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Game Day Open Thread: Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies


Phoenix Suns
vs.

Memphis Grizzlies
41-22 15-47
7:00 PM Pacific / 10:00 PM Eastern
TV: FSN AZ HD, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
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.