No more Chucky Atkins to blame...

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No more Chucky Atkins to blame...

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According to the Gentry, this will be the final preseason game that sees 14 or 15 guys playing. After today, he's going to go with a regular season 10-man rotation in the final games on Tuesday (Warriors) and Friday (Nuggets). 

That won't matter for today. Today, we will see a lot of what we've seen so far which hasn't exactly been conducive to winning -- but winning in the preseason is not a primary goal.

Of course, don't tell that to Steve Nash:

"Personally, I don't like losing, especially when you get your ass handed to you. So, I don't want that to happen again," Nash said.


Suns Look To Avenge Embarrassing Preseason Beating By Raptors, 10 A.M. AZT - SB Nation Arizona
"We've got a lot of guys we're trying to incorporate into the lineup. Right now we're playing, I don't know, 14 or 15 guys. So, it's hard to really judge the complete picture when we're playing so many guys and still trying to find combinations."

3 in the Key - Raptors Game-Day Preview vs The Suns - Raptors HQ

Never mind then but in all seriousness, the Suns have been playing guys like Janning and Earl Clark heavy minutes in pre-season while resting studs like Nash and J Rich. The Raps need to take advantage of this, plain and simple. If they can't, Hedo Turkoglu won't be the only player getting booed tomorrow...

Toronto is a funny town....

  • Welcome back Turk? Not likely - Turkoglu and the Suns are in Toronto to play the Raptors again Sunday afternoon and if there’s any sure thing in the world, it’s that the washout Toronto free agent will be treated with disdain bordering on outright hatred the minute he walks on the court. It’s kind of a tradition among Raptor fans.
  • Hedo loves the spotlight | Basketball | Sports | Toronto Sun Turkoglu was booed when he was introduced, when he touched the ball, but was cheered by Phoenix’s followers when he finally scored a bucket. Steve Nash was showered with applause, much like he will on Sunday, providing a rare moment when a hero and anti-hero were cast. And they’re on the same team. Turkoglu loves the attention, much like he basked in the booing that greeted last season when Toronto visited Portland, a city Turkoglu spurned to sign with Toronto last off-season.

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Although Thursday night’s contest was played indoors, unlike the Suns’ Oct. 10 preseason victory over Dallas, Phoenix sure seemed to let it rain in the second game of the team’s home and home...

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