Enter the Dragan - [10-4] Another loss in Texas

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Enter the Dragan - [10-4] Another loss in Texas

Postby Phil89 on Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:09 pm

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It's nice to see some activity in this section once again. I figured that I'd jump on the bandwagon and start fresh with a new team.

Phoenix were an attractive option because of their core of young players, in particular Devin Booker and Dragan Bender. I also wanted to play in the western conference again after playing with Washington and Philadelphia.

I'm hoping that I can eventually bring the Suns that elusive first championship (Y)


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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:09 pm

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Golden State won series 4-0
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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:18 pm

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Productive off-season has spirits high in Phoenix

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Draft Night Delight For Suns


The Phoenix Suns entered the 2016 NBA draft with four of the top thirty-five selections. Surprisingly though, their fans didn't appear to hold any great expectations for the night. This was mainly due to the fact that they held the fourth pick in a draft that was widely considered to have only two stand-out talents in it. Most of their fans lost a bit of enthusiasm after the lottery draw saw them fail to rise up the draft order, which effectively ruled them out of the Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram sweepstakes.

Interestingly, the whole mood of those fans changed when NBA commissioner Adam Silver read out Dragan Bender's name at pick number four. Suddenly they felt like they had a guy on their team who seemingly had the potential to turn into anything. A seven-footer who has the length to develop into an excellent defensive anchor for the team, but also possesses amazing passing and ball-handling ability for his size.

The media had speculated about who would roll the dice on selecting the seven-foot Croatian leading up to the draft and it was Phoenix who swung for the fences. Perhaps the emergence of Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis as a genuine future superstar during his rookie NBA season with the Knicks convinced Suns general manager Ryan McDonough to take the gamble on Bender, in the hope that he could have a similar rapid rise at NBA level. Porzingis has completely redefined the center position during his short time in the NBA.


Despite having already filled the biggest need for his roster by drafting Bender, McDonough decided to further bolster his big man stocks by agreeing a trade with Sacramento that saw the Suns acquire the 8th overall pick, Marquese Chriss. The Kings received pick 13 (Georgios Papagiannis), pick 28 (Skal Labissiere), the Suns' 2020 second round pick and the draft rights to Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is currently playing in Turkey with Fenerbahce.

Chriss, a physically gifted forward who played just one season with the Washington Huskies, was touted as a potential top three pick at various stages over the past year, so the Suns certainly did well to land him at pick 8. He was viewed as a risky prospect by some experts because he still has a lot of developing to do in regards to his scoring capability. His athletic ability is unquestionable, but the Suns' decision to take him so with this pick will be judged on how well they develop him into a reliable offensive player over the next few seasons.


Phoenix rounded off their draft night by selecting Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis with pick 34. Clearly McDonough felt that it was necessary to secure an insurance policy at the point guard position in case injury-plagued duo Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight broke down in the future. What Ulis lacks in height, he sure makes up for with heart, and character. He was highly regarded during his time with the Wildcats and will bring a bit of leadership to a young team in Phoenix. Ulis becomes the fifth Kentucky guard to join the Suns, after Bledsoe, Knight, Booker and Archie Goodwin.



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Exciting Partnership Begins


Part of the excitement surrounding the acquisition of Bender was centered around the prospect of his future alongside rising star Devin Booker. The former Kentucky Wildcat guard was arguably the steal of the 2015 draft at pick 13. He averaged about 14 points per game in his rookie season as he played all but six of the Suns games. Some commentators are already calling him the next star shooting guard in the league, saying that he is poised to take the challenge up to James Harden and Klay Thompson.

Booker is a similar type of player to Klay. He is a silky shooter and is a good size for a shooting guard, which should enable him to become a solid two-way player in the future if he puts the work in. Certainly Phoenix fans are pinning a lot of their hopes on him to become a genuine superstar calibre player and lead their team to that elusive first NBA championship. And now that Bender has arrived, he'll be able to take some of that burden of expectations off Booker's shoulder and allow him to just focus on playing basketball.



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Familiar Faces Return


After their positive results on draft night, Phoenix then looked to strengthen their roster even further with some experienced free agent signings. Versatile forward Jared Dudley returned for his second stint with the franchise, signing a 3-year deal worth $30 million. Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa also returned to Phoenix on a 2-year deal worth $8 million, marking his third spell with the team. Both players should add a nice boost to the Suns' offensive power next season and take some pressure off of Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe.

The free agency period also saw several role players leave the Suns, including Jon Leuer (Detroit), Ronnie Price (Oklahoma City), Chase Budinger (Brooklyn) and Mirza Teletovic (Milwaukee). Phoenix management and fans both appear confident that the new arrivals will more than cover the loss of those who have departed. On paper, it certainly looks like they have upgraded.



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Rookie Coach Is Ready


The Suns appointed interim head coach Earl Watson to the position full-time in late April on a three-year contract. He will begin his first full season in charge this October and is hoping to get them into the fight for the eighth seed in the western conference. It won't be an easy task though, given that it has been six long years since the Suns last appeared in the playoffs.

Watson is optimistic about his team's chances, however, telling ESPN this week "We don't want to put any extra pressure on ourselves, but we feel that we have a good mix of youth and experience on this team and that if we all give our best then reaching the playoffs is a reachable target."

"The young guys are learning a lot from the older guys and at the same time the older guys are feeding off the youthful energy in the group and really buying into our project."

