WHERE: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSFL; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Magic still don’t have what one might call a “starting point guard” and play a whole lot of DJ Augustin and Jerian Grant which is fine if you want to be the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference but not so great if you’re trying to make the playoffs, which is apparently the Magic’s goal for the season. Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell should be looking to build on their momentum and both have nice games against a team with a guard rotation that leaves a lot to be desired on both ends of the floor.
The Magic (19-25) will look to get back on track after falling 120-115 in overtime to the Pistons Wednesday night.
Orlando’s biggest strength is their starting frontcourt of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, two very different and very interesting players. Vucevic is a big crafty center and is a bit of a throwback in a lot of ways except for the fact that he can shoot threes. He’s always reminded me of Brook Lopez, except Vooch grabs 11.9 boards per game. Aaron Gordon on the other hand is an athletic freak who can do a little bit of everything but not a ton of one particular thing. He’s scoring 15.6 points per game with 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He’s signed to a pretty team friendly deal that declines in salary each season, and if the Magic can’t figure out how to put together a playoff team soon, teams are going to be calling about him. He also looks just like Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and it is wild. They even have the same first name! Weird.
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But to guard the home floor, they’ll have to slow the overachieving Brooklyn Nets, who have somehow won six of their previous eight games, including victories over the same Celtics and Rockets.
It was the heroics of point guard play, featuring D’Angelo Russell and his 34 points over the Celtics, followed by Spencer Dinwiddie and 33 of his own against the Rockets.
The Magic and their uncertain point guard depth will have their hands full, as will Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch against Jarrett Allen, the swatting machine who put in 20 points and 24 rebounds on Wednesday night.