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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Game night preview

From the Magic press release:

Tuesday, Nov. 10. 7:00 p.m.

Time Warner Cable Arena
Charlotte, NC

After a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, the Orlando Magic (5-2) will attempt to bounce back on Tuesday when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) at 7 p.m. ET. The Magic went 4-0 last season against the Bobcats and have won eight of the last nine meetings overall. But in order to ensure that things get back on track against Charlotte, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has made it clear he wants to see an improved defensive effort from his squad. “(Right now) we’re totally predicated on shooting,” Van Gundy explained after Sunday’s defeat. “We do not have any kind of defensive mindset.” Orlando has allowed five of its seven opponents to crack the 100-point plateau and is allowing the opposition to shoot 47.5 percent from the floor, which puts them at 24th overall in the NBA. While it’s easy to come down on the players’ defensive effort, the Magic have already had to deal with a number of extenuating circumstances. The Magic have played games without Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter (ankle injury), Ryan Anderson (ankle injury), Mickael Pietrus (illness), Anthony Johnson (personal reasons) and Adonal Foyle (knee injury), and as a result have had four different starting lineups in just seven contests. But still, this team isn’t making any excuses. “There’s no question (injuries are) a factor, but we can’t use that as an excuse,” All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson explained. “We have to play with who we have and keep hustling. We will get better; it is still early in the season.”

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.

The Magic are 3 1/2 point favorites.


  • At 6:58 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Very important for the Magic to have a good effort defensively tonight after their woeful effort Sunday night against the Thunder.


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