Watson is only a rookie coach, but he has already earned a reputation for prioritising defense above all else. It is a good place to start with such a young team. The defensive potential that the Suns possess is very impressive, especially with the length of Tyson Chandler, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Alex Len. In a couple of years they could easily be a top five defensive team in the league.

Much of the scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker until the likes of Len, Bender and Chriss further develop their offensive skills. Veteran Jared Dudley will play a key role, with his ability to stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting and create space for Bledsoe and Brandon Knight to drive into.

TJ Warren will need to take the next step in his development and become the reliable 15-20 point per game scorer that the Suns desperately need. PJ Tucker, Tyson Chandler and Archie Goodwin will also have vital roles coming off the bench. They will need to keep the scoreboard ticking over when the stars are resting.


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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Valor on Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:26 pm

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Whenever I see Phoenix, I think of this. :lol:

All jokes aside, Suns are a good young team to work with, will be interesting to see how you build them into a contender for sure.

Booker-Dragan duo hell yeah :headbang:
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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Lamrock on Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:26 pm

Cool! Your previous threads were great. The Suns are an interesting team to pick - they have some good pieces, vets and youth alike, but no real identity. Will be interesting to see what direction you go in.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:17 pm

Valor wrote:[ Image ]
Whenever I see Phoenix, I think of this. :lol:

All jokes aside, Suns are a good young team to work with, will be interesting to see how you build them into a contender for sure.

Booker-Dragan duo hell yeah :headbang:

Lamrock wrote:Cool! Your previous threads were great. The Suns are an interesting team to pick - they have some good pieces, vets and youth alike, but no real identity. Will be interesting to see what direction you go in.

The Booker and Bender combo is really what made me choose Phoenix. I was tempted to go back to OKC, but this felt like more of a challenge.


I'm going to keep the roster together for now and aim for the playoffs. If we're struggling at the trade deadline I may look to dump Dudley and/or Chandler to create more cap space. Maybe one of the point guards too.

I just want to get a sense of what I'm working with before I make any changes.
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Re: Enter the Dragan - A new era is dawning in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:18 pm

26/10/16

Phoenix Suns [0-0] vs Sacramento Kings [0-0]

Suns fall short in season opener against Kings

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PHX - 27 25 24 26 102
SAC - 29 30 27 24 110

Player of the Game: DeMarcus Cousins
(21pts, 12reb, 1ast, 2stl, 2blk)
(9-14 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Rudy Gay - 22
Darren Collison - 22
DeMarcus Cousins - 21
Anthony Tolliver - 15
Devin Booker - 13
Alex Len - 12
Dragan Bender - 12
Archie Goodwin - 12
TJ Warren - 11
Tyson Chandler - 11
Eric Bledsoe - 10
Marquese Chriss - 9
Ty Lawson - 8

Rebounds
DeMarcus Cousins - 12
Tyson Chandler - 9
Alex Len - 8
Kosta Koufos - 7
Anthony Tolliver - 7

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 8
Arron Afflalo - 5
Matt Barnes - 5
Jared Dudley - 5

Steals
Eric Bledsoe - 5
Rudy Gay - 4
Matt Barnes - 3
DeMarcus Cousins - 2
Anthony Tolliver - 2
Tyson Chandler - 2

Blocks
Tyson Chandler - 3
DeMarcus Cousins - 2
Alex Len - 2




Simmed Game

OKC - 33 24 34 32 123
PHX - 29 19 21 27 196

POTG: Russell Westbrook (29pts, 10reb, 18ast, 4stl)

Record: 0-2
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Re: Enter the Dragan [0-2] - Tough start to the new season

Postby Phil89 on Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:36 pm

30/10/16

Phoenix Suns [0-2] vs Golden State Warriors [2-0]

Superstar Warriors steamroll young Suns by 50 points

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PHX - 22 18 23 33 196
GSW - 39 46 31 30 146

Player of the Game: Stephen Curry
(32pts, 4reb, 5ast, 2stl)
(9-15 FG, 7-12 3PT, 7-7 FT)


Top Scorers
Stephen Curry - 32
Kevin Durant - 24
Klay Thompson - 20
Alex Len - 20
Devin Booker - 13
Andre Iguodala - 13
Shaun Livingston - 13
David West - 12
Draymond Green - 11
Dragan Bender - 11
Tyler Ulis - 10
Brandon Knight - 9
Jared Dudley - 9
Zaza Pachulia - 8

Rebounds
Zaza Pachulia - 9
Dragan Bender - 8
David West - 7
Kevin Durant - 6
Tyson Chandler - 6
Devin Booker - 5
Alex Len - 5
Marquese Chriss - 5

Assists
Klay Thompson - 8
Shaun Livingston - 7
Stephen Curry - 5
Eric Bledsoe - 5

Steals
Zaza Pachulia - 3
Klay Thompson - 3
David West - 3
Stephen Curry - 2
Shaun Livingston - 2
Draymond Green - 2
Anderson Varejao - 2
Tyler Ulis - 2

Blocks
Jared Dudley - 2
Eric Bledsoe - 2




Simmed Game

LAC - 19 17 22 41 199
PHX - 22 21 27 31 101

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (28pts, 5reb, 3ast, 8stl, 3blk)

Record: 1-3



You really don't expect to lose by 50 points when you put up 96 yourself. This Warriors team is ridiculous :oops:
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Re: Enter the Dragan [1-3] - Tough day at the office

Postby Lamrock on Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:02 pm

I feel your pain, man. Still having nightmares about those pull-up threes.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [1-3] - Tough day at the office

Postby Phil89 on Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:18 pm

Lamrock wrote:I feel your pain, man. Still having nightmares about those pull-up threes.

