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  • Lakers (so the Suns continue to work to a high lotter pick)

    1 12.50%
  • Sun (so LA's chances to miss the playoffs continue to rise)

    5 62.50%
  • Suns (Just because I hate LA)

    2 25.00%
  • Suns (To stick it to Nash)

    0 0%
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    Game 46: L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, 1/30/2013, 8:30 MST / 10:30 EST

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    (20-25)_______@_______(15-30)




    Location:US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Time:8:30 PM MST / 10:30 PM ET
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    Projected Starting Lineups









    Steve Nash - Kobe Bryant - Metta World Ron Peace Artest - Earl Clark - Dwight Howard

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    Goran Dragic - Jared Dudley - P.J. Tucker - Luis Scola - Marcin Gortat


    Preview:

    The Los Angeles Lakers are on a roll heading into their longest road trip of the season, and one of their players should have a little extra motivation to perform well in the opener of that seven-game trek.

    In his return to Phoenix, Steve Nash will try to lead the Lakers to a fourth consecutive win while preventing an eighth straight road loss Wednesday night against the Suns.

    Nash missed his first chance this season to face the team that drafted him 15th overall in 1996 and brought him back for a second stint with the club spanning eight seasons from 2004-12.

    The point guard, who helped the Suns reach the Western Conference finals three times and was named league MVP in 2005 and 2006, was recovering from a small fracture in his left leg during the Lakers' 114-102 home win Nov. 16.

    This is his first visit to Phoenix since a sign-and-trade deal -- at his request -- sent the 38-year-old Nash to Los Angeles for four draft picks over the summer.

    "(The Suns) were very apprehensive and didn't want to do it," Nash said at the time. "Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better."

    He should at least get a warm reception from his former teammates. Jared Dudley tweeted in July that Nash "has not only been the best but the most unselfish player I ever played with. I only wish him the best. He deserves everything."

    Things haven't gone quite as Nash expected in Los Angeles, but the Lakers (20-25) are hoping their three-game winning streak behind a new style of play is reason for optimism. Nash hit a key 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining in a 111-106 win over New Orleans on Tuesday.

    With 12 points, he was one of six Lakers in double figures. Dwight Howard had 24 after being held to single digits in four of the previous five games, and Earl Clark scored 20, his most in nine games as a starter.

    Kobe Bryant had double-digit assists for the third straight game with 11 and finished just short of a triple-double again. He had eight rebounds Tuesday after pulling down nine in each of his previous two contests.

    "It's working pretty well," Bryant said of his new approach as a playmaker. "It's very easy for me to look over the defense and know where they're coming from, just kind of line my guys up in the right way and just pick them apart."

    The Lakers now try to snap their longest road losing streak since they dropped nine in a row March 14-April 5, 2005.

    Los Angeles, which is 5-15 on the road, will face a Suns team that's dropped back-to-back games after winning its first two under interim coach Lindsey Hunter. Phoenix (15-30) didn't provide too much of a challenge in a 110-95 loss at Dallas on Sunday.

    "We'll get back to work, and make sure we're better prepared next time, and make sure we're a better team on our next showing," Hunter said.

    Nash's replacement, Goran Dragic, had a team-best 18 points in the losing effort and scored 22 in the loss to the Lakers in November.

    "Every player wants to play well, especially against Steve because he is one of the best point guards," Dragic said.

    Bryant scored 31 points and Metta World Peace chipped in 22 in the Lakers' win over the Suns earlier this season, but they've lost their last two games in Phoenix, including a 125-105 defeat April 7.

    Source: ESPN
    Last edited by king4day; 01-30-2013 at 01:36 PM.

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    Finally!!!! Let's whoop some LA butt!!! Unleash the Dragon and release the Beast!!!!

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    Funny thing is if I would of told you guys at the beginning of the season that Earl Clark would be the starting PF for the Los Angeles Lakers everybody would of labeled me crazy .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Funny thing is if I would of told you guys at the beginning of the season that Earl Clark would be the starting PF for the Los Angeles Lakers everybody would of labeled me crazy .
    I know i would have! Kudos to him though, i never expected him to make it in the NBA the way he played in PHO, he's doing a great job in LAL. Happy for him

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    Anybody here in PSD going to see the game and watch Nash in his first game back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    Anybody here in PSD going to see the game and watch Nash in his first game back?
    If I lived in Phoenix I would have.
    I was actually very close to taking an impromptu trip to Phoenix next week with a friend to see them play OKC.
    Not that I woulda cared who they played since I've seen the Thunder in Charlotte already, but it woulda been cool to see the new court and also buy endless **** I can't afford

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    I know i would have! Kudos to him though, i never expected him to make it in the NBA the way he played in PHO, he's doing a great job in LAL. Happy for him
    I don't think it was his fault he just needed to develop which he never got a chance to here in PHX.

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    this is the one game i want... can't wait to see how the fans will react to steve. watching it and taping it, this game is special

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    "It's a very special place to me," Nash said. "I can't wait to get back and see everybody. So many great memories, great seasons and relationships that mean the world to me. I'm thrilled to come back and play. But in some respects, it'll be strange to not wear a Suns uniform."

    love you man! but you're with the enemy now

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    Can everybody tweet Cory why we're not amomg the teams pursuing Oden? King if you call in please ask the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    I don't think it was his fault he just needed to develop which he never got a chance to here in PHX.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Can everybody tweet Cory why we're not amomg the teams pursuing Oden? King if you call in please ask the same.
    Yeah, I think we should be pursuing him too.

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    The return of the Suns' alternate Black uniform is upon us, but still not available for sale at NBA Store

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    Great poll options King

    I hope we lose because I care more about our pick than LA's.

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    Booooo Nash

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