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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Phoenix Suns

Minnesota Timberwolves
27-12 5-32
7:00 PM Mountain / 9:00 PM Eastern
TV: FSN AZ HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Sebastian Telfair
Raja Bell SG Marko Jaric
Shawn Marion SF Rashad McCants
Boris Diaw PF Ryan Gomes
Amare Stoudemire C Al Jefferson

As nice as it was to get a win over the Lakers last night, in the words of Shawn Marion:

"This win won't mean nothing if we don't go out and win tomorrow."
In other words, let's don't have a repeat of what happened last time the Suns faced the Timberwolves.

As I'm sure you have not forgotten, the Suns came into Minnesota at the end of a long road trip in December, and laid an ostrich-sized egg. Tired legs no doubt played a role, but it was the 19 offensive rebounds allowed by the Suns that did them in more than anything else. Al Jefferson went off for 32 points and 20 rebounds, and the Timberwolves as a team out-rebounded the Suns 55-33. The Suns only lost the game by seven points, so you'd have to think with a bit better work on the boards, this would have been in the win column, and the Lakers would not have enjoyed a couple of days at the top of the West standings. Of course, rebounding woes is a recurring theme this season, as it has been for the past three years. So, maybe another key is just to shoot better than the 46% they managed that night. Either or both should help tremendously.

As usual, live blogging will start in the comments of this post at tipoff.

Some highlights from last February:

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