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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Hornets

Phoenix Suns

New Orleans Hornets
39-18 37-18
6:00 PM Mountain / 8:00 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Chris Paul
Raja Bell SG Morris Peterson
Grant Hill SF Peja Stojakovic
Amare Stoudemire PF David West
Shaquille O'Neal C Tyson Chandler

The Suns visit the Hornets tonight on the second of a back-to-back. After losing the first three meetings this season, will the fourth time be the charm? The Hornets have been in a bit of a slump lately, and are currently on a three-game losing streak. On one hand, that may mean we're catching them at a good time. On the other, it means they'll be motivated and ready to take out their frustrations on a team they've (let's face it) pretty much owned this season. Of course, the Suns have one big piece they didn't have in the previous encounters--the Big Cactus himself. But I say this game comes down to Steve Nash shaking off last night's heavy minutes and finding a way to get it done against Chris Paul. In other words, no dubious triple-doubles this time.

Update [2008-2-27 12:59:23 by srp]:

Bench Nash

Ok, not really. But after his 40 minute night last night and facing a guy that seems to have his number, I would love to see the Suns run the offense through Grant and Boris more and play Nash off the ball. I would actually love to see Steve get about 25 minutes and see what DJ can do playing D on CP3 for serious minutes. I don't think the Hornets are deep and balanced enough to beat the Suns without 25 and 10 from Paul. I do think the Suns can win without that kind of performance from Nash.

I am not holding my breath of course, since Coach D has never shown any inclination of adjusting to the other team's strengths and he certainly isn't about to stop riding Nash's back now. I just hope he doesn't ride him into the ground and this would be a great night to switch things up a bit.

And lastly, lest we forget we were 0-3 against the Jazz last year before we went into their building late last year and ran them off the court. Just saying.

Live blogging begins at tipoff in the comments of this post. talks some trash about the Suns previews the game from the Hornet fan's perspective.

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