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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Magic play host to Sixers Thursday night

It will be a battle of two teams who have not lived up to their preseason expectations so far in this young season. The Magic (2-2) played poorly against the Bulls, shooting only 41% from the field, 33% from three point range, 68% from the free throw line, and committed 19 turnovers, while nearly blowing a 17 point third quarter lead. Philadelphia (2-3), is coming off an embarrassing 23 point loss to Miami Wednesday night, where they committed a whopping 26 turnovers.

The Magic will have their first look at Elton Brand as a member of the 76ers, who signed with them as a free agent in the off-season.

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The Magic are 5 1/2 point favorites, and the game will be nationally televised on TNT at 8:00 eastern time.


  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I like the magic in this one. Philly plays with a pretty big line-up,if the magic can protect the ball and rebound,they should be able to get the ball up and down the court and run philly to death.

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Single wins or losses don't matter for the Magic. Let's assume that we are going to win this one against PHI; so what? We need to find consistency at PG. I hate to write off Jameer this early on but we are paying for the mistake of putting our hopes in a PG who is average at best. Otis Smith needs to admit his mistake in signing up Jameer to a contract which is basically unmovable. We need to bring a PG who could run the offense, and Jameer is not going to be the one. Period. End of discussion.

  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Wow,didnt even know there was a discussion. So since you mentioned it here's my take. Matt with all due respect it's your opinion that he made a mistake,why would otis admit something if he doesnt see it the same way? The answer is he wouldnt. You can say jameer isnt the one all you want,but your gonna have to deal with him all year. I'm not on any jameer bandwagon or anything but its unrealistic to think otis would admit something or make any changes after 4 games.

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    And by the way,this is a blog if i want to talk pre-game strategies before the game,please let me do so without being questioned. I'm entitled to my opinion of how each game will go throughout this season,thank you.

  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Seeing as how wins and losses dont matter,does that mean we're not supposed to talk any pre-game? And also,if the PG spot is that big a deal this early in the season,there should be a post started.

  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nelson is making all his critics look right with his inconsistent play so far, but in fairness, it's not all Nelson's fault that the Magic have not played to expectations. Just about every player, including Howard with his poor free throw shooting, can look himself in the mirror and say they can do a lot more than what they are doing to help the Magic.

    Nelson will be given every chance to show that he can be an effective point guard; they don't have any other choice basically. Let's hope that he can do so.

    It may be early in the season, but I think single wins and losses do matter at this early stage, as the Magic sure don't want to fall behind in the standings this early in the year and have to play catchup the rest of the season.

  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Sorry, Big Figure. I didn't mean anything pointed towards your post. Of course, I don't intend to even insinuate the free flow of views that this blog is all about. I am just frustrated that the PG choice could not not be conducive to the potentials of this team with the best big man in the league. That's all.

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    No prob matt. I agree with your statement about single wins and losses. But saying they dont matter isnt correct because a collection of those single wins and losses will qualify you for the play-offs. But at the same time i think what you meant is that this team wont be measured by regular season wins and losses,if this is what you meant i completely agree. This team will be measured by how far they go in the play-offs,and any player who doesnt come up big or doesnt play to their potential when the big lights come on (during the play-offs),he may be out the door in the off-season. This is why you wont hear me complaining about any player on this team,i think all of the guys on this current roster are good enough players if they play to their potential.


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