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Sunz @ Knix: Revenge of the D'Antonis?

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23-16 16-24
5:30 PM Mountain / 7:30 PM Eastern
TV: My45, MSG
Probable starters:
Steve Nash PG Chris Duhon
J Richardson SG Q Richardson
Grant Hill
SF Wilson Chandler
Amare Stoudemire
PF David Lee
The Big Tweet C Jared Jeffries

Pregame Coverage: Yahoo! ESPN

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It's true, after that thrashing by the Boston Celtics, this game could not get here soon enough. I was pretty ambivalent about the Boston game, not willing to judge anything from a road game against a great team on the tail of a tough week. I feel the same even about this game.

One could argue that the team should come out fired up after that embarrassing debacle in New England, that anything less than a rout against a losing team like the New York Knickerbockers, or even anything less than a win would mean its time to throw a few players under the bus.

Meh. Maybe, but Suns face a very dangerous team in the New York Knicks.

The Knicks are a losing but dangerous team that relies on luck more than talent. All it would take is a hot night from the arc for them and some carryover phail from us.

Tonight, I hope a concerted effort is made to start the game going into our big strength before relying on jumpshots. The past few games I've seen have been trading clankers at the open.

However, as the game progresses, I hope the Suns just let the shots fly. A lot of players are slumping, and I'd like to see them all take a ton of shots, try to regain their confidence and rhythm. As I said, I'm more concerned about the team playing well rather than winning, even if that means falling into the D'Antoni trap.

Here's footage form the last game - Suns win 111-103, December 15th, 2008

Nash vs. Duhon

While Duhon had trouble getting off the bench in Chicago, he's flourished in the D'Antoni regime, pitching in for 12 ppg and 8 apg. Besides these discounted Nashly stats, he is apparently also suffering from back spasms. We'll have how he feels tonight.

As for backup PGs, the Suns are not the only ones with a problem. Nate as the backup PG is so EddieHouseriffic that Chris Alvino of the KnicksBlog want C Jared Jeffries and Tim Thomas to bring the ball up from backcourt.