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Phoenix Suns
vs.

Portland Trailblazers
8-5 8-5
7:00PM Mountain / 9:00 PM Eastern
TV: FSNAZ HD
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Steve Blake
Raja Bell SG Brandon Roy
Matt Barnes
SF Nick Batum
Amare Stoudemire
PF LaMarcus Aldrigde
The Big Tweet C Joel Przybilla

Official Suns Game Notes

When we last saw the Blazers a few weeks ago they looked like a collection of under 25 all stars fighting for shots and playing time. I felt after watching that team that they were very talented and perhaps too deep with scorers and lacking in scrappy role players.
Since then then have gone 7-3 and impressed some people but during that stretch the only playoff caliber team they managed to beat was the Rockets. And that took some serious last second heroics.
That's not to say that this isn't a team that can easily jump up and bite the Suns in the ass but the Blazers circa Nov 2008 should not be able to come into our house after Friday's beat down and win this game.
Tonight the Gumpy Old Men will teach those young punks who's lawn they need to avoid.

The watch word for tonight's game is Patience. As in:

P – Please don’t turn the ball over +15 times

A – All we need is Amare (get it? All we need is love. All we need is amore. All we need is Amare. Ha!)

T – Time to make those open shots

I – Intensity. In. Tent. City. Play hard but play free

E – Energy. Effort. Elegance.

N – No easy buckets for Roy or Rudy

C – Clean the glass. Big Daddy versus Grandpa Oden and the Vanilla Gorilla.

E – Expect more. Demand better. Live Strong. Play hard. Cliché on.

Mariska Hargatay everyone (from last night's movie with Mrs. Stan)

And finally, enjoy this little bit of victorious celebration as Ben from Blazer's Edge makes good on the bet I suckered him into a few weeks ago.

Thank you Ben for being a good sport. I almost was upset that you didn't use your real face but then I remember that I hide behind a fake identity too. I would like my Matrix jersey back some day though.

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And Suns fans let's hope that some of the hope rubs off on us for a change