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Game Thread #45: at Suns

Will the Suns be out for revenge for xmas day? Maybe.

As Pink would say, "Let's get this party started".

As Floyd would say, "That's this time, that time, full time, part time and all time."

Game Time: 9:30 Spurs Time, 11:30 am Argentina
5:30 am Egypt, 4:30 am CET
12:30 pm Perth and Philippines
1:30 pm Guam

Officials: Javie

One of These Days
Tim Duncan
Animals - Dogs,
Pigs, Sheep

Michael Finley
Waiting For
The Worms



Shine On You
Crazy Diamond

Fat Old Sun

Have A Cigar

Hey You
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17-7 Home 12-8
13-7 Road 13-19
96.8 Offense 103.8
93.9 Defense 102.7
46.3 FG% 49.5
39.4 3-pt% 38.5
75.9 FT% 75.8
40.2 Rebounds 41.3
12.1 TO's 16.6
7-3 Last 10 5-5
W 1 Streak W 2


One of These Days - Just like this brilliant song, Tony plays to a slightly different beat. He's fast. Sometimes out of rhythm. But damn satisfying. Plus, if any Spur was going to flip out and cut you into little tiny pieces, um, well, it wouldn't be Tony.

Fearless - Could there be any other song?

You say the hill's too steep to climb, climbing
You say you'd like to see me try, climbing
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb the hill in my own way

I think the Utah game may be the turning point in Manu's season. I'll expound more later in a separate post, but let's see if Manu brings that same energy against the Suns.

Animals: Dogs, Pigs, Sheep - Tim is just like this album. People know it is great. They just don't know how great. It isn't over exposed, but it is just stunningly good and keeps on giving.

And after a while, you can work on points for style
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile


You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder
You know it's going to get harder and harder and
harder as you get older

You know he sings this to Shaq:

Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You're nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Saying "Keep on digging"
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find?
When you're down in the pig mine
You're nearly a laugh
You're nearly a laugh
But you're really a cry

Bus stop rat bag, ha ha charade you are
You fucked up old hag, ha ha charade you are
You radiate cold shafts of broken glass
You're nearly a good laugh
Almost worth a quick grin
You like the feel of steel
You're hot stuff with a hat pin
And good fun with a hand gun
You're nearly a laugh
You're nearly a laugh
But you're really a cry

Hey you, Whitehouse
ha ha charade you are
You house proud town mouse
ha ha charade you are
You're tying to keep our feelings off the street
You're nearly a real treat
All tight lips and cold feet
And do you feel abused?
You gotta stem the evil tide
And keep it all on the inside
Mary you're nearly a treat
Mary you're nearly a treat
But you're really a cry

And for all the rest of his victims

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out
There may be dogs about
I've looked over Jordan and I have seen
Things are not what they seem

What do you get for pretending the danger's not real
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well-trodden corridors into the valley of steel
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes
Now things are really what they seem
No, this is no bad dream

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters
With bright knives he releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
For lo, he hath great power, and great hunger
When cometh the day we lowly ones
Through quiet reflection and great dedication
Master the art of karate
Lo, we shall rise up
And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you're told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old

Bike - A kooky song for kooky guy

Waiting For The Worms - The FinDog knows what cometh.

Ooooh You cannot reach me now
Ooooh No matter how you try
Goodbye cruel world it's over
Walk on by

Time - This has to be what it is like sitting on Pop's bench game after game never knowing when you will be called.

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict - The man just is relentlessly different. The rudest between quarter interviews. Hardcore gruffness in his press conferences. Charming in interviews. You just know what you are going to get.

Money - Yeah, Peter, I believe you when you are saying you are freezing prices to reward the fans loyalty. Uh-huh. It doesn't have anything to do with money. You cheap bastard. Get out there and get us a big man.

Mother - Do you figure this is the song Nash listens to before he plays the Spurs in the playoffs?

Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb
Mother do you think they'll like this song
Mother do you think they'll try to break my balls
Mother should I build the wall

Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government
Mother will they put me in the firing line
Oooh is it just a waste of time

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won't let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama's will keep baby cozy and warm
Oooh babe
Oooh babe
Oooh babe of course Mama's gonna help build the wall

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - I'm not sure what to make of Richardson's career. He entered the league with great promise out of Michigan State and has displayed a lot of talent.

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond

Now, he is on his third team in just under two years.

Well you wore out your welcome with random precision

I didn't like this trade for the Suns. I thought he provided them with another guy who needed shots on a team that didn't have enough shots to begin with. We will see, I guess.

Fat Old Sun - This one was too easy. Yeah, he is a fat old sun now. Plus, I got to put a cow's butt in your face.

But at one time, he was a Machine.

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
What did you dream? It's alright we told you what to dream
You dreamed of a big star

Did you know that the Fat Old Sun didn't have a butt muscle firing last year? You never would have known it from all the ridiculous shit he was spouting. But it is true. You can read some of it at SI.

Have A Cigar - The manipulative agent ego stroking song for the man with the big ego. For a couple years, we have heard about unhappiness in the Suns locker room. Joe Johnson wasn't happy, he left. Marion was unhappy, he got shipped out. Bell was a problem, he got shipped out. There's still a problem. Hey Amare, have you ever heard the saying "if everywhere you go it stinks..."? And Gary Payton is a jackass if he thinks this dogging ass clown deserves to start the All-Star game. Did you see his line from the Celtics game? Take a look.

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar You're gonna go far, fly high
You're never gonna die, you're gonna make it if you try;
they're gonna love you

Hey You - For the likable guy on this team. He's 36 and managing to stay healthy. Do you guys know that Grant Hill is the best defender on the Suns? By a wide margin too.

Hey you! out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old,
Can you feel me
Hey you! standing in the aisles,
With itchy feet and fading smiles,
Can you feel me
Hey you! don't help them to bury the light
Don't give in without a fight

Is There Anybody Out There? After the Diaw/Bell trade, the Suns are THIN on the bench. They have Barbosa and Barnes. Their next guy is Louis Amundson, aka, Pony Tail Boy. This is Steve Kerr looking for bench help. Back when he had a mullet.

Comfortably Numb - I like Terry Porter, but I just get the feeling he's not in a good situation with this team.

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

Keys To The Game

  • Turnovers - The Suns turn the ball over a lot. We don't force turnovers. Which will give.
    Shaq vs Tim - I expect these two to go at each other pretty hard this time around.
    Suns 3 Pt Shooting- I think they will have hard time scoring without their 3's. However, if they are making the 3's, we will have a hard time staying in the game.

Some other reading

  • Bright Side of the Sun is a fantastic blog. PhoenixStan does a good job of being a homer and being critical at the same time. He has the Steve Kerr Moron Meter for starters and he rips on Amare for being such a self-centered twit a lot.