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Friday, January 01, 2010

Game night preview

Friday, Jan. 1. 8:00 p.m.
Target Center
Minneapolis, MN

The Magic (23-8, 10-5 road) tip off a three-game road trip when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-26, 4-13 home) at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Orlando has had success in recent history in Minnesota, winning four out of its last five meetings there. But this time, the Magic will have to be on the lookout for Jonny Flynn. The speedy rookie point guard out of Syracuse has been a solid floor general for Minnesota in his inaugural campaign, averaging 14.3 points and 4.2 assists per game. Flynn drew the national spotlight earlier this month, when he finished off a brilliant 28-point night with a game-winning bucket over Deron Williams in Minnesota’s 110-108 victory in Utah. “At some point in time, he’s going to be one of those guys who’s going to be very difficult to contain either in isolation or pick-and-roll situations,” Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis said. While Flynn continues to get acclimated to the NBA, Magic All-Star Jameer Nelson will also be going through a period of adjustment as he continues to settle back into his role as Orlando’s starting point guard. After a solid 6-for-11 shooting performance against the Rockets, Nelson struggled from the field against the Celtics, making just three of his 11 shots. “He just has to get back into the flow,” Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard said of Nelson, who has missed a considerable amount of time over the past year.“I told him to just play. Don’t worry about mistakes or missing shots. Just go out there and do what you do."

Team Comparison

Team Record Standings PF PA Road/Home Streak L10
Orlando 23-8 1st Southeast / 3rd East 101.7 95.7 Road 10-5 Won 1 6-4
Minnesota 7-26 5th Northwest / 15th West 95.0 104.9 Home 4-13 Lost 2 4-6

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.

The Magic are 8 1/2 point favorites.


  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    The news is that coach Van Gundy is going to start Jameer again. I don't get it. With all the doubts on Jameer's health, why take a chance when Jason is playng so well?

  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I was wrong the other day when I said it looked like Jameer will have to sit out x number of games until his knee gets better.

    I don't understand either how Nelson is supposed to get better if he doesn't sit out for at least a few games, especially with the back-to-back tomorrow night in Chicago.

    Well, if Jameer proves to be ineffective tonight, hopefully Jason Willams will be ready to come off the bench and play well like he did against Milwaukee.

    According to Josh Robbins of the Sentinel, SVG will use the same starting lineup that he used against Milwaukee the other night.


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