What hurt the most was guys like Pachulia and Varejao getting easy baskets as a result of all the attention I had to give the superstars. It's impossible to beat them with all that offensive firepower.

I have to play them in Oakland in a few weeks as well. My goal will be to lose by 49 or less :cool:
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Re: Enter the Dragan [1-3] - Tough day at the office

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:19 pm

2/11/16

Phoenix Suns [1-3] vs Portland Trail Blazers [2-2]

Lillard and McCollum lead Blazers past Suns

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PHX - 25 25 27 22 199
POR - 28 31 28 40 127

Player of the Game: Damian Lillard
(31pts, 2reb, 9ast, 2stl)
(13-21 FG, 3-9 3PT, 2-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Damian Lillard - 31
CJ McCollum - 29
Jared Dudley - 20
TJ Warren - 16
Evan Turner - 14
Festus Ezeli - 13
Alex Len - 12
Devin Booker - 11
Meyers Leonard - 9
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Marquese Chriss - 9

Rebounds
Mason Plumlee - 11
Festus Ezeli - 7
Ed Davis - 7
TJ Warren - 6
Alex Len - 6
Meyers Leonard - 6
Allen Crabbe - 5

Assists
Damian Lillard - 9
CJ McCollum - 7
Eric Bledsoe - 7
Evan Turner - 6
Devin Booker - 5

Steals
Al-Farouq Aminu - 2
Meyers Leonard - 2
Shabazz Napier - 2
CJ McCollum - 2
Damian Lillard - 2
Festus Ezeli - 2


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Simmed Game

NOP - 27 27 26 19 199
PHX - 35 23 24 23 105

POTG: Devin Booker (31pts, 7reb, 5ast, 1blk)

Record: 2-4
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Re: Enter the Dragan [2-4] - Blazers' backcourt duo dominate in Phoenix

Postby Valor on Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:49 am

Ouch! Tough loss to Golden State! (Real life Suns almost won!) and Portland too :crazyeyes:

Devin Booker killing it against Pelicans :headbang:
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Re: Enter the Dragan [2-4] - Blazers' backcourt duo dominate in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:28 pm

Valor wrote:Ouch! Tough loss to Golden State! (Real life Suns almost won!) and Portland too :crazyeyes:

Devin Booker killing it against Pelicans :headbang:

One thing I didn't really think about when choosing Phoenix is that I have to play the Warriors four times a season :(
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Re: Enter the Dragan [2-4] - Blazers' backcourt duo dominate in Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:29 pm

6/11/16

Los Angeles Lakers [4-2] vs Phoenix Suns [2-4]

Suns throw away early lead and lose to Lakers in overtime

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LAL - 16 32 28 24 14 114
PHX - 27 23 25 25 19 108

Player of the Game: D'Angelo Russell
(24pts, 4reb, 7ast)
(8-18 FG, 1-4 3PT, 7-11 FT)


Top Scorers
D'Angelo Russell - 24
Alex Len - 20
Dragan Bender - 16
Yi Jianlian - 15
Brandon Ingram - 14
Jared Dudley - 12
Marquese Chriss - 12
TJ Warren - 11
Luol Deng - 11
Louis Williams - 10
Jordan Clarkson - 10
Larry Nance Jr - 10
Devin Booker - 10
PJ Tucker - 9
Timofey Mozgov - 9
Julius Randle - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 11
Tyson Chandler - 8
Brandon Ingram - 8
Timofey Mozgov - 6
Julius Randle - 6
Yi Jianlian - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
TJ Warren - 5
Larry Nance Jr - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 10
D'Angelo Russell - 7
Devin Booker - 6
Jared Dudley - 6
Brandon Knight - 5
Jordan Clarkson - 5

Steals
Yi Jianlian - 4
Brandon Ingram - 4
Luol Deng - 3
Timofey Mozgov - 3
PJ Tucker - 2
Julius Randle - 2
Louis Williams - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3
Jared Dudley - 2




Simmed Game

POR - 31 24 28 33 116
PHX - 28 19 27 23 197

POTG: CJ McCollum (33pts, 2reb, 5ast, 3stl)

Record: 2-6
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Re: Enter the Dragan [2-6] - Overtime heartache in L.A.

