In case you forgot among all this trade hullabaloo, there is a Mavericks game tonight, and it's against one of their big-time rivals. And, while the Mavericks figure out whether or not to pull of their own confusing veteran trade, the Suns are still waiting on the dividends(?) to pay off on their deal.
Marion out, Shaq in
By now, you've heard everyone weigh in on the Shaq trade to the Suns. Marion, a player who is tailor-made for the fast break and Suns' style was traded to the Heat for a lumbering half-court player that is thundering down the other side of the hill of his career. Marion was unhappy with the Suns and a bad locker room presence, so the Suns had been looking to move him. But for Shaq? Really? But, either way, you probably won't get to see if this cockamamie deal works for the Suns tonight as Shaq has basically said that he wants to rest his busted-up old-man hip over the All-Star break, which is probably wise.
Almost on top
The Suns are 1/2 game back from the top record in the Western Conference at 36-16 and missed an opportunity to be tied for it when they lost to the Warriors last night. Either way, they have been one of the top teams in the league and are still doing their best to outscore teams as they remain one of the top scoring teams in the league. As a side note, they have been temporarily topped in scoring by the Warriors who are averaging 0.1 points more per game.
The Nash reminder
As if the Mavs needed another reminder of what point guard they could have right now, Steve Nash will likely be lighting it up as usual against his former team. In the first Mavs/Suns game this season, the Mavs prevailed 108-105, but Nash had 21 points and 18 assists. Bottom line: you know Nash will be bringing his 'A' game tonight and the Mavs' brass will probably be bristling as usual.
Can Shaq run the floor with the Suns without collapsing a lung?
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd