|7:00 PM Pacific / 10:00 PM Eastern|
|TV: FSN AZ HD, NBA League Pass|
|Steve Nash||PG||Mike Conley|
|Raja Bell||SG||Mike Miller|
|Grant Hill||SF||Rudy Gay|
|Amare Stoudemire||PF||Hakim Warrick|
|Shaquille O'Neal||C||Darko Milicic|
Sunday's win over the Spurs was nice, but now it's time for the first of many next steps. The Suns continue their five-game homestand tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. The last time these two teams met up, it was a reversion to small ball (and a bunch of late-game Raja Bell three-pointers) that saved the day. With it being Shaq's fourth game in a Suns uniform, perhaps that was understandable and acceptable. But at this point, the Suns really need to get it done with Shaq's presence, not in spite of it.
As usual when I do a game thread during the week, there's no in-depth breakdown in the interest of getting it posted earlier in the day while remaining guilt-free at work. Besides, I really don't think I can improve on the terrific job 3 Shades of Blue already did in sizing up the matchups at each position. I am also making no predictions whatsoever. Last time, I predicted a wall-to-wall beatdown and a reunion with our favorite former Laker, Kwame. Neither happened, and my arrogance nearly jinxed the Suns. So, I'm staying mum this time.
Live blogging returns tonight in the comments of this post. Be there or be
square Clipper fan.