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Here are the platforms of the two candidates:

1) Vote for Change

A vote for change in this election would mean firing someone in charge (take your pick from Sarver on down to The Gorilla); a change in the starting lineup from _____ to ____ (details are overrated in elections); more minutes for rookie Kendall Marshall based on his ability to rock a Justin Beiber backpack and tweet slightly interesting things about his daily life; and new uniforms for the team and all its registered fans.

2) Vote for Stay the Course

A vote for staying the course means blown leads to teams (allegedly) worse than the Suns; blow outs against good and probably even just mediocre teams; looking forward to the Bobcats with all the fear and trepidation of a rookie point guard wearing a goofy backpack walking into a biker bar; and an early start on scouting the draft.

What say you, 'Merica?

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I'm struggling to find anything else to say about this game. The Miami Heat were clearly the better team but the only takeaway I have is just how damn good they looked. We knew LeBron James and friends were solid last year, but now they look like a team playing on an entirely different level. The only chance the rest of the league has is to pray for injury...and then pray for relief from bad karma that comes from praying for injury.

Jared Dudley, never shy about dropping some hyperbolic bombs, said this about the Heat:

POSTGAME QUOTES: SUNS AT HEAT - NOV. 5, 2012 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE PHOENIX SUNS
"That was probably the most unselfish team I’ve ever played against since I’ve been in the NBA. It was drive, kick, swing, penetrate, flair, I mean they were hitting everyone. Even when someone had a good shot, they would make an extra pass to someone who even had a better shot. That’s the way basketball is supposed to be played. They perfected it to a ‘T’ tonight."

Yup.

Here's more recaps.

Heat final score: Suns eclipsed by dominant Heat, 124-99 - Hot Hot Hoops

their defense could do little to stop the juggernaut that was the Heat's all-out attack on the basket from all areas of the court.

Miami Heat 124, Phoenix Suns 99 -- No chance

The Suns should be proud of the way they fought to make this a game early in the second half despite only shooting 39.8 percent for the contest and getting outboarded by 11.

Phoenix Suns can’t handle Miami Heat

"They gave us a lesson," Suns point guard Goran Dragic said. "They had great spacing. They shared the ball really well. We were late on our close-out rotation. Defense, they played really well in pick-and-roll. There were always two guys on me. They found the right answer for everything."

And here's the video highlights that apparently the NBA doesn't mind being ripped off from their site.


Download the Game Book here (if you dare)


155603746

I'm struggling to find anything else to say about this game. The Miami Heat were clearly the better team but the only takeaway I have is just how damn good they looked. We knew LeBron James and friends were solid last year, but now they look like a team playing on an entirely different level. The only chance the rest of the league has is to pray for injury...and then pray for relief from bad karma that comes from praying for injury.

Jared Dudley, never shy about dropping some hyperbolic bombs, said this about the Heat:

POSTGAME QUOTES: SUNS AT HEAT - NOV. 5, 2012 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE PHOENIX SUNS
"That was probably the most unselfish team I’ve ever played against since I’ve been in the NBA. It was drive, kick, swing, penetrate, flair, I mean they were hitting everyone. Even when someone had a good shot, they would make an extra pass to someone who even had a better shot. That’s the way basketball is supposed to be played. They perfected it to a ‘T’ tonight."

Yup.

Here's more recaps.

Heat final score: Suns eclipsed by dominant Heat, 124-99 - Hot Hot Hoops

their defense could do little to stop the juggernaut that was the Heat's all-out attack on the basket from all areas of the court.

Miami Heat 124, Phoenix Suns 99 -- No chance

The Suns should be proud of the way they fought to make this a game early in the second half despite only shooting 39.8 percent for the contest and getting outboarded by 11.

Phoenix Suns can’t handle Miami Heat

"They gave us a lesson," Suns point guard Goran Dragic said. "They had great spacing. They shared the ball really well. We were late on our close-out rotation. Defense, they played really well in pick-and-roll. There were always two guys on me. They found the right answer for everything."

And here's the video highlights that apparently the NBA doesn't mind being ripped off from their site.


Download the Game Book here (if you dare)


The Suns rarely used to play games like this during the Nash era, but tonight’s contest was essentially over before it began. Sure, you play the game because you never know when Cardinals over...

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Nobody gave the Phoenix Suns a chance to beat the defending champion Miami Heat on the road on the second of a back-to-back. Nobody was right. The Suns didn't have a chance and this one was over pretty much as soon as it started.

The first quarter started with an easy drive to the basket by Chris Bosh followed by a couple of quick buckets by Dwyane Wade. LeBron James cruised through with six points and six rebounds and the period ended with a buzzer-beating half court heave by Norris Cole and his hightop fade.

Little that happened after that in the Phoenix Suns 25-point loss to the Miami Heat mattered much.

James led the Heat with 23 points while Wade added 22, Bosh 18 and Ray Allen 15. The Suns saw Shannon Brown finish with a team-high 18 points.

Miami's offense finally seems to be living up to their potential after a few years of stagnant isolation play. They now look an awful like the Suns with their highly efficient, fast-paced pick and roll game. Utilizing a variety of ball handlers and roll men they force the defense to collapse quickly or get beat for a quick bucket in the lane. Even if the rotations are on point, Ray Allen is alone in the corner to drain a three after the ball swings quickly from inside to the perimeter to the open man.

That offense that used to be run by the Orange and Purple dropped 65 points on the Suns in the first half and shot 55 percent for the game. It was a clinic that seemed to only require about half-speed effort from LeBron.

The Suns kept things within striking distance to start the second half, but Miami stopped fooling around and dropped a 13-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to put the game away for good.

This was a highly forgettable game early in a long season that's likely to see many more results like Monday night's "contest".

Next up for the Suns is a team a bit more in their league. The squad faces the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wednesday to close out the road trip.

Check out Hot Hot Hoops for the Heat side of things.


Final - 11.5.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix Suns 25 28 21 25 99
Miami Heat 34 31 33 26 124

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