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Preview: Phoenix Suns face Denver Nuggets; Mudiay sits

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The Suns head to The Can to play a Nuggets team that is playing well in the preseason, with impressive early returns from rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Of course, since it's the preseason, he won't be playing tonight.

How will he follow up Tuesday night?
How will he follow up Tuesday night?
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

What: Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

Where: Pepsi Center,  Denver, CO

When: Friday, October 16th @ 6:00 PM local time

Watch/Listen: TV: None Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

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The Denver Nuggets are 3-1 this preseason, most recently handing the Warriors a 114-103 loss on the reigning NBA champions home court. Faried led the Nuggets with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay was the real story, though, as he had his best game of the preseason with 16 points and 9 assists in 25 minutes. Mudiay is already building momentum as a rookie of the year candidate.

Of course, he won't play in tonight's game.

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post is reporting that he will sit out the game to "rest." 19 year olds are notorious for being enervated four games into the preseason.

The good news is that most of us won't miss him anyways, since the game is not being televised. One would think in this day and age this wouldn't be an issue...

Of course, the Suns have a couple preseason scratches, too (according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic).

Eric Bledsoe missed the last game as well. Probably not a big deal, but it would always be nice to have more live action time to mesh with his relatively new backcourt partner, Brandon Knight.

The good news is that Bledsoe will be just fine.

The bad news is that his absence, plus that of Price, means more playing time for the underwhelming Archie Goodwin. I seriously enjoyed watching Price play more than Archie in the last preseason game.

Goodwin needs to step up big time or his ass and the bench are going to end up starring in a Loctite commerical during the All-Star game in February.

The big news from the Suns last game, a 135-129 OT loss to the Rockets, was the amazing fourth quarter comeback engineered by T.J. Warren and Devin Booker (with a dash of Mirza Teletovic sprinkled in). All three of them talked about the 29-8 run that nearly propelled the Suns to victory after the game. Sonny Weems also showed some positive signs against Houston.

Hopefully these guys will have another strong showing. Hey, maybe my concerns about the bench will end up being unfounded after all?

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