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Are bad shots that go in still bad shots? Not for Shannon Brown who went unconscious in the fourth quarter and rained down six threes without a miss. The early ones were contested, selfish, disgusting attempts that found the bottom of the net anyway. The sixth and final bomb fell on the Bobcats after they wisely left Shannon wide open behind the arc and the ball swung to him on the weak side. Kaboom goes the dynamite.

Overall, this wasn't exactly a text book game for either team. Sure, Marcin Gortat had seven blocks (along with 23 points and 10 rebounds) which is a very nice line against a very bad team. But the Suns managed to turn a 16-point lead into a four-point lead in the final 4:30 of the third quarter. Only the Charlotte ineptitude allowed Phoenix to walk away with the win.

It was more a brawl between two really pissed off drunks than a prize fight between well trained killers.

But whatever. It's a win. Move on and let us all pray together that in a month this team won't look this bad because ugly basketball is UGLY.

Also, the Phoenix bench right now has no clue how to play together which is probably why Coach Alvin Gentry is letting them play together so much. In a season where success won't be measured by wins and losses, you have to take your lumps to make oatmeal into wine pudding.

The Bobcats shot 55% in the second half. This new era of Suns basketball looks a hell of a lot like the old era (minus the scoring and wins and stuff).

The Suns now return home to Phoenix and will host Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. That should be fun.


Final - 11.7.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix Suns 31 29 25 32 117
Charlotte Bobcats 22 24 35 29 110

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Oh, and Michael Beasley had a very nice all around game. 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. That was definitely Good Beaz.


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The Phoenix Suns improved to 2-3 on the season with a road win over the Charlotte Bobcats (1-2). The Suns gave up a big third quarter lead but pulled away late thanks to Shannon Brown's hot hand. The final score was 117-110.

Fun fact: there are three American cities that carry the nickname "Queen City". Charlotte might be the most well known for wearing the moniker, but Cincinnati has more than chili farts to offer up to the debate and don't forget Burlington, VT where coats go to be born and Birkenstock sandals go to die a smelly death.

Also, since we've got some time to kill before this OH SO EXCITING GAME STARTS at 5:00 pm (7:00pm ET) on Fox Sports Arizona and League Pass, there are actual Queen Cities in Iowa, Texas and Missouri. Some would even call San Francisco the unofficial "Queen City" but my preference for that title goes to London, home of iconic band.

Shout out to you, Freddie Mercury! I've never been able to look at Fat Bottomed Girls the same way since 1978.

As for the game itself, there's not much to say. The Bobcats have rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and it will be fun to catch him this early in his NBA career. I'm sure he'll do something with his motor and hustle that will impress us all.

Gerald Henderson is out for the Bobcats with a foot sprain or something. Gerald Henderson injury news wouldn't normally be considered "news" but it's the Bobcats and he is a starter for them. And because I know some of you need the extra help, here's more about Henderson. Just kidding, here's a better link.

As for the Suns, once and if they start doing something vaguely interesting on the basketball court, we'll start writing vaguely interesting words about them. Until then, rest assured that my game coverage performances will mirror their actual game performances. In other words, I'm out.

But first, just because some of you kids have no idea what great music is:


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Suns vs Bobcats coverage

A note from our sponsor about how cheap tickets are for Suns home games. Who said there's no bright side to sucking!

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[Note by Seth Pollack, 11/07/12 1:57 PM EST ]

Sorry, Kendal Marshall fans. Looks like your dreams are on hold.

Kendall Marshall sprained an ankle during 3-on-3 play Tuesday and will not be available for tonight's #Suns game at Charlotte.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) November 7, 2012


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Fun fact: there are three American cities that carry the nickname "Queen City". Charlotte might be the most well known for wearing the moniker, but Cincinnati has more than chili farts to offer up to the debate and don't forget Burlington, VT where coats go to be born and Birkenstock sandals go to die a smelly death.

Also, since we've got some time to kill before this OH SO EXCITING GAME STARTS at 5:00 pm (7:00pm ET) on Fox Sports Arizona and League Pass, there are actual Queen Cities in Iowa, Texas and Missouri. Some would even call San Francisco the unofficial "Queen City" but my preference for that title goes to London, home of iconic band.

Shout out to you, Freddie Mercury! I've never been able to look at Fat Bottomed Girls the same way since 1978.

As for the game itself, there's not much to say. The Bobcats have rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and it will be fun to catch him this early in his NBA career. I'm sure he'll do something with his motor and hustle that will impress us all.

