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Game 51: Phoenix Suns (36-14) @ Los Angeles Clippers (34-18) l Thursday l 7:00pm l TNT

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Game 51: Phoenix Suns (36-14) @ Los Angeles Clippers (34-18) l Thursday l 7:00pm l TNT 

Post#1 » by SunsRback4Good » Thu Apr 8, 2021 6:14 am

Who: Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers

When: Thursday, April 8th @ 7:00pm l (10:00ET) TNT

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA


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Phoenix Suns starting lineup:


C- Ayton
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F- Crowder
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F- Bridges
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G- Booker
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G- CP3
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Reserves: Saric/Cam/Payne/Craig/Crowder



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Los Angeles Clippers starting lineup:



C- Zubac
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F- Morris
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F- Leonard
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G- George
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G- Beverly
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Reserves: Jackson/Batum/Patterson/Rondo/Mann


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Post#3 » by Flying Colors » Thu Apr 8, 2021 2:05 pm

Probably an L after the grindfest last night, but if we somehow pull out a W, i’d be ecstatic
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Post#4 » by Jdiddy701 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 2:22 pm

Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller doing the game tonight.


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Post#5 » by Jesus_H_Macy » Thu Apr 8, 2021 2:33 pm

I just want to see them compete tonight. If the effort is there but the legs are tired I won't be mad atch'em. I do agree with some of the other posters about some extra rest tonight, but I don't think anyone should sit out. CP3 is the only person I'm worried about. Ayton's minutes should probably be low just because I don't think he'll have the stamina tonight, but I don't think playing him heavy minutes tonight would make an injury more likely than in any other regular game.
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Post#6 » by WeekapaugGroove » Thu Apr 8, 2021 2:42 pm

If CP or anyone else is fatigued and needs the night off that's fine, health is more important than this one game. But if they feel good to go then play them.

Now even if everyone plays I'd play the bench a little more than usual. Everyone on that unit except Johnson only played like 10-15 mins last night so tonight should be 20+.

This is also a game where if the Clips do happen to get a decent lead in the second half you wave the white flag a little earlier than you normally would.

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Post#7 » by Qwigglez » Thu Apr 8, 2021 4:11 pm

Bench needs to step up on this one. Would love for someone to get hot to give the starters some rest.
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Post#8 » by WeekapaugGroove » Thu Apr 8, 2021 4:25 pm

Tonight should be a Galloway game. With tired legs I don't expect the suns to shoot well tonight so they will need his scoring.

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Post#10 » by Crives » Thu Apr 8, 2021 6:49 pm

Going to get crazy around here if we win. Especially if the blazers take out Utah tonight as well.
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Post#11 » by Revived » Thu Apr 8, 2021 7:19 pm

WeekapaugGroove wrote:Tonight should be a Galloway game. With tired legs I don't expect the suns to shoot well tonight so they will need his scoring.

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I think he should always play imo. He’s one of the players that knows his role well and plays it perfectly.

Similar to the posts above, definitely don’t expect a win tonight. Even a blowout loss wouldn’t be shocking or even disappointing. Just hope they come out of the game without any injuries.
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Post#13 » by bwgood77 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 9:22 pm

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WeekapaugGroove wrote:Tonight should be a Galloway game. With tired legs I don't expect the suns to shoot well tonight so they will need his scoring.

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I think he should always play imo. He’s one of the players that knows his role well and plays it perfectly.

Similar to the posts above, definitely don’t expect a win tonight. Even a blowout loss wouldn’t be shocking or even disappointing. Just hope they come out of the game without any injuries.


A blowout loss would be very disappointing. This team fears me much more than Utah in the playoffs and if seed stay where they are we meet them in the 2nd round.

Pretty sure most people would be disappointed in a blowout loss. I don't expect it the way we play. Not sure it's happened all year and we are playing our best ball.

If Beverley and Ibaka play, and if George isn't ailing too much, they are a lot better than they've been too, so we'll see.
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Post#14 » by Barkley6 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 9:23 pm

Revived wrote:
WeekapaugGroove wrote:Tonight should be a Galloway game. With tired legs I don't expect the suns to shoot well tonight so they will need his scoring.

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I think he should always play imo. He’s one of the players that knows his role well and plays it perfectly.

Similar to the posts above, definitely don’t expect a win tonight. Even a blowout loss wouldn’t be shocking or even disappointing. Just hope they come out of the game without any injuries.


I think the hype from last nights game means we'll come out playing well in the first, but I expect us to fade in the second half. Though Bridges should be well rested :D
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Post#15 » by Calvin Klein » Thu Apr 8, 2021 9:24 pm

I'm still exhausted from the Utah game.
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Post#16 » by Revived » Thu Apr 8, 2021 9:29 pm

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WeekapaugGroove wrote:Tonight should be a Galloway game. With tired legs I don't expect the suns to shoot well tonight so they will need his scoring.

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I think he should always play imo. He’s one of the players that knows his role well and plays it perfectly.

Similar to the posts above, definitely don’t expect a win tonight. Even a blowout loss wouldn’t be shocking or even disappointing. Just hope they come out of the game without any injuries.


