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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Magic travel to ATL for first road game Sunday afternoon

The Magic (1-1) play a rare Sunday afternoon game during football season, going to ATL to face the 1-1 Hawks.

ATL is coming off a 102-92 victory against the Knicks Friday night, and was led by Joe Johnson's 30 pts, followed by former Magic C ZaZa Pachulia with 22 pts. Josh Childress added 12 pts off the bench, with former Magic G Ty Lue chipping in with 11 pts also off the bench. SF Josh Smith scored 11. The Hawks do have some athletic players, though not as talented as a whole like the Magic.

The Magic have lost their last 3 games played in ATL, and haven't won there since Nov. 2004. Now would be a great time to break that streak, coming off a disappointing home loss to PHI. Johnson really burned the Magic last season; so they better make sure all his shots are challenged. If not, he'll do the same thing that Kyle Korver and Iverson did to the Magic FRI night. Hopefully, BHIll will do a better job of preparing the Magic for this game.

I expect Dwight to come back and have a big game, as he is originally from the area around Atlanta. Hopefully, Darko will have the chance to play a lot more than he did against Philly. Magic must take better care of the ball and stay out of foul trouble. Carlos will hopefully be ready after sitting out Friday night. Magic are 3 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 4:53 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Only one thing would prevent me from watching the Magic or following the game online... and that's if the Chicago Bears are playing at the same time, which is the case this afternoon.

    Have a great Sunday everyone; here's hoping we can talk about a Magic victory later on!

  • At 7:03 AM, Blogger Brutal said…

    You have to wonder what the Hawks brass is thinking scheduling a 2pm tip off in November. Do they say "we could draw maybe 5,000 that afternoon if the Falcons are faltering?" Playing in Atlanta is like playing in a tomb in a good night when nothing else is going on. I expect a dead building and lots of empty seats.

    Orlando struggles here, and with a dead crowd (and i use the term loosly) they will have to pull motivation from within. A very winnable game which will come down to execution, defensive intensity and setting the tempo from the start.

    I will be interested to see how they come out. Win this one, get ready for Washington and Friday night will be forgotten. Lose today, tough one with the Wiz coming up, the team could see 1-3 and opening night will be forgotten.


  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Three keys to a magic victory-(1)Dont turnover the ball 23 times.(2)Dont turnover the ball 23 times.(3)Dont turnover the ball 23 times. 46 turnovers in two games is just way to much,take care of the ball and they'll win by ten,also we must play better against pachulia,he's been tough for us to handle.

  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

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  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Magic fans, it's the 4th quarter, stand and cheer; it's time for Pat Garrity to get his first playing time!!!

    Seriously, WTF...

    Apparently Darko is our backup center, and that's all in the eyes of Brian Hill. I understand Dwight has been in foul trouble, but Dwight is out there right now, and who does Brian Hill have out there with him? Is it Darko; no. Is it Battie; no again. Is it Bo; no. We're about 7 minutes into the 4th, and Garrity is approaching his 7th minute of play and is 0-3. Sure, the turnovers have been there again today. Sure there has been foul trouble. Sure, it's been an ugly game. But seriously, what the hell is wrong with Brian Hill? Everyone that talk’s basketball says Dwight and Darko compliment each other really well. How come they rarely play together? I guess it's like I said, in Brian Hill's eyes Darko is our backup center. I'm done talking...

    Wait, no I’m not. Brian Hill finally put in Darko, with a minute and a half left in the game, and down 10 points. Yeah, way to go coach, if you could have only figured it out a few minutes earlier. Dumb ass...

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Dwight and Darko played about 1 minute on the floor together today.

    At least Philly spanked Miami today... The NBA Chumps sure came in ready for the season. The Magic need to get in gear and try to get a few games up on the Heat.

  • At 9:02 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I do not know what to say. Hill had Garrity in when he did not have to since he couldn't hit any thing even if it was throwing water in the ocean. Then when he needed somebody to hit 3s late in the game instead of Garrity he had Darko in. Somebody is way too confused. But on the positive side, Hill looked very confident in his designer suit.


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