Center of Gravity

During an early season East Coast road trip, the Phoenix Suns learned something: Play Shaquille O'Neal and win. Don’t and get your ass handed to you. Case in point: four convincing victories against the Nets, Pacers, Grizzlies, and Milwaukee Bucks when Shaq wasn’t wearing $3,000 street clothes on the bench, one pasting at the hands of the normally lackluster Bulls when The Diesel fancied a one-game break. It’s a good bet that the Suns will go two-for-two against the boys from Thrillwaukee if Shaq plays during a rematch versus the Bucks.
Tue., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., 2008