Okay, I turn on SportsSouth’s coverage of the Hawks-Bucks game tonight. Now remember, in Atlanta there are two networks with the exact same mission and almost the same name. It’s very complicated, and I don’t have time to go into it now. But you have to realize, if it’s not on one, then it’s on the other. I turn it on and I see Atlanta up by 13. It’s still the first quarter, but I’m very confident that the Hawks are able to put the right foot forward. After all, they lost two close games to the Suns and Magic on consecutive days. I thought this would be a testament to the mental aspect of the team to be able to come back and take out a Buck squad that some people think might contend in the Central. I believe SI picked them to win that division. My new SI came in the mail, and I just finished paying the renewal notice for my subscription. And then, oh boy. I look up after finishing their analysis of why the people running the bowls will do anything to stop a playoff (and, to my astonishment, I discovered I could’ve bought a ticket to the 2009 Music City Bowl between Vanderbilt and Boston College for 19. Cents. – Stubhub, you rock.) and see Milwaukee up by 15 at the break. They coasted from there to win, 108-91. If you ever get outscored 67-33 in the second and third quarters, odds on, you’re going to lose.
It was bench play that paced the Bucks. Corey Maggette had sixth man duty and played the most minutes, and was also the leading scorer with 20. Ersan Ilyasova had 17 as well. Atlanta also had a bench player lead the team in scoring, as Zaza Pachulia had 16. Al Horford had 14, and Joe Johnson had 13. Milwaukee took more field goals than Atlanta, and couldn’t miss to start the second period. That allowed the Bucks to get comfortably ahead, force Atlanta to press, and they were able to stay ahead. Atlanta outscored the Bucks by 12 in the final frame, but it was too little, too late.
The small forward situation is concerning me. Mo Evans should be back later this week, and it will give Larry Drew some versatility, but the team has lost three in a row. A leader needs to step up and refuse to make it four. But the Jazz come in on Friday. They had that amazing quarter against Miami and are currently playing Orlando tough. There’s a reason Jerry Sloan has stayed in the league for so long.
Well, I was officially hired in a full-time capacity yesterday. I’m not going to say with who, but it does depend on a background check, so I don’t want anything in this column to come back and haunt me. It is a weight off my shoulders, and I’m glad to be off the dole. It was about eight months, and in this economy you should be grateful for any job. I hope to still be able to do my sports play-by-play. I also want to keep this column going, but we’ll see how things progress.
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Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.