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View Poll Results: Will the Suns go above .500 for the first time in the post-Nash era?

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    Game 7: Phoenix Suns @ Utah Jazz, Saturday, 11/10/2012 9:00 PM EST

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    Location:EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
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    Projected Starting Lineups









    Mo Williams - Gordon Haywood - Marvin Williams - Derrick Favors - Al Jefferson








    Goran Dragic - Jared Dudley - Michael Beasley - Luis Scola - Marcin Gortat


    Preview:

    While the Utah Jazz have had a rough go at it on the road, they've gone unbeaten at home.

    The Jazz are hoping to see that continue Saturday night when they host the Phoenix Suns, who have picked up the pace following a slow start.

    Utah (2-4) saw its road woes continue Friday in a 104-84 loss at Denver, dropping to 0-4 as the visiting team. The Jazz were outrebounded 53-45 and limited to a season-worst 36.8 percent shooting.

    "It wasn't our best outing," said Gordon Hayward, who scored a team-high 15 points. "We've got to figure out this road thing. This was a tough one for us. I think we've got to put it behind us."

    Utah has to be looking forward to getting back home. The Jazz, who beat Dallas 113-94 in their season opener and the Los Angeles Lakers 95-86 on Wednesday, have proven significantly better defensively on their own court than on the road, where they've posted a 46.4 opponent field-goal percentage compared to 35.8 as host -- the lowest mark in the league.

    The Jazz opened 5-0 at home in 2011-12, but will likely need a better effort from Al Jefferson going forward if they hope to have a shot at matching that record. The formidable big man was held to four points on 1-of-9 shooting Friday and is putting up just 11.8 per game -- a far cry from his average of 19.2 last season.

    Utah had dropped seven straight matchups in this series by an average of 9.2 points before recording a 100-88 victory April 24. Paul Millsap had 26 points and 15 boards in that game while Jefferson added 18 and 16 as the Jazz outrebounded the Suns 56-42.

    Phoenix (3-3) got back to .500 on Friday after escaping with a 107-105 victory over Cleveland. Goran Dragic had a season-high 26 points while Shannon Brown scored 22 off the bench for the Suns, who trailed by as many as 26 points early in the second quarter before storming back.

    "In the end we got it done, but I don't want the long faces," said coach Alvin Gentry, whose team forced a season-best 21 turnovers. "I want us to believe that if we get ourselves in trouble we can bail ourselves out by coming up with stops and running on stops and not on trading baskets."

    Phoenix may want to think about getting Brown even more looks. The seven-year veteran, who scored 24 points Wednesday in a 117-110 win at Charlotte, has averaged 21.3 over his last three games while shooting 11 of 18 (61.1 percent) from 3-point range.

    "I've always been a scorer," said Brown, who had never posted back-to-back 20-point efforts. "I didn't get to this league because of anything else. I do whatever it takes for this team to win."

    Brown, though, hasn't scored more than 12 points in 14 career matchups against the Jazz. Dragic scored a career-high 32 in a 124-115 loss at Utah on Jan. 25, 2010.

    While the Suns managed to hold off the Bobcats earlier this week, they've lost their other two road games by a combined 46 points.

    Source: ESPN

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    I may miss this game. Gotta go to Greensboro.
    I think we win this one.

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    This a redemption game for Gor-SWAT after the embarrassing elimination last year in Utah. If he can give us 15pts 12rbs 4blks tonight I will be happy. Dragic should run circles around Williams and hopefully we get to see more Beasley at PF.

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    Best play by a Suns player this year:

    http://youtu.be/7fkZCs8EtEk

    Major props to Telfair.

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    I'm here at the game now. Honestly suns and jazz games bout 37% people Here are suns fans no joke. Bout the same level of cheering haha

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    Let's get this W!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsfan88 View Post
    Best play by a Suns player this year:

    http://youtu.be/7fkZCs8EtEk

    Major props to Telfair.
    Lol it was a great effort.

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    Mo Williams out.

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    Nice ball rotation.

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    Another slow start.

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    Coming back from big holes 2 nights in a row is a tall order. Suns need to get it together quick or this one will probably get ugly and stay ugly.

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    Ugly quarter.

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    Gortat probably hates traveling to Utah.

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    Gortat got swatted twice already in the opening quarter.

    Last time he played Utah, he got swatted 8 times so he's on pace to match that tonight as well.

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    This is ugly but we should keep it at 10-12 till Dragic comes back and we will be ok.

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