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Game Thread: Saturday March 26th, Phoenix @ Orlando

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Phoenix Suns (51-17) @ Charlotte Bobcats(32-36)
Saturday, March 26th, 4:00pm


Phoenix Suns

Probable Starting Lineup:

PG: Steve Nash
SG: Quentin Richardson
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Shawn Marion
C: Amare Stoudemire

Key Reserves:

Jim Jackson
Leandro Barbosa
Steven Hunter
Walter McCarty



Orlando Magic

Probable Starting Lineup:

PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: Steve Francis
SF: Grant Hill
PF: Dwight Howard
C: Kelvin Cato




Key Reserves:

Tony Battie
DeshawnStevenson
Stacey Augmon
Mario Kasun


Previous Meetings:
Monday 13th vs. Orlando W 121-100



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The Suns may be a little fatigued with this being their second game in two nights but I think they can take this one. Charlotte isn't quite as bad as their record may appear but Phoenix is just to good for Charlotte to compete. We let Atlanta back into it, so hopefully the guys have learned and will bury Charlotte quick. JJ and Q-Rich should rebound after their abysmal shooting performances against Atlanta. Also much like the Atlanta game, this has the possibilty of turning into a blowout.

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Suns 112
Bobcats 91
 

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OK Suns fall in!!!! Play with a passion!!! Absolutely no slacking at all during this game so play good D every possesion, and dont give up.

Little prep talk for the boyz. Haha. I expect Nash to have a big game.

Suns 120
Bobcats 100

Nash 30 and 15
 

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My prediction:
Phoenix 120
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Bobcats 109
 

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Sounds like Brevin Knight, Keith Bogans, and Theron Smith are all questionable for todays game. Thats with Gerland Wallace and Kareen Rush being on the IL. With Charlotte's lineup being so depleted hopefully Nash doesn't get anymore then 20-25 minutes.
 

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Amare is coming off of a huge game versus the Hawks....look for him to dominate Okafor....

Suns-106
Bobcats-92
 

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DHarris34Phan said:
Amare is coming off of a huge game versus the Hawks....look for him to dominate Okafor....


Yeah it's an interesting matchup. Last time Amare lit up Okafor for 36 points, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him do it again.
 

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Okafor seems to have trouble finishing around the basket. He has alot of upper body strength but doesn't seem to be THAT athletic.
 

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Okafor seems to have trouble finishing around the basket. He has alot of upper body strength but doesn't seem to be THAT athletic.
He's pretty athletic compared to most guys he plays. However, tonight he had to deal with some REALLY athletic guys.
 

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Suns defeat Bobcats, 120-105

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shawn Marion had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help Phoenix win a franchise record 28th road victory by beating the Charlotte Bobcats, 120-105 on Wednesday night.

The Suns are now 28-7 on the road, besting the mark of 27-14 set in 1993 and 1995. The victory was also Phoenix's ninth straight on the road, which tied the club record.

More importantly, the victory kept Phoenix ahead of San Antonio in the race for the Western Conference's best record.

Joe Johnson also scored 26 points for the Suns. Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Jim Jackson scored 15 and Steve Nash finished with 11 points, 10 assists and no turnovers.

It was clear from the opening tip that the Suns are a far better team than the expansion Bobcats, who trailed by double digits less eight minutes into the game.

Stoudemire opened the game with a 19-footer, then Nash stole the ball from Bernard Robinson, who was making his first start of the season, and used a crowd-pleasing behind the back pass to feed it into Marion for a dunk.

Before the Bobcats knew it, Stoudemire had added a dunk and Quentin Richardson hit a 3-pointer for a 9-2 lead that had them gasping for air during a frustrating timeout.

The Suns stretched their lead to 29 in the second quarter, and took a 70-47 lead into the break.

Mathematically, it wasn't the worst Charlotte lost of the season - that was a 112-80 loss to Philadelphia on March 11. But it had the makings to be just as bad until a strong second-half effort made it respectable.

The Bobcats cut it to 13 in the third quarter while many of the Suns' starters were on the bench. Then Jason Hart hit a 3 to cut it to 91-81 with just over 10 minutes to go.

Then Phoenix sent its starters back in, and promptly took control when Richardson fed an alley-oop dunk into Marion.

After an Emeka Okafor dunk for Charlotte, Nash hit a long jumper and Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers to push the Suns' lead back up to 16.

Hart led Charlotte with 21 points off the bench. Gerald Wallace returned from a seven-game absence with bruised ribs to score 17 points in 30 minutes.

Jason Kapono added 15 points, Okafor had 13 points and Brevin Knight had 12 points and 15 assists.

NOTES:mad: Charlotte's Keith Bogans did not play because of back spasms. ... The Suns were 12-of-29 from 3-point range. ... Only Paul Shirley and Jake Voskuhl didn't get in the game for Phoenix. ... Pop diva Brandy was sitting courtside and cheering on Richardson, her fiance.
 

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Wow, what a night by Marion! This guy is just impressing thte heck out of me lately. Nash got his ten assists and did not have a turnover - and knight had 15 assists and only one turnover for Charlotte tonight. Sounds like it was a good duel between the PG's.

The Spurs lost, so we picked up another game on them. Let's keep winning and hold onto that #1 seed. Nice first half and a nice win, even if it was over Charlotte.

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BO OUTLAW!!!!!!!!!!! Nice job getting Bo in.. .haha. well besides that I was really happy to see the starters not play a lot. Every bit of rest is going to benefit us come playoff time. Marion is really really consistent and I am loving it. I think he is our seasons MVP, yes over Nash, because Marion has been through there through all the ups and downs of the season. Victory!!!!!!! TOOOTTT :banana:
 
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