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Friday, November 13, 2009

Game night preview

From the Magic press release:

Friday, Nov. 13. 7:00 p.m.
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL


In their final matchup of the week, the Orlando Magic will host the New Jersey Nets (0-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Magic have dominated the Nets at home in recent history, winning five of the last six meetings in Orlando. In their only matchup of this season, the Magic rolled to a 95-85 victory in New Jersey on October 30. Dwight Howard posted his first 20-20 game of the season, notching 20 points and 22 rebounds. Vince Carter was on pace for a 40-plus point contest, but was forced to leave the game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter after erupting for 16 early points. Still, Orlando won’t let past success get in the way of the task at hand. “You know they are going to be coming for us just like everybody else,” Magic forward Matt Barnes explained. “We really have to set the tempo early and just try to take it to them for 48 minutes.” New Jersey is also dealing with its share of injuries. Chris Douglas-Roberts (illness) Devin Harris (groin), Yi Jianlian (knee) and Courtney Lee (groin) have all missed games due to injury. However, the Magic still recognize that the Nets still possess plenty of young talent. “I know they have a few players hurt, but they have a lot of good young players,” Barnes said. “Teams like that have no fears.”

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports

The Magic are whopping 15 1/2 point favorites.


  • At 4:14 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I really feel sorry for the Nets, with all the injuries they are having, if you read the game preview from Yahoo! Sports.

    Hopefully, the Magic can have an effective defensive game tonight, and that they will be able to build on it, especially with Rashard Lewis coming back next week.

    Ryan Anderson's ankle is improving quickly, so maybe he'll be back next week also.

    Regarding the former Magic players on the Nets, I hope Courtney Lee (groin) will be able to play tonight. Rafer Alston probably will start at PG for the injured Harris, while Keyon Dooling and Tony Battie are injured.

  • At 7:11 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Well looks like SVG and i were on the same page as i said yesterday i think MB should start at PF while RL RA are out. Tonight MB will start at PF and MP at the small forward spot. I think this is the best way to get our offensive spacing back where it needs to be. And mike to answer some of your questions about defense,i think RL would be fine defensively at SF. Lets not forget he spent nine years in this league as a SF,i have no worries about RL at that position. It may take a few games for him to re-aclimate himself to the position but nothing he cant handle. Because he'll be able to post every SF in the league basically,they are the one's who should be worried about defense. He also has the benefit of the best big in the league behind him if smallish SF's are getting by him. RA is a second year player so i expect some teams to go at him if he were the starter at PF,but to his credit he showed me some real toughness while he was healthy hitting the boards hard. because he shoots the three so well i'll take his three's for the opposing team's post up two's if they are going at him in the post. His defensive foot speed is really good so i dont think dribble penetration by opposing PF's should be a concern.

  • At 11:51 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks for your input, Big Figure.

    We'll see what happens next week when Lewis and Anderson get on board.


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