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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Magic begin second half of season tonight against POR

The slumping Magic (24-17, 8-8 home), losers of 6 of their last 8 games and 13 of their last 21 games, their SE division lead down to 1 1/2 games over WAS, begin the season's second half against surging POR (24-15, 7-12 road). The TrailBlazers have won 19 of their last 22 games, and are coming off a 98-91 come-from-behind victory over hapless MIA FRI night. Brandon Roy scored 24 pts to lead POR.

The probable starting lineup for POR:

G... Steve Blake (7.6 ppg)
G... Brandon Roy (19.2 ppg, 5.7 rebs)
F... Martell Webster (10.9 ppg)
F... LaMarcus Aldridge (17.8 ppg, 7.4 rebs)
C... Joel Przybilla (4.9 ppg, 7.3 rebs)

Top reserves: Jarrett Jack (9.9 ppg); James Jones (9.8 ppg); Channing Frye (6.6 ppg); Sergio Rodriguez (2.8 ppg)

POR is averaging 97.1 ppg, while allowing 95.5 ppg. ORL is averaging 103.5 ppg, while allowing 100.7 ppg.

Jameer Nelson may not play for the Magic tonight, due to the strained tendon in his foot.

The Magic are one of only three teams to win in POR this season, and have beaten POR 5 of the last 6 overall. Magic are 5 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).

2 Comments:

  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good test for the Magic to begin the second half of the season against one of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Blazers had to work hard FRI night to beat MIA, while the Magic have had 2 days of rest, so that should work in their favor, but obviously it's no guarantee for the Magic to win.

    If the Magic are as lax as they were in the second half against CHA on WED, POR will win easily.

    It's time for the Magic to stop talking about how much better they need to focus on defense and keeping their intensity, and to start performing that way on the court. Actions speak a lot louder than words!

    With Nelson probably unavailable, hopefully Arroyo will be ready to man the point tonight, and will do a good job of running the offense and distributing the ball, with Dooling as the backup.

    We'll see if the Magic learned anything from their disheartening loss to the Bobcats... Magic by 4.

     
  • At 6:12 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    With this team success seems to come when the rotation is good and we use alot of bodies,so if thats the case,carlos and keyon should play the point and we should see JJ get some action(i hate that injury is the only way we get a chance to see JJ play),and one of the two need to play more minutes,augustine for energy or cook for his scoring from outside the arc ability.

     

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