Postby Phil89 on Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:34 pm

9/11/16

Phoenix Suns [2-6] vs Detroit Pistons [7-0]

Suns fight hard to beat previously unbeaten Pistons in overtime

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PHX - 26 27 26 20 17 116
DET - 31 24 23 21 10 109

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(21pts, 13reb, 2ast, 3stl, 2blk)
(5-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 11-14 FT)


Top Scorers
Andre Drummond - 24
Alex Len - 21
Dragan Bender - 19
Tyson Chandler - 18
Reggie Jackson - 18
Devin Booker - 16
TJ Warren - 11
Jon Leuer - 11
Stanley Johnson - 11
Tobias Harris - 9
Boban Marjanovic - 9
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Marquese Chriss - 8
Marcus Morris - 8

Rebounds
Andre Drummond - 15
Alex Len - 13
Jon Leuer - 7
Tobias Harris - 6
Tyson Chandler - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
TJ Warren - 5
Reggie Jackson - 5

Assists
Reggie Jackson - 13
Brandon Knight - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 7
Devin Booker - 5

Steals
Alex Len - 3
Andre Drummond - 3
Devin Booker - 2

Blocks
Devin Booker - 3
Dragan Bender - 3
Andre Drummond - 2
Alex Len - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 32 24 33 24 113
BKN - 20 21 29 37 107

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (24pts, 4reb, 3ast, 1stl)

Record: 4-6
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Re: Enter the Dragan [4-6] - Overtime again! Better result this time

Postby Phil89 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:29 pm

13/11/16

Golden State Warriors [7-2] vs Phoenix Suns [4-6]

Huge margin adds insult to injury for Suns in Oakland

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GSW - 38 37 36 24 135
PHX - 29 27 25 16 197

Player of the Game: Kevin Durant
(41pts, 9reb, 3ast, 1stl)
(13-26 FG, 9-18 3PT, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 41
Klay Thompson - 30
Stephen Curry - 19
Alex Len - 18
Anderson Varejao - 13
Tyson Chandler - 12
Marquese Chriss - 12
Jared Dudley - 10
TJ Warren - 9
PJ Tucker - 8

Rebounds
Anderson Varejao - 11
Kevin Durant - 9
Zaza Pachulia - 9
Tyson Chandler - 6

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Ian Clark - 6

Steals
Zaza Pachulia - 4
Anderson Varejao - 3
Alex Len - 2
Klay Thompson - 2




Simmed Game

DEN - 25 27 21 16 89
PHX - 27 30 22 19 98

POTG: Brandon Knight (19pts, 6reb, 11ast, 1blk)

Record: 5-7




Both Booker and Bender got injured in the second quarter and sat out the rest of the game. Not that it really made any real difference against the unstoppable Warriors.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [4-6] - Overtime again! Better result this time

Postby Phil89 on Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:30 pm

14/11/16

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News: Suns young guns Devin Booker and Dragan Bender picked up injuries in loss to Warriors yesterday. Big blow for the team

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Booker will miss 1-2 weeks with sprained right knee. Bender out for 4-6 weeks with broken nose after copping Shaun Livingston elbow
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:13 pm

15/11/16

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News: Suns sign veteran Kevin Martin as injury replacement for Devin Booker. Martin signed on for one year on minimum salary

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Suns had to waive John Jenkins to open up a roster spot for Martin. Uncertain whether he will take starter role or come off bench
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Lamrock on Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:42 pm

Well I think Josh Jackson would be a great addition to your squad...
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:09 pm

Lamrock wrote:Well I think Josh Jackson would be a great addition to your squad...

He would, but I'm not giving up on my playoff dreams just yet. Even if Alex Len has to carry us there on his broad Ukrainian shoulders.

I wish I could figure out how to use Bledsoe and Knight more effectively on 2k17. For some reason my offense is the opposite of previous games and my main scorers are my big men, instead of the guards. It's something I've got to figure out before the season is over.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Lamrock on Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:56 am

Whenever I need a bucket, pick and roll cheese with Lillard or McCollum usually gets the job done. Bledsoe and Knight aren't quite as good but they're a similar tandem.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Phil89 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:48 pm

18/11/16

Indiana Pacers [6-6] vs Phoenix Suns [5-7]

Alex Len has career night as Suns scrape past Pacers

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IND - 25 31 24 20 100
PHX - 32 27 25 24 108

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(21pts, 18reb, 5ast, 1stl, 2blk)
(7-9 FG, 0-0 3PT, 7-9 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 21
Paul George - 20
TJ Warren - 18
Thaddeus Young - 17
Marquese Chriss - 16
Tyson Chandler - 13
Aaron Brooks - 13
CJ Miles - 10
Jeff Teague - 9
Myles Turner - 9
PJ Tucker - 9
Jared Dudley - 8
Eric Bledsoe - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 18
Al Jefferson - 9
Thaddeus Young - 8
Tyson Chandler - 6
Marquese Chriss - 6
Myles Turner - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 10
Alex Len - 5
Brandon Knight - 5
Jeff Teague - 5

Steals
Monta Ellis - 3
Al Jefferson - 3
Tyson Chandler - 2
Jeff Teague - 2
Thaddeus Young - 2

Blocks
Tyson Chandler - 2
Alex Len - 2




Simmed Game

PHI - 42 24 20 23 109
PHX - 30 30 30 23 113

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (26pts, 2reb, 8ast, 3stl, 1blk)

Record: 7-7



Paul George went down injured about 2 minutes into the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the game. It probably helped me win the game, but I did feel in control anyway before it happened.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [5-7] - Injuries + Big loss to Warriors = Bad day

Postby Phil89 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:57 pm

20/11/16

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Re: Enter the Dragan [7-7] - Alex Len has some fun in Indiana

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:17 pm

21/11/16

Washington Wizards [5-7] vs Phoenix Suns [7-7]

Suns withstand spirited comeback to win in Washington

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WAS - 22 21 19 31 193
PHX - 27 31 22 21 101

