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Despite a Shuffled Roster, Legends hold off the Bulls

Despite a Shuffled Roster, Legends hold off the Bulls

After a few days off following a victory against the Hustle on Monday, the Legends were back on the court tonight against the Windy City Bulls.

Though they hadn’t played since Monday, it’s been an active week for the Legends. On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Wade Baldwin IV would be recalled by the Portland Trailblazers after rehabbing his thumb injury in Frisco with the Legends. 

To add to the departure of Baldwin, Johnathan Motley, who was just named the G-League Player of the Month for January, was recalled by the Mavericks while Kyle Collinsworth was sent down to the Legends in return. 

The first half began very sloppy for both teams, making careless turnovers and missing open shots. But each team picked up their play in the second quarter. Donald Sloan and Kyle Collinsworth were able to dictate the offensive flow, giving the Legends a 55-43 lead at the half.

In the third, the Bulls began cutting into the Legends lead. Ryan Arcidiacono had a pair of three point plays, helping Windy City cut the deficit to eight points going into the fourth as Donald Sloan began to catch fire for the Legends. 

Despite a mirage of three pointers by the Bulls in the fourth, the Legends held on to win 111-102. Donald Sloan led the way with a game-high 26 points. In his first game back from the Mavericks, Kyle Collinsworth scored himself triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. 

Like the Legends, the Bulls also had six players in double figures, led by Mychal Mulder with 18 and Ryan Arcidiacono who had 15 points and 12 assists. 

“We lose two guys who play significant minutes, you know? It’s next man up. It’s an old saying but it’s true,” Coach MacKinnon stated postgame on the roster turnover this week as Johnathan Motley and Wade Baldwin IV were called up to the NBA. “The change is every day and we’ll have more change coming up in the next week or two.”

With Baldwin being called up and Collinsworth moving back and forth between leagues, Donald Sloan has remained the constant in the Legends backcourt of recent.

“That’s the G-League, man. There’s turnover constantly,” Sloan said on the shuffled Legends roster. Coach Mac added his two cents but regarding Sloan being called up, “He’s an NBA-level point guard. How he’s not in the league is beyond me.” 

The Legends have a quick turnaround as the Austin Spurs make their way to Frisco tomorrow night. 

 

Born & raised in the Dallas area. Recent graduate at UNT. I've been a MFFL since Michael Finley was doing cart wheels in the 1997 NBA Dunk Contest; or attempting a cart wheel. Love you Fin! Just a hoops nerd who loves his Dallas Mavericks.

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