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Friday, October 30, 2009

First road game for Magic at Nets tonight

Here is the Magic press release regarding the game:

ORLANDO MAGIC at NEW JERSEY NETS
Friday, Oct. 30. 8:00 p.m.
IZOD Center
East Rutherford, NJ

2009-10 Television Schedule

The Orlando Magic start their first road trip of the season against the New Jersey Nets on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The contest will mark a homecoming for eight-time All-Star Vince Carter and forward Ryan Anderson, who were dealt from New Jersey to Orlando during the 2009 offseason in exchange for point guard Rafer Alston, shooting guard Courtney Lee and big man Tony Battie. While the media’s focus will be on Lee’s first matchup against his former team, the Magic’s defensive game plan will be centered around slowing down All-Star point guard Devin Harris. “Devin is lightning quick and he’s shooting the ball extremely well,” said his former teammate, Vince Carter. “I think he’s emerging into a leader.” Another player Orlando will have its eyes on is center Brook Lopez. The second-year standout from Stanford displayed tremendous growth during his rookie campaign and is starting to become a go-to player in Nets Head Coach Lawrence Frank’s offense. “He got the opportunity to become a starter (within) the first month of the season,” Vince Carter said of Lopez’s role during his inaugural season. “He took advantage of it and really learned the game.”


For the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports, click here


The Magic are a 10 1/2 point favorite.

3 Comments:

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It'll be nice to see Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston in the game tonight for the Nets, as they both made made major contributions to the Magic Eastern Division Title run last season.

    Maybe even Tony Battie might see some action; I always thought he was a decent (albeit injured a lot of the time) player for the Magic.

    Tough start for Lee and Alston in the Nets' first game... Lee was 2 for 11 with 4 pts and Alston scoreless on 0 for 2 shooting with 3 assists and 3 TOs. Battie didn't play.

    How about the Cavaliers starting 0-2? I can't say that I'm not surprised, as I think they're very overrated, but I'm not quite ready to write their epitaph yet. Last season, a certain team we all know and love started 0-2, and looked absolutely horrible in the process before winding up with 59 wins and the conference championship.

    It's rare for a road team to be favored by double digits so early in the season, but that's how much the Magic impressed the oddsmakers with their impressive offensive showing against Philly.

    I don't expect the Magic to go 16 for 29 from long range tonight like they did against the 76ers, but they are the much better team than the Nets and should win by double digits.

     
  • At 3:37 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea i expect that on most nights teams will play hard and challenge the magic early in games,but as the game goes on the magic will just out-class most teams. Tonight we should see that in new jersey. We are good enough at every position the way we are built to take away what you wanna do offensively,but yet do everything we wanna do offensively to you at a high rate no matter what type of team we play.

     
  • At 6:17 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Courtney Lee played 38 minutes for NJ in the opener. Rafer Alston played 23. Surprisingly, Tony Battie has an injured knee and is not expected to play tonight.

     

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