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(26pts, 11reb, 2ast, 2stl)
(10-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 26
John Wall - 19
Marquese Chriss - 17
Otto Porter - 17
Bradley Beal - 16
Markieff Morris - 14
Tyson Chandler - 13
Brandon Knight - 11
Eric Bledsoe - 10
PJ Tucker - 8
TJ Warren - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 11
Tyson Chandler - 7
Marquese Chriss - 5
Marcin Gortat - 5
Ian Mahinmi - 5
Markieff Morris - 5

Assists
Brandon Knight - 8
John Wall - 7
Trey Burke - 5

Steals
Otto Porter - 3
John Wall - 3
Alex Len - 2
Ian Mahinmi - 2
Marcus Thornton - 2

Blocks
Tyson Chandler - 2




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ORL - 24 20 28 26 88
PHX - 28 22 16 26 92

POTG: Kevin Martin (31pts, 2reb, 3ast)

Record: 9-7
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Re: Enter the Dragan [7-7] - Alex Len has some fun in Indiana

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:19 pm

23/11/16

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This comes just 9 days after both Booker and Bender ruled out for multiple weeks. Suns medical staff working overtime already
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Re: Enter the Dragan [9-7] - Win in Washington + More injuries

Postby Valor on Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:08 pm

Ouch, so many key injuries...Suns training staff losing their mystique? Doing well record wise though!

Will Bender come back as the masked man? :cool:
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Re: Enter the Dragan [9-7] - Win in Washington + More injuries

Postby Phil89 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:07 pm

Valor wrote:Ouch, so many key injuries...Suns training staff losing their mystique? Doing well record wise though!

Will Bender come back as the masked man? :cool:

It's gotten so ridiculous that I've actually had to turn down the injury frequency slider. It's hard to have a consistent game style if your team is missing key players all the time :(

Can you add masks to players? That would be cool.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [9-7] - Win in Washington + More injuries

Postby Phil89 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:10 pm

25/11/16

Phoenix Suns [9-7] vs Minnesota Timberwolves [5-9]

Suns storm home to beat Timberwolves

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PHX - 26 24 18 41 109
MIN - 24 26 25 29 104

Player of the Game: Alex Len
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(8-11 FG, 0-0 3PT, 11-14 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 27
Zach LaVine - 23
Andrew Wiggins - 18
Tyson Chandler - 15
Brandon Knight - 14
Eric Bledsoe - 13
Kris Dunn - 11
Gorgui Dieng - 11
Karl-Anthony Towns - 10
Nemanja Bjelica - 10
Kevin Martin - 9
TJ Warren - 8
Cole Aldrich - 8

Rebounds
Karl-Anthony Towns - 9
Alex Len - 8
Tyson Chandler - 8
Gorgui Dieng - 6

Assists
Zach LaVine - 10
Brandon Knight - 9
Eric Bledsoe - 7
Ricky Rubio - 5
Kevin Martin - 5

Steals
Nemanja Bjelica - 3
Jared Dudley - 2

Blocks
Karl-Anthony Towns - 2
Brandon Knight - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 13 19 34 19 85
DEN - 19 35 19 26 99

POTG: Will Barton (23pts, 10reb, 3ast, 2stl)

Record: 10-8




KAT fouled out with 3 minutes left in the game, which helped a bit. But this win was due to Len and Bledsoe coming up huge for me in the 4th quarter.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [9-7] - Win in Washington + More injuries

Postby Valor on Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:42 pm

Phil89 wrote:
Valor wrote:Ouch, so many key injuries...Suns training staff losing their mystique? Doing well record wise though!

Will Bender come back as the masked man? :cool:

It's gotten so ridiculous that I've actually had to turn down the injury frequency slider. It's hard to have a consistent game style if your team is missing key players all the time :(

Can you add masks to players? That would be cool.

Ah I was thinking about the old 2Ks where you can apply masks etc, too bad :|

Great 4th quarter to get the W, over .500!
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Re: Enter the Dragan [10-8] - Strong finish against Timberwolves

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:50 pm

30/11/16

Phoenix Suns [10-8] vs Atlanta Hawks [10-8]

Len continues his great form against the Hawks

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PHX - 31 26 21 33 111
ATL - 28 16 22 33 199

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(27pts, 7reb, 7ast, 1stl, 3blk)
(12-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-4 FT)


Top Scorers
Alex Len - 27
Kyle Korver - 17
Paul Millsap - 16
Kent Bazemore - 16
Eric Bledsoe - 16
Devin Booker - 13
TJ Warren - 12
Jared Dudley - 11
Dwight Howard - 11
Jarrett Jack - 10
Dennis Schroder - 9
Brandon Knight - 9
Kevin Martin - 9

Rebounds
Dwight Howard - 8
Alex Len - 7
TJ Warren - 6
Paul Millsap - 6
PJ Tucker - 5

Assists
Dennis Schroder - 15
Alex Len - 7
Jarrett Jack - 6
Brandon Knight - 6
Jared Dudley - 6

Steals
Paul Millsap - 2
Tiago Splitter - 2
TJ Warren - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 3




Simmed Game

GSW - 23 23 27 30 103
PHX - 21 13 28 20 183

POTG: Stephen Curry (31pts, 7reb, 8ast, 4stl)

Record: 11-9
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Re: Enter the Dragan [10-8] - Strong finish against Timberwolves

