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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The week ahead for the Magic


The Orlando Magic enter this week tied for the best record in the NBA with two other teams (Atlanta, Phoenix) at 11-3. The Magic are 6-1 at home, and 5-2 on the road. Here is their schedule for the upcoming week:

-Wednesday 11/24: vs Miami (8-5, 2-2 road) The Heat have cooled after a 6-1 start, losing 4 of their last 6 games. Can the Magic stop Dwyane Wade?

-Thursday 11/25: at Atlanta (11-3, 7-0 home) The Hawks are one of the surprises of the NBA so far, with a solid starting five and a good bench. This will be a stern test for the Magic in the second game of a back-to-back, as the Hawks are unbeaten at home, and look to be the Magic's toughest competition in the SE.

-Saturday 11/27: at Milwaukee (8-4, 6-1 home) The Bucks are another surprise team in the league, led by rookie guard Brandon Jennings who has a season-high of 55 points, and are coached by former Magic point guard Scott Skiles

-Sunday 11-28: at New York (3-10, 1-7 home) The Knicks are struggling again this season, but Boston needed a Kevin Garnett jumper at the buzzer to beat the Knicks Sunday, so the Magic can't take New York for granted, especially on the second game of a back-to-back.

7 Comments:

  • At 5:07 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Despite the tough schedule, playing 3 teams that have a winning record this week, plus 2 sets of back-to-backs, I think the Magic have a good chance to win 3 of the 4 games.

    I really like the way Jason Williams is playing the point, and the return of Rashard Lewis has been a big boost for the Magic, along with Vince Carter's clutch shot-making late in games.

    The much-improved Magic defense these past few games has been great to see.

    The first matchup between the Magic and Hawks comes at a tough time for the Magic, the second of back-to-back games, and on the road.

    I think the strong Magic depth is the difference as to why the Magic are better than the Hawks; we'll see what happens on Thursday.

     
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  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

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  • At 9:14 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I hope the magic take it one game at a time and get them all,it may be wishful thinking but from what i've seen so far they can do it. We all love jameer,but can anyone actually say they miss him? I think the team may play better with a playmaker at the PG spot rather than a scorer. VC,MP and rashard get alot more shots and the ball movement and passing seems to be contagious throughout the team. Its a conversation for a later day,but jameer has to prove he is the PG to lead us to a championship and at the same time find some level of playmaking to go along with the scoring. Jwill is showing how its done for real. Along with his passing he went the whole weekend without a turnover i beleive.

     
  • At 9:21 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Jwill has been there and done that when it comes to winning a championship,i wouldnt have any reservation about him starting for the rest of the year. The team is playing pretty much like last years team when rafer got comfortable around the begining of the playoffs. Jwill shoots the ball a little better and rafer might be a little bit better a defender but those two players are very similar,they both pass the ball extremely well and run the floor looking to get early offense on the break.

     
  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I think we can win alot of games while jameer is out.

     
  • At 1:50 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You're right, Big Figure, Jason Williams has done a fantastic job of taking care of the ball since starting in place of Jameer Nelson.

    Jameer had a couple of really good games the 10 games he started before the injury, but he was inconsistent. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact he missed the final 4 months of last season, and had to get used to all his new teammates when he came back.

    When Jameer comes back from his knee surgery and is healthy, he will return to his starting PG spot I am sure; but in the meantime, I more than trust JWill as the starting PG because of his excellent AST/TO ratio, and he can still score, as he proved Sunday against Toronto.

     

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