Game Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors in Vancouver, Preseason Game #2

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash plays kick ball during a time out in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. The Kings won109-95.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

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8 days ago: Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash plays kick ball during a time out in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. The Kings won109-95.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

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Hallelujah, the season is upon us.

No time to fret over the last game because the next one comes up so quickly. Tonight, the Suns face the Raptors in Vancouver. And once again, it's not on TV. Not a single person south of the Canadian border will see the game with their own eyes.

I don't know about you, but last night's game thread was weird. It was like a Twilight Zone episode.

A new-millenium real-time game chat bringing Suns fans from all over the world together in one virtual place... as they all gathered around their respective transistors to listen to a game on AM radio. I had a strange desire to pour myself a glass of lemonade and rock on the front porch.

Tonight's gonna be deja vu all over again.

Edit: Seth has a better game preview here, complete with lots of links to non-BSotS recaps and previews amongst the interwebs.

I'll get better at this, I promise. Jump to the rest of the story anyway, to make me happy. We're #3!!

Pluses for the Suns:

  • Nash will likely play more minutes, since the game is in Vancouver
  • Toronto has a hole at the PF spot, too
  • Toronto made virtually no moves to fill that hole
  • Suns players get to give LB a big hug, and then probably cheer him on while he scores 20
  • Hedo Turkoglu gets a chance to show Toronto he can still play
  • Gani Lawal might get some minutes!

Now flush last night's game from your minds, Suns fans. Wins and losses mean NOTHING in the preseason.

If a vet plays bad, it means nothing (Dragic, Warrick) unless they played really well, in which case it means everything (Lopez).

Let's just hope Earl Clark finds some positive consistency.

Unless, of course, Gani Lawal blows the doors off the game.

Go, Suns!


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