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:54 pm

1/12/16

November 2016 Summary

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Division Standings

Eastern Conference


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Western Conference


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Playoff Seeds & Power Rankings

Eastern Conference

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Western Conference

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Power Rankings

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League Leaders

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Monthly and Weekly Awards

Players of the Week
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Players of the Month
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Rookies Ranking

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Key Injuries

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Contract Extensions


23/11/16 - Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed Steven Adams (4 years / $100 million)
22/11/16 - Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed Victor Oladipo (4 years / $84 million)
22/11/16 - Minnesota Timberwolves re-signed Gorgui Dieng (4 years / $64 million)
23/11/16 - Utah Jazz re-signed Rudy Gobert (4 years / $102 million)
24/11/16 - Charlotte Hornets re-signed Cody Zeller (4 years / $56 million)
24/11/16 - Atlanta Hawks re-signed Dennis Schroder (4 years / $70 million)



Trades

Chicago Bulls received: Michael Carter-Williams
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Oklahoma City Thunder received: Jerami Grant
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Re: Enter the Dragan [11-9] - November Summary

Postby Valor on Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:58 pm

Paul George with another broken bone in the lower body, damn that guy's unlucky!

Assist leaders looking a bit...foreign, those are names you don't expect to be up that high!
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Re: Enter the Dragan [11-9] - November Summary

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:43 pm

Valor wrote:Paul George with another broken bone in the lower body, damn that guy's unlucky!

Assist leaders looking a bit...foreign, those are names you don't expect to be up that high!

Yeah, it sucks for him and the Pacers. They will probably miss the playoffs now without him.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [11-9] - November Summary

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:45 pm

3/12/16

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Len has been an integral part of Suns early season push for a playoff spot. He has been their leader at both ends of the court
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Re: Enter the Dragan [11-9] - Injurypocalypse 2016 continues!

Postby Phil89 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:10 pm

6/12/16

Utah Jazz [11-11] vs Phoenix Suns [11-9]

Vintage performance from Chandler inspires Suns to win in Utah

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UTA - 26 19 15 24 84
PHX - 28 16 19 28 91

Player of the Game: Tyson Chandler
(21pts, 13reb, 4ast, 3stl, 1blk)
(10-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-1 FT)


Top Scorers
Tyson Chandler - 21
Gordon Hayward - 19
Devin Booker - 16
Eric Bledsoe - 15
Derrick Favors - 14
Alec Burks - 13
Dante Exum - 12
TJ Warren - 12
Marquese Chriss - 10
Rodney Hood - 9
Joe Johnson - 9

Rebounds
Tyson Chandler - 13
Rudy Gobert - 10
Derrick Favors - 7
Marquese Chriss - 5

Assists
Dante Exum - 8
Jared Dudley - 6
Eric Bledsoe - 6

Steals
Alex Burks - 3
Derrick Favors - 3
Rudy Gobert - 3
TJ Warren - 3
Tyson Chandler - 3
Jared Dudley - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Shelvin Mack - 2
Rodney Hood - 2

Blocks
Rudy Gobert - 2


Bledsoe posterizes the Stifle Tower
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Simmed Game

PHX - 31 12 29 29 101
IND - 23 19 38 18 198

POTG: Brandon Knight (22pts, 5reb, 8ast, 2stl)

Record: 13-9




Bledsoe destroyed Gobert with 55 seconds left, when I was leading 81-79. It won me the game (Y)
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Re: Enter the Dragan [13-9] - Exciting finish in SLC

Postby Phil89 on Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:10 pm

9/12/16

Los Angeles Lakers [9-15] vs Phoenix Suns [13-9]

Suns get revenge against Lakers for early season overtime loss

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LAL - 19 35 22 31 107
PHX - 25 29 29 28 111

Player of the Game: Tyson Chandler
(24pts, 8reb, 4ast, 1stl, 1blk)
(10-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 4-5 FT)


Top Scorers
Tyson Chandler - 24
Devin Booker - 18
Timofey Mozgov - 18
D'Angelo Russell - 16
Brandon Ingram - 16
Eric Bledsoe - 15
PJ Tucker - 15
Louis Williams - 13
TJ Warren - 10
Marquese Chriss - 10
Marcelo Huertas - 9
Jordan Clarkson - 9
Lyol Deng - 8
Julius Randle - 8

Rebounds
Timofey Mozgov - 8
Tyson Chandler - 8
Marquese Chriss - 6
Yi Jianlian - 5
Julius Randle - 5

Assists
Brandon Knight - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 10
D'Angelo Russell - 9
Jordan Clarkson - 5

Steals
Devin Booker - 3
Timofey Mozgov - 2
Larry Nance Jr - 2

Blocks
Eric Bledsoe - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 22 26 29 43 120
NOP - 25 17 26 28 196

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (30pts, 4reb, 2ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 15-9
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Re: Enter the Dragan [15-9] - Chandler steps up in Len's absence

Postby Lamrock on Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:26 am

I like how you replicated the real-life extensions. That's a huge advantage of myLeague.

