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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks

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Phoenix Suns
at

Milwaukee Bucks
29-12 16-25
6:00 PM Mountain / 8:00 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Mo Williams
Raja Bell SG Michael Redd
Grant Hill SF Bobby Simmons
Shawn Marion PF Yi Jianlian
Amare Stoudemire C Andrew Bogut

The Suns open a four-game road trip tonight against a Milwaukee Bucks team they beat at home 10 days ago. The Suns won that game by a free throw-padded margin of 8. They got 35 points from Steve Nash, 31 points from Amare Stoudemire, and a nice, efficient 21-point, 11-rebound double-double out of Boris Diaw. Safe to say, it took everything the Suns had that night to win. Of course, they'll have a few more things tonight that they didn't have then. They'll have Grant Hill back in the starting lineup. They'll have Shawn Marion healthier than he was 10 days ago, when he was fresh off of an elbow injury that cost him a game. It sounds like they'll also have D.J. Strawberry, whose energy and hustle have earned him a spot in the rotation, according to Mike D'Antoni's latest interview on KTAR (about 5:40 in):

"He does all the little things. He goes for offensive rebounds, he goes after every ball, defensively he's really engaged as a teammate...He helps our collective psyche out on the floor."
He goes on to say the plan is for D.J. to continue getting "enough minutes to stay engaged", even with Grant Hill coming back into the lineup. Of course, that was the plan for Marcus Banks a few weeks ago too. D.J. will have to keep earning it if he wants to stay in there.

Live blogging starts at tipoff. Brew Hoop has your preview from the Bucks fan's side.

Here is a highlight from the previous meeting between the Suns and the Bucks (hat tip to jkalldaway at Phxsuns.net):