The Suns' 3-point shooting is improving but more is expected with Tyson Chandler's pick-and-roll presence on the floor.


The Suns have had an up and down start to their season. Can they get a quality win against a tired Clippers team at home tonight?

What: The Phoenix Suns vs the Los Angeles Clippers

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena: Phoenix, AZ

When: 8:30 PM Arizona Time / 10:30 PM Eastern

Watch: Fox Sports AZ (Locally) / League Pass

The Phoenix Suns (3-4) are playing at home tonight against a good Los Angeles Clippers (5-3) team, who is coming off a a tough road loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, in what had the feel of a revenge game with DeAndre Jordan as the target, in his first return to Dallas since agreeing to sign with the Mavs as a free agent, then waffling, and ultimately spurning them this off-season.

This is the second time in the young NBA season that Phoenix has faced the other team in L.A., having lost a relatively close game to the Clippers on the road in their first match-up, thanks in great part to a disastrous second quarter that saw the Suns lose an eight-point first quarter lead and dig a hole that they fought the rest of the game trying to dig back out of.

If nothing else, the Suns showed they can definitely play with the Clippers, and at times looked like the better team. However, the Suns have been plagued by inconsistency thus far, as players vary greatly from one game to the next, so it's difficult to know just which version of the Suns is going to be playing.

So far, the Suns have looked mostly mediocre. But this team had hopes of being much more than that. If they are going to reach their potential, they need to start winning games against quality opponents. Tonight would be a good time to start.


Eric Bledsoe vs. Chris Paul

Brandon Knight vs. J.J. Reddick

P.J. Tucker vs. Lance Stephenson

Markieff Morris vs. Blake Griffin

Tyson Chandler vs. DeAndre Jordan

Keys to Winning

  • Turnover a new leaf: One of the biggest issues we've seen with the Suns so far this season has been their inability to take care of the ball. The guards specifically (and Brandon Knight especially) have struggled making the right passes in traffic, or playing sloppily at times allowing the other team to get takeaways and easy baskets on the other end. The Suns simply have to put an emphasis on limiting turnovers in order to start playing like one of the top eight teams in the West.
  • Know your role: One of the other issues I've seen at times are player not contributing by doing what they do best, and instead, playing out of their comfort zone. For instance, we don't need Markieff shooting a bunch of threes and we don't need Alex Len taking contested 15-foot jump shots. We need to make the most of each possession by playing to the strengths of the players on the court. We need Bledsoe attacking the basket. We need Warren cutting through the paint and scoring. We need Chandler and Len grabbing rebounds and playing tough interior defense. The Suns as a whole need to play to their strengths against a very talented Clippers team.
  • Be aggressive: Normally this saying is reserved for offense, and I certainly intend it to be here as well. However, the Suns need to be just as energetic and aggressive on defense. When the Suns are getting stops and forcing turnovers, it opens up their offense and leads to fast breaks, and-ones, and easy baskets on the other end. The Suns need to play fast and furious, come out with energy, and maintain it for 48 minutes tonight to get his win.


This is the perfect time for the Suns to out-shine a tired Clippers team coming off a loss last night in Dallas. That game went down to the wire for the Clippers, and most of their starters played big minutes. The Suns, on the other hand, are very well rested having not played since Sunday. Phoenix has very good depth with their young and talented bench, and tonight would be a great time to prove it by outlasting the Clippers in a home game that would boost morale in the locker room, as well as the confidence of the fans.

Suns win! 108-99

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We talk our new weekly segment, every Monday I'll be releasing our favorite boxscores from the previous week. This is not an objective exercise. We may target good games, bad games, interesting games, games of players we like. Of course, we do mention that a 20-20 is a "guaranteed" spot. Check out this week's list. If you see any good boxscores tweet at us @nerdnumbers, @nbageek, or @boxscorebrian with hashtag #BSGTop10.

A player we devote a ton of time to is Andre Drummond. Holy cow, what a start to the season.

We talk my article on Kobe's aging. He is shooting like a player from the 1960s!

We wander down a strange rabbit hole and wonder about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is, in my mind, the greatest player in NBA history and often overlooked. How would his career look if Ralph Sampson had stayed in the 1982 draft? Would he have fared better in a modern media era regarding public perception? We bring up a must-read, Jeff Pearlman's Showtime, which is about the 1980s Lakers.

Wall of Excitement

In the offseason, we talked the "Wall of Boredom", which was the offseason transactions. During the NBA season, I call the Boxscore Geeks' Players page: "The Wall of Excitement." We talk some players at the top of the list and some at the bottom. It's worth noting this becomes my morning routine during the NBA season.

We briefly discuss the Mario Chalmers' trade. It counted as news but didn't excite us that much.

We talked a little about Andrea Bargnani. He is on his way to being the worst player in NBA history.

Shout Outs

Brian shouts out Matt Steinmetz for their exchange on Andre Drummond

He'd be one of the best centers even if he pulled a Rodman and stop shooting, his rebounding and defense is that good @SteinmetzNBA

— Brian Foster (@boxscorebrian) November 10, 2015

I should out Jesse Blancarte for his great metaphor one-upping on Steph Curry vs. Blake Griffin.

@NerdNumbers quiet meant only in relation to Curry. Blasting music at 2am (Griffin) drowned out by bombs detonating (Curry).

— Jesse Blancarte (@JBlancarteNBA) November 9, 2015

I shout out Jonathan Weiler(@jonweiler) and the ESPN Watch for his coverage of Missouri.

I shout out Dave Berri(@wagesofwins) for his story at Vice Sports about LeBron James and aging in the NBA.

The Oklahoma superstar had some strong words about E-Bled.

So, this is a little old news by now, but we are still laughing about it at Bright Side.

After the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Suns last Sunday, Kevin Durant was interviewed about Eric Bledsoe's level of trash talking.


Durant, on the other hand, sealed the Thunder's 124-103 win against the Suns with a flurry of shots in the fourth quarter, the prettiest of which was a 20-foot "Dirk" fadeaway over guard Eric Bledsoe. If there was such a thing as posterizing someone with a jumper, Durant did it to Bledsoe, and then busted out a large grin as backpedaled away to defense.

"E-Bled talks a lot of s---," said Durant, who had 32 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes. "And I'm a major s---talker myself."


You get the chance to meet and greet Tyson Chandler, and could go home with courtside Phoenix Suns seats.

Talking Stick Resort is hosting the Suns Trivia Fanfest tonight.

#SunsTriviaFanfest is THIS Wednesday!! Show off your @Suns knowledge & you could win big!!!

— TalkingStickResort (@TS_Resort) November 9, 2015

Click here for more info.

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