The PTR family got together last night - more photos to come
Okay, we have Gooden. Next year, though, we should try to find us a good Chinese player - mainly because then we would never have to listen to the games when feeds are not available. Think about it.
Anyway, I'd better hurry up. You'll have plenty of time to discuss the game till tomorrow. And if you excuse me for a moment: in your face, SinCitySpur.
Preview after the jump:
Game Time: 2:30 Spurs Time, 5:30 pm Argentina 9:30 pm Egypt, 8:30 pm CET 4:30 am Perth, Japan, Philippines 5:30 am Guam TV: ABC
Officials: TBA TBA TBA
images via espn.com
Point Guard - I love Tony, honestly. But regardless of what people say, Nash is not done. Anyone who saw him play against the Rockets last night will agree - there was a moment in the fourth where he simply took over the game, and I was actually surprised when his high-arching three over Yao didn't go in.
Off Guard - Jason Richardson's DUI aside, I'm going to give this one to the Suns. He's been playing well, Mason can be inconsistent, and Jason can do stuff like this. That's only worth two points, you say? Should be more.
Center - Is Hack-a-Shaq viable considering he's shooting 62,6%? That's his career high, by the way. Duncan will have his work cut out for him if he wants to stop Shaqzilla, despite the fact that last night Yao made him look pedestrian at times. (I wish I could share with you Yao's great block on Shaq. Couldn't find it in YouTube. Anyone?)
Power Forward - Give Matt some luv. I'm giving him the edge over Hill's corpse, even though he didn't shoot well against the Wizards.
Small Forward - Matt Barnes is a douche. There's hustle, and then there's being a dirty player. He's not even subtle about it like Bruce, too. As much as I dislike him, though, I think he will help his team more then Finley will.
Bench - By "Suns' Bench" you basically mean "Barbosa" these days. So it's the Argentine roadrunner versus Hill, Malik, Kurt, Fab-O... Never mind.
Coach - If Pop gives Malik more minutes, I'll be happy. If he doesn't let Udoka's one good game give him more minutes, I'll be ecstatic. If he dropkicks JV, I'll be in rapture. And if he makes it to this site, I might die from sheer joy.
Intangibles - I like to believe that Pop wants the team to start getting into their playoff shape, and I expect Tim to come back strong after two bad performances in three games. The Suns have lost three in a row and are probably getting desperate. If we get an early lead, that could be their undoing.
Mojo - Shaq's flopping and his subsequent comments are the equivalent of a karma black hole. I expect him to leave a barren wasteland in Phoenix when he finally gets traded to the Kings.
Winners - Probably us. (Whoa.)
Keys To The Game
Optimism - I like to think it works.
Defense - Basically we can defend the bad teams, but the good teams are scoring at will on us. That's great news for the playoffs. Let's see if we can stop the back-to-running-for-the-moment-but-we-might-change-again-if-Shaq-gets-tired Suns.
Hill - He made a 3. It can happen.
Some other reading
I couldn't find many Suns fansites. Gee, I wonder why...
Bright Side of the Sun (The SB Nation blog. It's where PTRers go and then do their best not to troll. Sometimes we fail.) PhxSuns.net (A forum. Seems pretty active, but I didn't dare step in.)
Other things of possible interest
Worst contracts - I wonder why there are no Spurs on this list.