A blowout loss would be very disappointing. This team fears me much more than Utah in the playoffs and if seed stay where they are we meet them in the 2nd round.

Pretty sure most people would be disappointed in a blowout loss. I don't expect it the way we play. Not sure it's happened all year and we are playing our best ball.

If Beverley and Ibaka play, and if George isn't ailing too much, they are a lot better than they've been too, so we'll see.

We wouldn’t be playing them on the 2nd night of a back to back in the playoffs though. A blowout or any type of loss to them here wouldn’t mean much in terms of how we match up with them in the playoffs.

But yeah I also don’t think we get blown out anyway and have a chance to even win tonight as well. I was just using it in a hypothetical way.
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Post#17 » by bwgood77 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 10:06 pm

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bwgood77 wrote:
Revived wrote:I think he should always play imo. He’s one of the players that knows his role well and plays it perfectly.

Similar to the posts above, definitely don’t expect a win tonight. Even a blowout loss wouldn’t be shocking or even disappointing. Just hope they come out of the game without any injuries.


A blowout loss would be very disappointing. This team fears me much more than Utah in the playoffs and if seed stay where they are we meet them in the 2nd round.

Pretty sure most people would be disappointed in a blowout loss. I don't expect it the way we play. Not sure it's happened all year and we are playing our best ball.

If Beverley and Ibaka play, and if George isn't ailing too much, they are a lot better than they've been too, so we'll see.

We wouldn’t be playing them on the 2nd night of a back to back in the playoffs though. A blowout or any type of loss to them here wouldn’t mean much in terms of how we match up with them in the playoffs.

But yeah I also don’t think we get blown out anyway and have a chance to even win tonight as well. I was just using it in a hypothetical way.


I guess you worry about b2b games more than I do. We have done well on them. I think last year we won a b2b with the Clips and Utah or something like that and had another one with Utah and Denver where we won one and the other went into OT and we nearly won.

This year we are 7-2 on the 2nd of b2b games. 1 of our losses was a double OT game where Cam, Booker and Ayton were all out in some or all the OTs....and the previous night went into OT.

The only other loss was a 1 pt loss to Orlando...after playing Miami the night before.

We also have a ton of depth. If we only played 7 or 8 players or something it might be a big deal, or if we were an old team prone to injury.

Not sure why you are always so worried and want to rest players. Not THAT many players rest overall and usually it is due to being cautious with injuries...and this has only been a trend at all since the Spurs started it about 7-8 years ago when their core got old.

The previous 50+ years it wasn't something teams did. If you had 4 games in 5 nights it might be more understandable if you had a slight injury to sit a second game out before the next b2b.

College teams play like 3 or 4 days in a row in their conference tourneys.
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Post#18 » by Jdiddy701 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 10:56 pm

I feel like the Suns will get killed today but the +6 in the gambling world for the Suns is way too good to pass up.


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Post#19 » by Keith_myath » Thu Apr 8, 2021 11:10 pm

Tonight is a better indicator of if we're a championship threat. Banged up and sore from last night, if we can get a win against another playoff team, then the squads confidence will skyrocket.
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Post#20 » by irish22022 » Thu Apr 8, 2021 11:33 pm

bwgood77 wrote:
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A blowout loss would be very disappointing. This team fears me much more than Utah in the playoffs and if seed stay where they are we meet them in the 2nd round.

Pretty sure most people would be disappointed in a blowout loss. I don't expect it the way we play. Not sure it's happened all year and we are playing our best ball.

If Beverley and Ibaka play, and if George isn't ailing too much, they are a lot better than they've been too, so we'll see.

We wouldn’t be playing them on the 2nd night of a back to back in the playoffs though. A blowout or any type of loss to them here wouldn’t mean much in terms of how we match up with them in the playoffs.

But yeah I also don’t think we get blown out anyway and have a chance to even win tonight as well. I was just using it in a hypothetical way.


I guess you worry about b2b games more than I do. We have done well on them. I think last year we won a b2b with the Clips and Utah or something like that and had another one with Utah and Denver where we won one and the other went into OT and we nearly won.

This year we are 7-2 on the 2nd of b2b games. 1 of our losses was a double OT game where Cam, Booker and Ayton were all out in some or all the OTs....and the previous night went into OT.

The only other loss was a 1 pt loss to Orlando...after playing Miami the night before.

We also have a ton of depth. If we only played 7 or 8 players or something it might be a big deal, or if we were an old team prone to injury.

Not sure why you are always so worried and want to rest players. Not THAT many players rest overall and usually it is due to being cautious with injuries...and this has only been a trend at all since the Spurs started it about 7-8 years ago when their core got old.

The previous 50+ years it wasn't something teams did. If you had 4 games in 5 nights it might be more understandable if you had a slight injury to sit a second game out before the next b2b.

College teams play like 3 or 4 days in a row in their conference tourneys.


Couldn't agree more. People talk about back to backs like they are over the hill beer bellied guys and not literally the best conditioned people in the world. Restrict CP a bit to be safe and the rest will be fine. Let em run. We should win this. We didn't play our best ball last night, and booker owes it to himself to go out and win one for us since he tried a few times at the end of that 4th to lose it.

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