Your team is proving resilient - seems you get better the more guys go down.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [15-9] - Chandler steps up in Len's absence

Postby Phil89 on Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:12 pm

13/12/16

Phoenix Suns [15-9] vs New York Knicks [12-12]

Len picks up where he left off as Suns stroll past Knicks

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PHX - 26 33 21 29 109
NYK - 25 22 22 25 194

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(24pts, 10reb, 5ast, 2stl, 2blk)
(9-11 FG, 0-0 3PT, 6-6 FT)


Top Scorers
Carmelo Anthony - 27
Alex Len - 24
Derrick Rose - 19
Kristaps Porzingis - 16
Mindaugus Kuzminskas - 14
Devin Booker - 14
Tyson Chandler - 12
Brandon Knight - 12
Eric Bledsoe - 12
Jared Dudley - 11
TJ Warren - 9
Marquese Chriss - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 10
Kyle O'Quinn - 9
Kristaps Porzingis - 8
Tyson Chandler- 6
TJ Warren - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 13
Derrick Rose - 8
Devin Booker - 6
Alex Len - 5
Kristaps Porzingis - 5

Steals
Kristaps Porzingis - 4
Alex Len - 2
Jared Dudley - 2

Blocks
Tyson Chandler - 3
Alex Len - 2
Jared Dudley - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 22 29 17 30 88
SAS - 23 33 11 32 99

POTG: Kawhi Leonard (22pts, 10reb, 2ast, 3stl, 3blk)

Record: 16-10

No idea what happened in the third quarter of that simmed game. Maybe both teams decided to only shoot left-handed or something.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [15-9] - Chandler steps up in Len's absence

Postby Phil89 on Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:17 pm

Lamrock wrote:I like how you replicated the real-life extensions. That's a huge advantage of myLeague.

Your team is proving resilient - seems you get better the more guys go down.

Yeah, I like how you can edit contracts. It helps me keep a sense of realism to the game's sometimes dodgy contract offers.

It's weird how the team is playing better with so many guys injured. I think it's more to do with me being more comfortable playing on superstar difficulty now, though.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [16-10] - Len returns in style

Postby Phil89 on Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:53 pm

17/12/16

Oklahoma City Thunder [17-9] vs Phoenix Suns [16-10]

Bender plays well on return, but Suns fall just short in OKC

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OKC - 22 31 27 20 100
PHX - 21 24 28 26 199

Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook
(27pts, 5reb, 7ast, 3stl)
(11-29 FG, 2-10 3PT, 3-3 FT)


Top Scorers
Russell Westbrook - 27
Dragan Bender - 20
Marquese Chriss - 17
Enes Kanter - 17
Damontas Sabonis - 14
Eric Bledsoe - 14
Steven Adams - 13
Alex Len - 12
Devin Booker - 8
Jared Dudley - 8
Joffrey Lauvergne - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 9
Steven Adams - 8
Joffrey Lauvergne - 7
Dragan Bender - 7
Tyson Chandler - 6
Enes Kanter - 6
Damontas Sabonis - 5
Russell Westbrook - 5
Marquese Chriss - 5

Assists
Russell Westbrook - 8
Eric Bledsoe - 7
Brandon Knight - 6
Victor Oladipo - 6
Cameron Payne - 6
Devin Booker - 5

Steals
Enes Kanter - 4
Eric Bledsoe - 4
Tyson Chandler - 4
Russell Westbrook - 3
Steven Adams - 2

Blocks
Enes Kanter - 3
Dragan Bender - 2




Simmed Game

MIN - 19 22 24 33 198
PHX - 43 13 34 21 111

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (25pts, 3reb, 11ast, 6stl, 1blk)

Record: 17-11



Booker missed an open three on the buzzer :(
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Re: Enter the Dragan [17-11] - Tight game in OKC

Postby Valor on Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:24 pm

Man, time to fire those trainers of yours. (Or adjust the injury sliders!) You're not gonna be able to field a team at this rate!

Tough luck on the loss, Bender and Chriss combining for 37 is pretty good though (Y)
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Re: Enter the Dragan [17-11] - Tight game in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:41 pm

21/12/16

Phoenix Suns [17-11] vs Houston Rockets [17-12]

Bender and Len give Suns fans a glimpse of the future against Rockets

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PHX - 26 23 23 32 104
HOU - 19 17 28 19 183

Player of the Game: Alex Len
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(8-9 FG, 0-0 3PT, 2-2 FT)


Top Scorers
Dragan Bender - 25
Alex Len - 18
Patrick Beverley - 18
James Harden - 17
Ryan Anderson - 12
Brandon Knight - 12
Donatas Motiejunas - 11
Tyson Chandler - 10
Devin Booker - 10
Eric Bledsoe - 8
Jared Dudley - 8
Eric Gordon - 8

Rebounds
Clint Capela - 12
Alex Len - 10
Dragan Bender - 5
Nene - 5

Assists
TJ Warren - 6
Eric Bledsoe - 6
Alex Len - 6
Patrick Beverley - 6
James Harden - 6
Brandon Knight - 5

Steals
Patrick Beverley - 3
Clint Capela - 3
Ryan Anderson - 2
Nene - 2
Brandon Knight - 2
Devin Booker - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 4
Dragan Bender - 3
Tyson Chandler - 2




Simmed Game

PHX - 20 25 17 26 188
PHI - 12 30 30 30 102

POTG: Ben Simmons (15pts, 11reb, 14ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 18-12
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Re: Enter the Dragan [17-11] - Tight game in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:52 pm

Valor wrote:Man, time to fire those trainers of yours. (Or adjust the injury sliders!) You're not gonna be able to field a team at this rate!

