Trail Blazers @ Suns Tuesday game thread, 11-21-2023 - In-Season Tournament #3

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After two wins over the Jazz the Suns return home for two games.

They play back-to-back games against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday and the Warriors on Wednesday.

Portland is an In-Season Tournament game.

When: Tuesday, 11-21-2023

Television: Suns Live, Arizona's Family 3TV / Arizona's Family Sports

Radio: KMVP 98.7 / S: KSUN

Time: 7 PM Arizona time
 

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I don’t care what Ayton does. But this is an awful Blazers team and if this team has any hopes of being more than mediocre this season, they should pulverize Portland.
 
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Here is where the Suns stand in In-Season Tournament play.

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This is the Trail Blazers injury report. They are without Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons among others.

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Lets goooooo suns need to destroy ayton blazers!!! Noooo letdown gm after jazz wins

Want to see big gms by nurik kd dbook eric 3pt gordon :)

My bong will be rdy fingers crossed.
 

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I think this is a game where Book comes out super aggressive. He’s had a couple of off-shooting nights but I think he locks into this matchup, especially with DA on the other side.

Would be nice to put together a full 48 minutes especially with the Dubs coming in town tomorrow. Leggo Suns
 

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This is the first game that I really want not just a win but a pasting. I really want Nurk to go 18 and 12, because you know Ayton ain’t going to.

We very much need this to be a blowout.

Especially since it is the first game in a back to back.

And if we want to have any chance at the tournament.
If we don't win by 20+ this tourney is probably toast for us. I think we have one more against Memphis to get to 3-1 which gets us 2nd in the group unless the Lakers blow one.

But point differential is key here.
 

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I think we already are out of the Tournament but I still want to paste somebody.

I just can't believe how pathetic Ayton has been so far this year. He is a certified loser officially at this point it seems.
 

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I think we already are out of the Tournament but I still want to paste somebody.

I just can't believe how pathetic Ayton has been so far this year. He is a certified loser officially at this point it seems.
It won't be easy but we have not been mathematically eliminated.
 

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Somebody on the Suns reddit posted a pretty good breakdown of the viable scenarios for the Suns to advance:
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TL:DR - Suns need to beat the next 2 IST by a significant margin to get the point differential out to have a shot, regardless of what happens.
 
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Yuta Watanabe's got a "deep thigh bruise" is described as significant and painful.

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The Suns court for the game tonight.

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Would anyone be surprised if Ayton was a sudden scratch?
 

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Hopefully not. I'm in full agreement with the player friendly, respectful environment Mat Ishbia is trying to create.
I agree... it's very smart. You want to create an environment where other players from around the league want to come and be a part of the franchise. Unlike the quite unpleasant vibe Sarver had created here.
 

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The Blazers have the worst offense in the NBA. Hoping our defense can use this to tune up a bit... stop being trash.

We have a lot of bad defenders on the team but a good system can cover for it, in theory.
 
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I agree... it's very smart. You want to create an environment where other players from around the league want to come and be a part of the franchise. Unlike the quite unpleasant vibe Sarver had created here.

There were times I wanted Goran Dragic to return as a player after his second time with the Suns but I knew that was unlikely to happen. Former GM Ryan McDonough was not good at this.

It's smart to never burn bridges.
 
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