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!


Bright Side of The Kicking Ass And Taking Names

You know me ... always humble. But 3rd? That's pretty damn awesome, considering the company we are in.

Of course, it's a team effort. That's how we roll in the PHX. So thanks, everyone!


Detailed Suns Player Evals - Suns/Kings 10/5 - Courtesy Of Pick and Scroll

Big, Huge THANKS to Akis at Pick And Scroll.

He attended the game on a Kings press pass, and was kind enough to review all of the Suns players from Tuesday night's game.

This stuff is gold for those starved for Suns news. Also, check out Akis' other work on Pick And Scroll - he's writes some mighty good NBA content.

Highlights from last night's reviews: JRich rocked, Lopez was good and bad, Dragic needs to chill, Janning apparently doesn't even exist in some circles, and... oh, Earl...


The worst thing one can do when evaluating a preseason game is to just glance at the final score. So “Kings 109, Suns 95” doesn’t do this one justice. The Kings played this one with...

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The good news is this game, like the rest of the preseason, means nothing. Nothing at all. The bad news is the Phoenix Suns were outscored by 22 points in the second half by the Sacramento Kings en route to a 109-95 defeat.

Steve Nash and Grant Hill combined to play 8 minutes, while Gani Lawal and Channing Frye did not play at all. 

If you are pushing the panic button, I recommend Valium, yoga, or some Zen breathing exercises.

The Suns trotted out a lineup of Nash, Richardson, Lopez, Turkoglu and Hill. The starting unit, along with Josh Childress, Hakim Warrick, and Dwayne Jones, jumped out to a an 11 point lead and appeared in total command of the game until the end of the quarter, as the Suns amassed 6 turnovers. Still, they held on to a 31-26 lead.

Nash and Hill would not return for the rest of the game. But Jason Richardson added 8 points and Robin Lopez 5 in the second to lead the Suns to a 58-51 halftime lead. Cold shooting, turnovers and fouls plagued the Suns in the third, as the Kings went on a 14-4 run and eventually tied the game up going into the fourth quarter.

To summarize things quickly and easily, the Suns sounded like they were tired in the final 12 minutes as Tyreke Evans scored 10 points during a 20-6 that put the Kings up for good. 

To emphasize once again, this was a preseason game. Still, there were some areas of concern, if you want to get concerned over an early October contest:

  • The Suns committed 23 turnovers resulting in 25 King points.
  • The Suns were out-rebounded 47-36.
  • The Suns shot 2-16 from 3-point range.
  • Hedo Turkoglu went 0-5 from the field in 16 minutes of play.
  • Goran Dragic committed 6 turnovers in 25 minutes, dished out 1 (one) assist and logged a -24.
  • The Suns scored 6 fast break points.
  • The Suns allowed 50 points in the paint.

Ugly.

 

Of course there were bright spots:

  • Robin Lopez played 31 minutes, scored 15, added 6 boards and 2 blocks while committing only 2 fouls. The fact that he produced without pain (or looking as though he was in pain) is a major victory.
  • Jason Richardson went for 17 and 5 and shot just over 50% from the field (6-11).
  • Josh Childress played efficiently, scoring 6 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing 3 assists and adding a steal in 19 minutes of play.
  • Jared Dudley went 5-8 from the field for 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
  • Matt Janning sounded as if he played a fairly aggressive game, adding 8 points in 21 minutes.

Commentary:

I won't insult anyone's intelligence here by jumping to any insane conclusions. This game was full of auditions (Dwayne Jones and Chucky Atkins playing 17 minutes); meanwhile, some needed inside help in the form of Garret Siler and Gani Lawal did not play at all. My master-of-the-obvious skills tell me there is a game in Vancouver tomorrow and, as we all know, this preseason is a grand experiment that will determine the regular season rotation (at the outset only, of course), and running minutes off the bodies of Steve Nash and 38 year old Grant Hill makes no sense at all.

It is a bit disturbing, though, to see our Phoenix Suns shoot 2-16 from beyond the arc and get crushed in rebounding differential, but as I noted above, I think we were dealing with some tired legs and lack of dirtworkers. Expect less JRich tomorrow, more of Canada's favorite son, old man Hill, and the beast of Lawal to be unveiled.

Rest soundly, Suns fans. We'll catch you here tomorrow.


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