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The Phoenix Suns visit the San Antonio Spurs tonight and face up against the one (LaMarcus Aldridge) that got away.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

What: Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

When: Tuesday, October 20th @ 5:30 PM local time

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

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I know what you're thinking.

How did we get stuck with Jim on game coverage again?

Trust me, I feel your pain.

But just like the Suns after a putrid showing in their last game... I'm going to try to do better this time around.

I won't be hard for the Suns to improve upon their effort against the Denver Nuggets. They dug an early hole and were trailing by 27 points at halftime. Phoenix never mounted a serious comeback attempt in the second half en route to a 106-81 drubbing.

Even worse, only Alex Len and Devin Booker played better than absolutely atrocious basketball. It was a complete throwaway game.

Now it's on to the team that ruined the Suns' summer. The team that has caused the Suns more grief over the past decade than any other.

The San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs are 1-3 so far in the preseason, with their lone win coming in their last game against the Detroit Pistons 96-92. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points, while Manu Ginobili chipped in 15 points and 5 assists in 20 minutes off the bench.

Tony Parker is expected to be back in the lineup after missing that game, so look for the Spurs to play their regular starters in tonight's matchup.

At least the guys over at Pounding the Rock seem to hold us in high regard.

The Suns were the unlucky runners-up in this summer's wooing of LaMarcus Aldridge. For the franchise, it was another in an ignominious line of disappointments at the hands of the Spurs, one which included the questionable signing of Tyson Chandler to a long-term deal as part of their attempt to sign LMA.

Could have probably gone without the whole humiliating part in there, but cool. It's always nice when someone beats you and rubs your face in it.

Eric Bledsoe will be back in the lineup tonight for the Suns, which hopefully improves the flow of the offense. It has been discombobulated at times during his absence. The backcourt still won't be at full strength, though, as it appears Ronnie Price (illness) will miss the remainder of the preseason. That's some serious sick leave... was Mirza Teletovic patient zero?

Brandon Knight and Bledsoe will actually get some burn together, which is good for a duo that hasn't played together in much live action. Knight hasn't really dazzled me through the first four games. He scored nine points before fouling out against the Nuggets.

Young players on the Suns will be looking to build on mostly solid preseasons. The play of Alex Len, T.J. Warren and Devin Booker has been encouraging. Len bounced back with 14 points and 8 rebounds against the Nuggets after sitting out the previous game with a sore ankle.

Even though it's just the preseason a win tonight would be nice.

Beating the Spurs always is.