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One night after defeating the Kings, the Suns head to the golden state to play... Golden State. This may be the last chance that some guys have to make the squad.

Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.

Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.

Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.

But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.

Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.

Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.

Check out the rest of the roster.





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The Suns are now 3-3 on the preseason campaign after getting thumped pretty good by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.

Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.

Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.

But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.

Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.

Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.

Check out the rest of the roster.





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As reported by David Aldridge tonight on nba.com, the NBA is finally catching up to reality.

Eight full years after the Phoenix Suns overran - and eventually changed - the league with speedy Amare Stoudemire as their starting C, the NBA recognizes the sham of naming an inferior C to the All-Star team (recall that Mehmet Okur was once an All-Star) while leaving a much more talented Forward at home.

The league will announce Wednesday a change to its All-Star ballot that will, for the first time, allow fans to vote for three undefined "frontcourt" players instead of having to vote for two power forwards and a center. With more and more teams playing smaller than in the past, the definition of "center" was becoming increasingly difficult -- not to mention finding enough quality big men for whom to vote.

Ironically, in a move inspired by our own Phoenix Suns franchise, this seriously hurts the current team's chances of getting a player into the 2013 All-Star game. In a league with very few legitimate productive centers, Marcin Gortat had a chance. He was one of only three centers in the whole league to average a double-double last season.


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Tonight's game may look a whole lot different than last night's game.

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry wants to tighten his rotation very soon, but still needs make one final evaluation of the backup big men and the fourth-string point guard. We will probably also see some 3rd-string PG playing time as well.

Say hello to Solomon Jones, Ike Diogu, Luke Zeller, Diante Garrett and Kendall Tucker. And then say goodbye. Unless there's an injury, these guys are not going to play much more this season.

Three of them will likely make the Suns roster. One of those is for sure - Kendall Tucker Marshall has a 2-year guaranteed contract as a first-round pick. The others are up for debate. The Suns, with 13 players under guaranteed contract including Tucker, don't need to keep anyone else to meet league guidelines.

But with Jermaine O'Neal's injury history, Markieff Morris foul pronation, Luis Scola's aging body and Kendall Tucker's Marshall's unreadiness for prime time TV, we might see two guys remain from Jones/Diogu/Zeller/Garrett.

Everything else about tonight's game is just window dressing. The Suns open the season against this same Golden State team next week, so there's little incentive to tip their hand too much on how they'll play Mark Jackson's club. Plus, it's a roadie, on the second night of a B2B.

Golden State has made changes lately, bringing in injury-prone Andrew Bogut while shipping out their most consistent offensive player in Monta Ellis. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are big shooters on the wing now, along with Brandon Rush. Jarrett Jack runs the point with Stephen Curry, and David Lee returns at PF.

Check out the rest of the roster.





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