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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Seattle Supersonics

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Phoenix Suns

Seattle Supersonics
22-9 9-22
8:30 PM Mountain / 10:30 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, TNT
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Earl Watson
Raja Bell SG Kevin Durant
Grant Hill SF Chris Wilcox
Shawn Marion PF Jeff Green
Amare Stoudemire C Kurt Thomas

It's retro night for the Suns broadcast, which is too bad for remote fans such as myself. In honor of the Suns' 40th anniversary, fans local to Phoenix will be treated to some special effects on the My45 broadcast that will give the appearance of Suns' broadcasts through the years. Al McCoy will even do a bit on TV, making this a double-bummer for those of us living outside of Phoenix. We'll have to make do with the TNT guys. (Now really, couldn't the NBA have done a TNT broadcast on a different Suns-Seattle game? How much fun that "through the years" thing would have been both to watch and to write about! Oh well, at least I can console myself with the knowledge that League Pass probably would have used the Seattle announcers anyway, since they seem to favor FSN broadcasts over all others. End rant.)

As for the game itself, it sounds like Kevin Durant will be back in the lineup, and Chris Wilcox might be too. Luke Ridnour is making his first appearance since Christmas. Seems like everyone wants to play the Suns. This will also be the first time the Suns will face Kurt Thomas since trading him for luxury tax avoidance over the summer. AZ Republic's Paul Coro thinks Brian Skinner's presence will cut down on the "teeth-gnashing and heckles".

Live blogging starts at tipoff. Today's YouTube is short and sweet--the first two points of the Suns' franchise:

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