Tough luck on the loss, Bender and Chriss combining for 37 is pretty good though (Y)

I already fired my head trainer earlier in the season and hired someone better. And I turned down the injury sliders. It didn't help much :lol: :cry:


The future is bright in Phoenix. I started this game thinking that Booker and Bender would be my main guys, but Alex Len and Marquese Chriss have proved very handy at both ends of the court as well.

I'm actually starting to like the idea of not going after any big name signings in the off-season now, and instead just developing the young talent that I've already got. It really just depends how far we go this season and how patient I can be.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [18-12] - Getting healthy, gaining momentum

Postby Wyze on Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:48 am

Three Sixers in the top-five rookie report... they're a problem and Ben Simmons let you know that in the simmed game. No doubt you will eventually be seeing them in the Finals.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [18-12] - Getting healthy, gaining momentum

Postby Phil89 on Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:10 pm

Wyze wrote:Three Sixers in the top-five rookie report... they're a problem and Ben Simmons let you know that in the simmed game. No doubt you will eventually be seeing them in the Finals.

They certainly have a bright future ahead of them. I wouldn't even be surprised to see them in the playoffs this season with the way they are rising through the eastern conference rankings at the moment.

Hopefully they become a powerhouse to challenge Cleveland in the east.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [18-12] - Getting healthy, gaining momentum

Postby Valor on Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:14 pm

Dragan Bender!! :headbang:
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Re: Enter the Dragan [18-12] - Getting healthy, gaining momentum

Postby Phil89 on Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:32 pm

26/12/16

Houston Rockets [17-14] vs Phoenix Suns [18-12]

Suns blowout Rockets for the second time in a week

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HOU - 21 23 19 29 192
PHX - 24 25 32 30 111

Player of the Game: Eric Bledsoe
(16pts, 4reb, 11ast, 4stl)
(6-6 FG, 0-0 3PT, 4-4 FT)


Top Scorers
James Harden - 19
Devin Booker - 18
Alex Len - 16
Eric Bledsoe - 16
Ryan Anderson - 16
Marquese Chriss - 15
Nene - 14
Eric Gordon - 12
TJ Warren - 11
Dragan Bender - 11
Brandon Knight - 10
Trevor Ariza - 8

Rebounds
Clint Capela - 12
Alex Len - 9
Marquese Chriss - 7
Nene - 7
Tyson Chandler - 6
Dragan Bender - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 11
Brandon Knight - 9
Patrick Beverley - 6

Steals
Clint Capela - 5
Eric Bledsoe - 4
Alex Len - 3
Nene - 3
Trevor Ariza - 3
Ryan Anderson - 2
PJ Tucker - 2

Blocks
Dragan Bender - 3
Tyson Chandler - 2
Marquese Chriss - 2
Corey Brewer - 2




Simmed Game

SAS - 30 15 29 30 104
PHX - 21 16 26 25 188

POTG: Kawhi Leonard (27pts, 6reb, 6ast, 5stl)

Record: 19-13
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Re: Enter the Dragan [18-12] - Getting healthy, gaining momentum

Postby Phil89 on Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:47 pm

Valor wrote:Dragan Bender!! :headbang:

Imagine a seven-footer being the best three point shooter on your team :cool: I love his outside shooting.

I'm hoping Bender and Booker can eventually become my versions of Porzingis and Klay Thompson.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [19-13] - Houston, we have a problem (again)

Postby Phil89 on Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:23 pm

29/12/16

Phoenix Suns [19-13] vs Toronto Raptors [15-16]

Bender and Len combine brilliantly again as Suns bet Raptors in overtime

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PHX - 21 26 23 19 24 113
TOR - 13 29 21 26 13 102

Player of the Game: Alex Len
(24pts, 12reb, 4ast, 2stl, 4blk)
(9-14 FG, 0-0 3PT, 6-7 FT)


Top Scorers
Dragan Bender - 28
Alex Len - 24
Jonas Valanciunas - 24
DeMar DeRozan - 22
Eric Bledsoe - 21
Jared Sullinger - 15
Kyle Lowry - 12
Patrick Patterson - 11
Devin Booker - 10
Tyson Chandler - 8

Rebounds
Alex Len - 12
Jonas Valanciunas - 11
Patrick Patterson - 10
DeMarre Carroll - 6
Dragan Bender - 6
Tyson Chandler - 6
Jared Sullinger - 5

Assists
Eric Bledsoe - 9
Kylw Lowry - 9
Devin Booker - 7
Dragan Bender - 6

Steals
Dragan Bender - 3
Patrick Patterson - 2
Terrence Ross - 2
Kyle Lowry - 2
Eric Bledsoe - 2
Alex Len - 2
Devin Booker - 2

Blocks
Alex Len - 4




Simmed Game

UTA - 21 24 23 27 95
PHX - 21 28 17 15 81

POTG: Gordon Hayward (30pts, 13reb, 3ast, 2stl, 1blk)

Record: 20-14




DeRozan missed a mid-range jumper on the buzzer. Bender and Len contributed 15 points in overtime.

Bender + Len combined for 52 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals, 4 blocks and only 1 turnover. I'm starting to feel like the only area I'll need to address over the off-season is at small forward.
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Re: Enter the Dragan [20-14] - Suns' twin towers star against Raptors

Postby Lamrock on Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:51 am

Who is your leading scorer on the year right now?
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