I’ll try to keep this short, as I’m in Atlanta. The reason for my brevity should be obvious. Of course, I couldn’t be short if I tried, so we’ll see how successful I am.
It’s a very busy night for the Atlanta sports fans. Georgia Tech kicked things off with the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The Jackets lost to Air Force, 14-7. That was an appetizer for the main event, tonight’s MNF game between the Falcons and Saints. The third quarter just started with the Falcons behind 10-7. I went into why this was so important in my post yesterday. So far, I’m doing a good job keeping it short.
That leads us to the Hawks-Bucks game, easily the forgotten game in this series. It’s a shame. The Hawks won, 95-80 with another good game from Al Horford, who had 18. Atlanta took a big lead in the early going, briging to mind last night, when they couldn’t hold a similar edge over the Hornets. I was pretty sure this lead would collapse too – factoring in the travel and the back-to-back games. When the Bucks started to cut into that lead, I was sure it would happen.
But I was wrong, and I can admit it.
Atlanta turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, holding the Bucks to 13 points and 25% shooting (37% for the whole game). It was like New Orleans taught them a lesson: Make sure you have enough gas to force bad shots and crash the offensive glass. It was a good outing. The only question is if they can maintain for a grueling West Coast swing that starts after the Warriors visit Atlanta Wednesday.
Two quick notes before I get back to MNF. The win snapped a five-game losing streak, and rookie Pape Sy will report to Utah in the D-League, where he can actually play. I kept it under 400 words. It’s not ready for Twitter, but it’s a start.
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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.