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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Game night preview

Wednesday, Jan. 20. 7:00 p.m.
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL

After finishing out their four-game West Coast trip, the Magic (26-15, 14-4 home) return home to face the Indiana Pacers (14-27, 4-17 road) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. Orlando is 1-1 against Indiana this season and in each of their matchups the home team has emerged the victor courtesy of a huge performance from their respective center. Magic center Dwight Howard and Pacers big man Roy Hibbert have each had their shining moments against one another this season. In Orlando’s first meeting with Indiana, Howard erupted for 21 points and 23 rebounds to lift the Magic to a 106-98 victory. In the second matchup, Hibbert helped get Howard into early foul trouble and then took advantage by exploding for a career-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds in the Pacers’ 97-90 triumph on January 5. “I’m proud to see him mature into the player he is,” Howard said of Hibbert. “I’m very happy for him.”

Team Record Standings PF PA Road/Home Streak L10
Indiana 14-27 5th Central / 13th East 98.9 104.3 Road 4-17 Lost 2 5-5
Orlando 26-15 2nd Southeast / 4th East 101.0 96.5 Home 14-4 Lost 3 3-7

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.

Also check out this article from Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie and get his thoughts on the current state of the Magic.


  • At 5:35 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Some interesting thoughts from Kelly Dwyer about the Magic if you guys get a chance to read it.

    Good chance for the Magic to get back on the winning track tonight, as they've played the Pacers very well at home lately. On the flip side, they lost to the Pacers just 2 weeks ago in Indiana when the Pacers were without Danny Granger, and Roy Hibbert badly outplayed Dwight Howard.

    Granger is now back, but has scored just a combined 20 points in his last 2 games on 6 of 29 shooting.

    Hopefully, the Magic learned a valuable lesson from their loss on Monday and will make a much better effort to get the ball to D12. Making a few more threes won't hurt, either.

    Will Van Gundy continue to play Vince Carter, even though his sore shoulder is causing him to be very tentative in regards to driving the ball to the hoop and settling for jacking up shot after shot from long range (and missing) as a result.

    Hopefully Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, and Dwight can build off the positive contributions they made against the Lakers, and the bench can bounce back after a rare off-night against the Lakers.

  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Dwight gets his re-match and i expect him to let hibbert have it! The magic need to play four quarters of solid basketball and show that they can be disciplined throughout those four quarters. Limit turnovers,play with energy and attacking the basket are the things i wanna see tonight.


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