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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Magic/Knicks preview

After six days off due to All-Star Weekend, the Magic (27-26, 9-16 road, 7th East) get started on a very busy 8 games in 12 days stretch that starts TUE night against the NY Knicks (23-30, 13-13 home, 10th East). NY is coming off a 120-101 loss WED night at GS. G Nate Robinson led NY with 23 pts, and former Magic G Steve Francis, in his third game back from injury, had a season-high 9 assists.

NY is led in scoring by C Eddy Curry, who is averaging 19.6 ppg on 58.1% FG and 7 rebs; G Jamal Crawford 17.9 ppg; G Stephon Marbury 14.1 ppg, 5.6 asts; G/F Quentin Richardson 13.2 ppg, 7.4 rebs; F David Lee 11.2 ppg on 61.2% FG and 10.6 rebs; F/C Channing Frye 10.2 ppg, 5.4 rebs; and Francis 9.7 ppg, 4.1 asts. NY is averaging 100.1 ppg while allowing 102.2 ppg. The Magic average 94.3 ppg while allowing 93.4 ppg. In DHoward's last 5 games, he is averaging 25.6 ppg on 81.2% FG and 11.2 rebounds.

Despite a win over POR in their last game, the Magic have lost 4 of their last 6 games and 12 of their last 14 road games. However, GHill should be ready to return after missing over 2 weeks due to injury. NY has already matched its season win total from last season, and is 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Knicks beat the Magic 94-86 in ORL earlier this month. The Magic have beaten NY in 4 of their last 6 meetings, and 6 of their last 9 meetings in Madison Square Garden. No line out for the game yet (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 7:36 AM, Blogger Matt said…

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  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Magic needs to win this game moving into a tough schedule which includes a back-to-back with DET, and then playing DET at home on Friday night. Our frontline, of hopefully Dwight and Darko, should show better not allowing Eddy Curry to dominate, as he did in Orlando not long ago.

  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    My thoughts exactly,the last time we played them grant was out and darko wasnt a starter,i expect this game to be alot different,the perimeter of grant and hedo should be alot better because of their height with darko and dwight erasing shots if the offensive player beats someone off of the dribble,we also should give a much better offensive performance than we did the last time around,the only difference with our team now is this,with darko as a starter and battie being out,we have to rely more on pat and bo now as bench production fron the back-up big positions,they can be streaky as well as carlos and keyon,and under this coach those four are gonna play a ton of minutes for the time being,so we'll see how much they can help the starters.The sentinel reported that carlos and keyon will return to the backcourt as partners at the one and two,now unless we incurr a whole bunch a foul trouble at the perimeter positions,JJ minutes are gonna shrink back down to nothin,keith will probably be slotted more as the back-up three with trevor still out.

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Knicks are 2 pt favorites to beat the Magic.

    For the reasons Matt and Big Figure stated, I agree the Magic should play a lot better than they did in ORL against the Knicks and should prevail tonight.

    With a whole slew of games coming against +.500 teams, games like tonight against an improved but sub-.500 team are almost must-win games for the Magic if they are to be any threat at all in the post-season.

    I'm not happy with Redick's minutes probably being reduced with Dooling back. It'll be interesting to see how BHill distributes the minutes to the players tonight.

  • At 8:22 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm hoping Dwight doesn't show any fatigue tonight. If he's ready to go, I think the team will bounce back after what happened the last time we played the Knicks. Magic by 6.


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