Gerald Henderson is out for the Bobcats with a foot sprain or something. Gerald Henderson injury news wouldn't normally be considered "news" but it's the Bobcats and he is a starter for them. And because I know some of you need the extra help, here's more about Henderson. Just kidding, here's a better link.

As for the Suns, once and if they start doing something vaguely interesting on the basketball court, we'll start writing vaguely interesting words about them. Until then, rest assured that my game coverage performances will mirror their actual game performances. In other words, I'm out.

But first, just because some of you kids have no idea what great music is:


Rufus on Fire

Suns vs Bobcats coverage

A note from our sponsor about how cheap tickets are for Suns home games. Who said there's no bright side to sucking!

'Our partner TiqIQ has teamed up with ScoreBig to bring you the ability to ''Make an Offer' for Suns Tickets.The link below has a $15 coupon applied to the first purchase for November. Deals are ranked on a star system- 1 star for cheapest seats and 6 stars for the best. Click here to check out all options for Phoenix Suns Tickets''

[Note by Seth Pollack, 11/07/12 1:57 PM EST ]

Sorry, Kendal Marshall fans. Looks like your dreams are on hold.

Kendall Marshall sprained an ankle during 3-on-3 play Tuesday and will not be available for tonight's #Suns game at Charlotte.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) November 7, 2012


Phoenix Suns 117, Charlotte Bobcats 110 The Phoenix Suns’ first road trip of the season has been downright depressing thus far after the team blew a 14-point lead in a 21-point loss to the...

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Many of us use sports as an outlet for life's frustrations, big or small. As we follow our favorite teams, we often lay expectations on them to provide us with some measure of happiness or bragging rights. Over time, it becomes a love/hate relationship. As with any relationship, occasionally we get more than we asked for, and we feel grateful just to be in their presence. But more often than not, it's the opposite.

Why? Because we expect a lot out of our relationships sports teams. We have to work hard for everything we get in life. For the "old" folks, every little morsel on the table is thanks to our efforts (between video games). For the youths, every grade we get in school is because of our tireless work and sacrifice (between video games).

So when we're tired and beaten down and we turn on the TV/computer/phone to watch our favorite team play, the LEAST they can do is win the damn game for us at the end of the day! (Seriously, I hate that phrase "at the end of the day", but in this case it fits in a literal sense. The Suns play games at the end of our day.)

Too often, they fail us.

And when they fail us, with our wits and vigor already sucked dry by life, we find ourselves in a quandary. Do we jump to their rescue, aggressively defend them against all comers? Or, do we freak out and obsessively vilify them to anyone and everyone within ear/screen shot?

Such is the lot of a fan.

Fandom becomes most impactful when we lose perspective. We attach our own happiness to their success or failure on the court/field/pitch. When the team wins, we feel like we can conquer the world. When the team loses, we feel like we just got slapped in the face.

The Phoenix Suns are slapping us all in the face right now. Three times in the past week, as a matter of fact.

But rather than fighting back by bludgeoning each other and the team, we should try to regain proper perspective. It's just a game. Our lives are not actually impacted by the Suns' wins and losses.

Rather, our lives are impacted by something I call real life. The birth of a daughter. The grade on a test we studied so hard for. Gaining or losing a job that pays our bills. Hurricanes. Floods. Death.

When I found out yesterday at lunchtime that my step-father of more than 30 years had passed in his sleep, I regained perspective. No longer did I sit at my desk wondering why Goran Dragic hadn't taken more shots against Orlando. Over night, not one dream involved the Suns in some fashion or another. And when I awoke this morning, I cared more about getting to his wake and funeral than getting to the Suns next home game.

My step-father endured a really crappy ending to his life. A decade of physical and mental decline took a fatal toll on him, and laid vicious blows on his loved ones from which they will not soon recover. He left a legacy of love and caring. None of us are better with him gone from this world.

So as I distract myself from life this morning by mechanically perusing the internet for Suns stories, my perspective is clear. Whether the Suns win or lose, I am still spending the weekend with my family. I am still a very fortunate individual with a bright present and future. I have a great real job. I have a great fake job (BSotS FTW!). I am surrounded by loved ones near and far.

Yet I know for certain that I am still a fan. I will still log on to BSotS to check on things, good or bad. I will still follow this team all weekend on my phone.

So win a damn game for me this weekend, Suns! You got that? I deserve it, you know. ;)

Here's a few articles i found on the Suns this morning:

NBA power rankings 2012: Suns drop in rankings across the board - SB Nation Arizona

Phoenix Suns' Kendall Marshall a shooter? Never say never | CharlotteObserver.com

Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Bobcats - Sun-N-Gun - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Phoenix Suns turn to defense in effort to fix woes


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