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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

IND/Magic preview

Indiana, at 6-5 (3-3 road), comes to TDW Wednesday night to play the Magic, at 7-4 (5-1 home). IND is coming off a 93-88 victory over MIL Tues night, their second win in a row. Jermaine O'Neal led with 26 pts 13 rebs, Jamaal Tinsley 17 pts 9 assists, and Al Harrington grabbed 18 rebs.

Harrington leads IND in scoring with 18 ppg and 7.5 rebs. O'Neal averages 17 ppg and 9.3 rebs. Also averaging double figures is G Stephen Jackson at 11.3 ppg, and F Danny Granger at 11.1 ppg. Former Magic G Darrell Armstrong is averaging 6.3 ppg off the bench on 54.6% shooting. IND averages 94.6 ppg, and allows 97.4 ppg. The Magic average 96.6 ppg, while allowing 94.4 ppg.

The Magic have lost 4 games in a row to IND, and 5 out of 6 at home to the Pacers. IND beat the Magic 2 weeks ago 93-83, led by Al Harrington's 32 pts. The Magic will have to bounce back after blowing a 7 pt lead with 5 1/2 minutes remaining against MEM on Mon. The Pacers have come from behind their last two wins, so the Magic will have to play a 48 minute game and BHill will hopefully make better use of the bench than he did against MEM. No line out yet, but the Magic will be favored.

3 Comments:

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Before I get to the IND's game I transferred this earlier post over to give it proper attention:

    "Hey Introvert316. I am glad that you are back. We missed your insights. Don't you ever go on a long sabbatical without proper warning!

    As for Mike, the ultimate optimist, I would agree with you about the prospect of the Magic despite the shortcomings of the coach, and I have to add GM's since he shows no signs of correcting the coach, provided every thing in real life go in a linear manner. That, however, is not the case. Teams cannot lag along and hope that the current pace may hold. Unexpected events can cause bad shortfalls and ruin a team's prospect in a heart beat. Hill has this amazingly stupid idea of dividing games into sets of 5 shooting to win 3 out of 5. Even a high school coach can group games better than that!

    To me, as it stands right now, Bulls have a higher chance of turning their season around than Magic winning 48-50 games."

    Magic has a lot to deal with after a bad loss at MEM. They were up by 7 points with 5:33 minutes to go and got outscored 17-2. That is what I mentioned before in terms of allowing bad teams to hang around. Towards the end any team that gets hot has the potential to pull an upset. I predicted that Miller or Atkins may get hot, and I was 50% right.

    Against IND, however, I expect Dr. Jekyll to show up. Magic 92-87.

     
  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Matt your right,statistics say the magic are a better home team than road,and the fact that we had the pacers the first time and let the game slip away shows that we're at least as good as they are....BUT....The pacers seem like to me that they are a magic nemesis,i'm sure everybody would take dwight over jermaine,but mainly because of youth,but if you look at their offensive games,jermaine because he can shoot from the outside can give you 30+ point nights,dwight doesnt even attempt to shoot from the outside,which is why dwight consistently scores between 15-20 points,occasionaly getting 21,22 or 23,as i've stated before dwights game is some-what limited,and as long as the pacers have jermaine he's always going to be a tough match-up for dwight,then add in the fact that the pacers play small-ball and have a better coach,seems like a magic loss to me,of course i hope i'm wrong.

     
  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    GREAT BREAKING NEWS!

    We all have reason to be thankful! Pat Garrity injured his knee in practice. In turn, J.J. has been activated. That doesn't mean he'll play tonight, but it's one step closer. For a guy they say it 100% healthy, they are sure letting him come along A TAD to slow.

    To the game at hand... I'm not going to say a lot. I'm going to state the obvious. The Magic are coming off of a tough loss. Still, they had a day of rest. On the other side, the Pacers are on a back to back coming off a win. The Magic also suffered a tough loss to this same Pacers team a few weeks ago. We have plenty of reason to be up for this game, and I'm expecting a 10+ victory for the Magic. 104-93*

    *As long as Brian Hill doesn't try and use someone like Battie on Harrington.

     

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