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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Game night preview

Wednesday, Dec. 16. 7:00 p.m.
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL

The Magic (18-6, 8-2 home) will welcome back their former teammate Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando for the first time this season when they host his Toronto Raptors (11-16, 4-11 road) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Magic are 2-0 against the Raptors this season, sweeping the season series at the Air Canada Centre. In both victories, the Magic’s J.J. Redick has played a huge role. After firing off a career-high 27 points while starting in Orlando’s 125-116 triumph on November 1, Redick followed it up with a 19-point showing off the bench in the Magic’s 104-96 win over the Raptors on November 22. “I’ve been around enough that I’m going to play the same way that I always play,” Redick explained. “Whether I start or I come off the bench, I’ll be prepared no matter what.”

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.


  • At 5:27 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Let's compare Hedo Turkoglu's statistics from last season with the Magic to the season with the Raptors:

    08-09: PPG... 16.8... FG%... 41.3%... 3 PT FG%... 35.6%... FT%... 80.7%... AST... 4.9... REB... 5.3... STL... 0.8... TO... 2.7

    09-10: PPG... 14.0... FG%... 43.6%... 3 PT FG%... 38.6%... FT%... 79.8%... AST... 4.0... REB... 4.8... STL... 0.6... TO... 2.1

    Compared to last season. Turkoglu's numbers are down significantly in 4 categories, while his FG percentage numbers are better.

    While Turk contributed significantly to the Magic in the years he played for them, and was a big reason why the Magic were Eastern Conference Champions last season, the declining numbers this season show the Magic made the right decision by not re-signing him, and having Vince Carter take his place.

    I hope the Magic fans at Amway tonight give Turk a nice hand for all the contributions he made for the Magic during his tenure here.


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