouldn't be a problem--no way the Suns have forgotten the sting of being humiliated on their own floor. They'll no doubt be looking for some payback. Second, like srp pointed out in the comments to last night's recap, the Lakers have looked pretty good so far this year, so there's no excuse to take this team lightly. Third and most important, it's the Lakers on Christmas Day. A victory in this situation would be especially sweet.

As I mentioned above, I am traveling, hence no live blogging during the game. The recap will be delayed as well--I'll write it when I get back home and have had a chance to watch on DVR. The good news is, this should be the last time I have to miss a game for the foreseeable future.

Given the outcome of the earlier game, I'm sad to say the Raja Bell clothesline video has been permanently banned from being the YouTube of the Day for the remainder of the season. Instead, I'll go with Steve Nash and his record-tying 23 assists in the 2007 playoffs. Since he's been on an assist tear of late, this seems especially appropriate.