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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Magic/MIN preview

The Magic (2-1), on the second game of their four game road trip, take on the rebuilding T-Wolves (0-2) tonight. MIN is coming off a 97-93 loss at NY, with Al Jefferson scoring 16 pts.

The probable MIN lineup:

G... Sebastian Telfair (9.0 ppg, 6.0 asts)
G... Rashad McCants (18.0 ppg)
C... Theo Ratliff (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rebs)
F... Ryan Gomes (14.0 ppg, 5.5 rebs)
F... Al Jefferson (16.0 ppg, 12.5 rebs)

Usual starting PG Randy Foye is injured and out indefinitely. Top reserves: G Greg Buckner (11.5 ppg); F Craig Smith (9.0 ppg); F Antoine Walker (2.0 ppg).

Through three games, the surprise for the Magic is HTurkoglu leading the team in scoring at 22.0 ppg; RLewis has been solid at 21.7 ppg; and DHoward at 16.3 ppg, 13.3 rebs.

The Magic are 6 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).

5 Comments:

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    One of the most frustrating things about last season's Magic team under Brian Hill was the fact they lost so many road games to mediocre teams, teams the Magic should have beaten. Under Coach SVG, the Magic should be much improved in that aspect.

    That being said, the T-Wolves have been competitive in their first two games, and shouldn't be taken lightly by the Magic.

    The Magic haven't played since SAT, and they should be ready and refreshed for this game. I expect a competitive game from the T-Wolves, but I also expect a Magic victory... say by 8 pts.

     
  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Since we're only 3 games in, and our bench has been anything but impressive, I still feel uneasy going into tonight’s game.

    The T-Wolves have yet to win. The Magic are a little banged up apparently. Ariza, Redick, and Garrity are all nursing injuries.

    Foyle is expected to play a lot tonight to help out with Jefferson and Ratliff.

    Regardless what happens there, I expect the Magic starting 5 to have their way.

    Magic by 10...

     
  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Here are some quick stats heading into tonight’s game that Magic fans will like to see:

    Turnovers:
    Last Season: 16.3
    Current Season: 12.0

    Free Throws:
    Last Season: 70%
    Current Season: 76%

    3PA’s:
    Last Season: 28 three games in…
    Current Season: 70 three games in…

    We’re averaging 23.3 3PA’s a game, in comparison to 11.7 last season.

    The Magic have the green light on the 3-ball, and they proving they should, they’re shooting .429% as a team from behind the arc! We have three players in the starting rotation shooting over .50%!

    Now I know we’re only three games into the regular season, but I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single person in Orlando who misses Brian Hill...besides Mike Bianchi...and he’s an idiot.

     
  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Injury Update:

    Jameer Nelson will not play tonight. He suffered a concussion in practice.

    J.J. Redick was sent him for the rest of the road trip due to back spasms.

    Pat Garrity will play tonight.

     
  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Wow, tough break for Jameer... let's hope that Dooling and Arroyo can get the job done at PG tonight.

     

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