The week ahead for the Magic
The Orlando Magic begin the week at 22-8 (12-3 home, 10-5 road), in first place in the SE 1/2 game ahead of Atlanta. The Magic hold the overall third spot in the East behind Boston (23-6) and Cleveland (24-8). The Magic are averaging 101.2 ppg, which is 10th in the league. They are allowing 95.9 ppg, which ranks 7th in the league. Here is their schedule for the upcoming week:
Dec. 30th: Milwaukee (12-16, 3-9 road) Former Magic PG Scott Skiles coaches a talented bunch of players, including rookie guard Brandon Jennings, center Andrew Bogut, and guard Michael Redd.
January 1st: at Minnesota (7-24, 4-12 home) The Magic play on their third major holiday of the season. Al Jefferson and Kevin Love lead the T-Wolves, who have won 2 in a row.
January 2nd: at Chicago (11-17, 9-6 home) The Bulls have Tyrus Thomas back, which really helps their depth. Bulls had a solid win over New Orleans Saturday night in Thomas' first game back.
It would be great to see the Magic go 3-0 this week after the loss to the Celtics on Christmas. How will Dwight Howard respond offensively after being stifled so much by the Celtics.
Last season after 30 games, the Magic had won 7 games in a row to advance to 24-6 before losing to -who else- the Pistons.