No worries, Chris, all you deteleted was some banter between me and PG. No big loss And now some games! And a big trade (at least in my opinion.)
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November 10, 2014
Toronto Dinos (4-0) @ Atlanta Eagles (1-2)
The game stayed close early as we fought for a signature early-season victory, leading 18-17 against Toronto with four minutes to play in the first quarter. But though we built six point leads twice in the game, we never capitalized on that, allowing Toronto to roar back, the Dinos taking a 31-33 lead on us with 6:44 to go in the first half. We fought hard enough to retake the lead and go into the half up 47-45, but this game was very much still in play with 24 minutes to go.
We opened the second half on an 8-2 run, creating our largest lead of the game at 55-47 with 8:44 to go in the third quarter. And over the next three minutes we blew things up, expanding the lead to 15 while Al Horford put a few more notches into the best game of his season thus far! At the end of three we led 75-57 and had this one well in hand, readying ourselves for clean-up as we took our first key upset of the season! Even though Toronto would outscore us 40-27 in the final quarter, we'd win this one in the end 102-97.
No chance to rest on our win though, as we have five of our next six games on the road over the next week and a half. If we don't find a way to get wins on the road, we'll soon be in serious trouble. Time for our team to step up and prove we're worthy of notice!
ATL Player of the Game: Al Horford (28 pts 14 reb 1 ast 2 stl)
ATL Honorable Mentions: DeMarre Carroll (15 pts 4 reb 1 ast); Kyle Korver (12 pts 5 reb 2 ast 2 stl)
November 12, 2014
Atlanta Eagles (2-2) @ Okahoma City Twisters (4-1)
Both teams came out fired up in this one, and though we held a ten point lead early, we went into the second quarter holding a much more tenuous 30-27 advantage over the 4-1 Twisters. Our offense inevitably cooled, and this became a pitched defensive battle, though after several minutes chasing their wind, we blew past the Twisters 47-46 on a Teague dunk with 2:14 to go in the half. We did trail, however, at the half by a 53-57 margin, that despite 17 points and four boards from Horford in the first half alone.
Through the third quarter it seemed all we could do to stay within two posessions, trailing 72-77 with 3:42 to go in the quarter. But Elton Brand nailed a deuce with 1:55 to go in the third, pulling us within three and for a moment it looked like we might hold things together. Then the bottom dropped out, Oklahoma City ran back to a ten point lead, and suddenly we had a quarter to play and no gas in the tank. They went on to crush us 99-114.
ATL Player of the Game: Al Horford (24 pts 9 reb 3 ast 2 stl)
ATL Honorable Mentions: Jeff Teague (17 pts 7 reb 10 ast); DeMarre Carroll (15 pts 4 reb 4 ast 2 stl)
Trade News: We've made a deal with San Antonio, sending us Tim Duncan in exchange for Paul Milsaup. The Outlaws will also be sending us their first round pick in 2015. This doesn't change much for us initially except that now we have Duncan, a veteran, to provide real consistent offense AND defense alongside Horford. And we'll have an additional first-rounder next year to help fill out our roster of guards.
Our updated roster:
PG - Jeff Teague (6'2” 180 lbs) 3.0/3.0
SG - Kyle Korver (6'7” 212 lbs) 2.5/2.5
SF - DeMarre Carroll (6'8” 225 lbs) 2.5/2.5
PF - Tim Duncan (6'11” 260 lbs) 4.0/4.0
C - Al Horford (6'10” 245 lbs) 4.5/4.5
6 - Jarrett Jack (6'3” 197 lbs) 2.0/2.0
7 - Ray Allen (6'5” 205 lbs) 2.0/2.0
8 - Thabo Sefolosha (6'7” 215 lbs) 2.0/2.0
9 - Elton Brand (6'9” 254 lbs) 1.5/1.5
10 - Shelvin Mack (6'2” 205 lbs) 1.5/1.5
11 - Kent Bazemore (6'5” 195 lbs) 1.5/2.0
12 - Mike Muscala (6'11” 230 lbs) 1.5/1.5
13 - Pero Antic (6'11” 260 lbs) 1.0/1.0
14 - Adreian Payne (6'10” 245 lbs) 1.0/1.5
15 - John Jenkins (6'4” 212 lbs) 1.0/1.0