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To Reserve or Not To Reserve

I put a poll up about this topic this morning but wanted to flesh out the question a bit.  The poll question is:

Should the Suns start playing more reserves even if it means they'll lose more games?

There seem to be two scenarios that can play out over the next 30 games or so.

  1. The Suns can keep playing how they are by playing a 7-8 man rotation and probably win about 85-90% of their games; or
  2. The Suns can start resting their star players a bit more with the plan that they want to see if their reserves (meaning James Jones, Jumaine Jones, Jalen Rose and Marcus Banks) can pick up the pace and provide a better jump-start off the bench come playoff time.
I voted for the first option after I put up the poll.  Home-court advantage is huge in the Western Conference and getting second place in the conference as opposed to first could mean facing the Lakers/Utah/Spurs in the second round as opposed to the Nuggets or Timberwolves.  That's a scary proposition - at least for me.  It's not that I don't think the Suns can't beat any of those teams in a 7-game series.  But we saw what happened when the Suns took 3 series to the very end last year.  Injuries started taking place and the stars were just too tired to carry the team any longer.

But I can see the argument for the other side as well.  Hence, the reason I put up the question.

Let me know what your thoughts are on it below.  There isn't a right or wrong answer.  But I'm curious to see what people think.

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