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Game 8: Utah Jazz (4-5) at Phoenix Suns (3-4)

Friday, November 18th, 7:00 PM (PST), KJZZ








Starting Lineup


Deron Williams Andre Owens Devin Brown Mehmet Okur Greg Ostertag

Reserves

Milt Palacio
Kris Humphries
Robert Whaley
Jarron Collins
CJ Miles






Starting Lineup


Steve Nash Leandro Barbosa Raja Bell Shawn Marion Kurt Thomas

Reserves

Boris Diaw
James Jones
Brian Grant
Eddie House
Jim Jackson
Pat Burke

Jazz' Previous Game: The depleted Utah Jazz struggled mightily on both ends against the Sacramento Kings on the road at Arco Arena. Rookie Deron Williams struggled in his first start, going 5-14 from the field and committing 5 turnovers. Milt Palacio was a bright spot for the Jazz, with 19 points and 6 assists in just 29 minutes. Robert Whaley also chipped in with 8 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. The Jazz have once again been bitten by the injury bug. They were missing a large chuck of their starting lineup and some quality bench players. Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer, Gordon Giricek, Matt Harpring and Keith McLeod were all out of action for the Jazz.

Suns' Previous Game: The Suns' defense struggled to stop the onslaught of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half, and they lost 115-103 for the third time in four games at home. Pau Gasol was double teamed for the majority of the contest and was therefore held to 14 points, but he displayed a beautiful array of passes that led to 7 assists to his teammates out of the double team. He also added 10 rebounds. Mike Miller and Damon Stoudamire combined for 50 points as they put down the Suns on the road. Shane Battier had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Memphis shot 54% from the field by consistently finding the open man and exploiting the holes in the Phoenix defense.

Previous Meeting: The Suns were able to defeat the Jazz on the road 106-95 with large contributions from their starters. Box Score

Chris's Game Notes: The Jazz yielded 119 points to the Sacramento Kings in their last game, which should widen the eyes of the Suns' roster. The Jazz are hurting, missing a large chunk of their roster, but that is no reason to overlook this team. The Suns must be ready to compete in this game, or else Utah could end up stealing this one on the road. Jerry Sloan is the type of coach that inspires his players to be disciplined and take advantage of teams that think the Jazz are an easy target. They will simply outhustle you and will themselves into a win if you are not careful. The Suns still continue to struggle on their home court, and are now a dismal 1-4 at the soon to be US Airways Center. It will take a solid team effort by the Jazz to defeat the Suns at home, something that is not out of reach considering Phoenix's home let downs.



Match-up of the Night



Shawn Marion versus Mehmet Okur

<table border=2 align=center>
<tr align=center><td>Player
<td>Points
<td>Rebounds
<td>Assists
<td>Steals
<td>Blocks
<tr align=center><td>

<td>18.8
<td>13.3
<td>2.7
<td>1.67
<td>2.0
<tr align=center><td>

<td>19.4
<td>8.9
<td>1.3
<td>.67
<td>.56
</table>

*Shawn Marion's stats do not yet reflect Wednesday's game​
 

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Hmm at least Giricek will be back in the lineup. But I have a hard time seeing us beating the Suns.
 
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