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The Atlantic Files #158: All Hail OG Anunoby

Alex Fischbein September 5, 2020


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This week on The Atlantic Files:

You read the title correctly, the theme until the next game of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics series is ‘All hail OG Anunoby!’ While he’s saving the Raptors season, some others have ended while the rest keep fighting for the coveted championship trophy and rings.

The Celtics and Raptors are in a 2-1 series after the OG Anunoby game-winner on Thursday night. Other than the first game, the series has been close and it feels as though the scales could tip either way at any moment. Both coaches have been fantastic and both defenses have been ready to scrap and fight. Hopefully, we’re in for a good seven-game series with these two.

Jimmy Butler called out Giannis Antetokoumpo for his defense. Calling him the ‘best help defender’ in the league. This introduces an interesting point and now has stirred up some interesting comparisons. Could Ben Simmons and Giannis Antetokounmpo be the same player?

In the Western Conference, the playoffs have always been a bloodbath. This year is no different as the Clippers had to scrap to get through the Mavericks and the Nuggets just barely got through the Jazz. Now, the semifinals have kicked off and both Los Angeles teams look primed to kick it up another notch.

Finally, we take a look back at some of the predictions from the beginning of the season and see how they worked out. On top of that, it was time to speak to some of the awards given out for the regular season.

That and more in the episode below!

Timestamps:

3:05 – OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics series

19:15 – How good is Giannis Antetoukounmpo’s defense?

28:30 – Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder series

31:00 – New York Knicks may have been correct with Kristaps Porzingis

35:15 – Revisit preseason predictions and awards

 

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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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