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Open Gameday Thread: Suns at Pacers

Phoenix Suns

Indiana Pacers
3-1 1-1
5:00 PM Mountain / 7:00 PM Eastern
TV:  MY45, FSIN, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Terrance Jerod "T.J." Ford
Raja Bell SG Marquis "Quis" Daniels
Matt Barnes
SF Danny "Toofless" Granger
Amar'e Stoudemire PF Troy "Horse" Murphy
Shaq C Jeff Foster

Stop #2 on the Suns' four-game road trip matches the Suns against the Indiana Pacers in the first meeting between the two teams this season. I could tell you about last season, but that was last season and why would that matter to the Pacers, having traded oft-injured but wildly talented Jermaine O'Neal for oft-injured but wildly talented TJ Ford.

What the Pacers lack in talent and leadership (now with Donnie Walsh gone), they make up in enthusiasm.  Their only loss came at the hands of a vintage (pre-AI) Detriot squad.  Their only win was a 95-79 stunner giving the defending champion Boston Celtics their first loss of the season.  Sorry, Celtics fans, 82-0 will not happen this year.  

The newly minted "60 Million Dollar Man" Danny Granger, 6-9 SF, followed up his contract with a loose-ball scuffle with Paul Pierce that made Granger look like a jigsaw puzzle with a couple pieces gone, mainly his two front teef.  Starting Center Rasho "Shofty" Nesterovic may be out due to ankle injury.

It's hard to say how dangerous they are after going 1-1 with Detroit and Boston, but they seem to be fairly energized out of the gate and will not be patsies tonight.

This should be a good time to get an early look at Brandon Rush, the guy some of us wanted the Suns to get in the draft, but wasn't available at 15.

Check out the Pacers' Season Preview here at Slam Online.

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