After Orlando’s demolition of Atlanta in the playoffs, this counts as a very positive development. Atlanta knocked off Orlando tonight 91-81, to put last night’s loss to New Jersey in the rear view mirror, where it belongs. I’ve gone on and on about how the Hawks haven’t been able to beat a team with a winning record, but Orlando is the exception to the rule. Yes, the Magic did pull off those big trades. Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu (Part II, Electric Boogaloo) are in town but the league didn’t clear them for play until shortly before the game so Arenas came off the bench. I’m not sure if they had a practice together, which only proves something Miami understands better than most - chemistry can not be forced. It takes time.
Al Horford continues his stellar play, with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Williams managed 12 coming off the bench which represented more bench scoring than the entire output against the Nets. (Unfortunately, the bench contributed 16 points). This is a growing concern but progress is being made.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but the Magic only dressed 9 players. Atlanta moves into second place, three behind the front-running Heat.
After the game, I switched it to Ice Bowl II, better known as the Vikings-Bears. Chicago is up 20-7 in the third. ESPN had video of members of those Vikings teams in the 1970′s with Coach Bud Grant carried around by his former players… sporting short sleeves. I hope the video is wrong, because that is insane. It’s fifteen below! That’s why they made a dome in the first place. (As I’m typing this, Devin Hester ran a punt back for a score, making it 27-7. It had been rumored that the Vikings floated the idea of playing this game in the Georgia Dome, as they didn’t want any other possible site in the Midwest to turn into a Bears home game. Apparently they didn’t know that Atlanta has more transplanted Chicagoans than any place I know. When the Braves host the Cubs, they all come out of the woodwork. Note to Viking owner Zygy Wilf, if you play the game anywhere but in Minnesota, it’ll be a Bear home game. It’s a good thing this will be the last home game for the Vikings this season. We can only hope Brett Favre’s retirement sticks this time.
The Hawks host Cleveland in a home game Wednesday then return the day after Christmas at New Orleans. A couple of winnable games. Let’s see what they can do.
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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.