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Monday, January 18, 2010

Game night preview

Monday, Jan. 18. 10:30 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles, CA

The Orlando Magic (26-14, 12-10 road) will attempt to get back on track Monday when they engage in a highly anticipated Finals rematch with the Los Angeles Lakers (31-9, 22-3 home) in front of a national audience at 10:30 p.m. ET. After sweeping their regular season series with Los Angeles, the Magic dropped their Finals series with the Lakers, 4-1, last year. “It’s hard to say that we’ve gotten over losing to the Lakers, I know I haven’t,” Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard explained. “People don’t understand how I felt playing in the NBA Finals because that was a life-long dream. But then you get so close and lose and it’s like losing something in your life that you cherish the most.” All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson knows there’s only one way to get the bad taste of losing The Finals out of Orlando’s mouth. “I don’t know if you ever get over losing in The Finals until you win a championship,” Nelson said. While the nation will be focused on the rematch, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy is worried about other things. He’s focused on righting the ship for an Orlando team that’s won just two of its past eight games. “It hasn’t been perfect, but our guys are making a good effort to do more of the things that we want,” Van Gundy said. “The Lakers are not even the big issue. It’s about us getting ourselves right... if we make a better effort and do things better, we have a chance to get better.”

Team Record Standings PF PA Road/Home Streak L10
Orlando 26-14 2nd Southeast / 3rd East 101.2 96.5 Road 12-10 Lost 2 4-6
Los Angeles 31-9 1st Pacific / 1st West 103.6 96.6 Home 22-3 Won 2 7-3

Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers are 6 point favorites.


  • At 7:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'm looking for the Magic to make progress tonight; I'm not necessarily looking for a victory, though that would be great.

    The Magic won last January in their only regular season appearance at LA, when Jameer Nelson had one of the best games of his career with 28 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebouunds. If I recall correctly, he made 3 three pointers in the final 5 minutes of the game, and each of those three pointers gave the Magic the lead.

    Hopefully the Magic can stick with the Lakers tonight, play hard, and compete for 48 minutes.

  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger ducks29 said…

    The Magic are in a MUST win tonight against the Lakers. If not, I fear they will really be in trouble. Van Gundy must get the team to push the ball and play with high intesity. If not, it will be a long night.


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