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Daily Links: Where A Four Game Losing Streak Seems Mighty Possible

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You combine a Grizzlies team that has been playing extremely well lately (8-2 in their last 10 games) with a Suns team that has lost 9 of their last 10 road game, is 0-3 on this road trip, and 0-17 on TNT and you have a recipe for a four-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies are a very good team (right now) and even if the Suns play well and play hard there's no expectation that they can get the W. However, if they play soft and disinterested there's no question they will get the L.

Happy MLK Day to you.

In his honor let us all dream for a time when the Phoenix Suns will play hard for 48 minutes. And yes, it may be disrespectful to invoke Martin's great name in this way but no more so than praying to the Lord for a win or thanking Jesus for a touchdown. I should stop now before I get into real trouble....



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  • blogs - Coro's Suns dish - PaulCoro - Suns' 2nd half starts today
    "We've got to be desperate now," Richardson said. "Other teams are catching up and hitting streaks . In the Western Conference, it's a slim margin of error between third place and out of the playoffs. At any cast, we've got to win games, no matter what we do, who's scoring."
  • Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire expecting trade talks to heat up
    Suns General Manager Steve Kerr and Managing Partner Robert Sarver will meet with Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, this week for their first formal discussion. Walters declined comment. "We'll definitely talk about it," Kerr said of an extension. "We have a lot to consider. "Amar'e has been great all year. We're thrilled with the way he's played and the effort he's put forth, returning from the injury to his eye."
  • Bobcats 125, Suns 99 -- Rock bottom?| Valley of the Suns
    The Suns can only hope this is rock bottom, because I’m not sure how much further they can fall after being embarrassed in Charlotte of all places on Saturday, 125-99.
  • Why the Suns are Setting " mathletics
    When we look at the Suns Adjusted +/- ratings we find Frye (+14) has been great and Hill (-11) has really hurt the Suns. For example, when Hill plays our best estimate is that after adjusting for who he plays with and against he makes the Suns play 11 points worse per game than an average NBA player. So it looks like playing Hill less minutes would help the Suns.
  • Suns hope to end TNT jinx at 17 games
    The Suns have lost 17 consecutive games that have been broadcast by the network. The peculiar streak will continue or end today when they face the Grizzlies, who have won eight consecutive home games.
  • Phoenix Suns " Something has gotten into Robin Lopez of the Phoenix Suns
    Something has gotten into 21-year old center Robin Lopez the last couple of games. He has averaged 27.0 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots in his last two games.
  • Nate Robinson, Gerald Wallace Among NBA Dunk Contest Participants - SB Nation
    We already knew that the winner of a 'Dunk-In' between DeMar DeRozan and Eric Gordon would be one of the participants. We are also fairly certain that Gordon, while a great player, could get slaughtered by a very confident DeRozan in this 'Dunk-In.' The winner now knows who they will be up against as the NBA has announced the contestants for the 2010 Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend in Dallas next month: Shannon Brown, Gerald Wallace (BUZZSAW) and defending champion and Dunk Contest veteran, Nate Robinson, who won last year with his Kryptonate dunk over Dwight Howard.

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