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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 2:30 PM EST

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We’re back. Finally. The 2019-20 season returns Friday, for the Brooklyn Nets, who take on the Orlando Magic in a pretty important seeding game.

The Nets are 7th in the East at 30-34, while the Magic are 8th just a half game behind the Nets at 30-35. Eek.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (30-34) vs. Orlando Magic (30-35)

WHEN: 2:30 PM EST

WHERE: YES Network, WFAN (radio)

For more on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post

Game Preview:

As a league, the NBA has been thinking of ways to address the racial injustices that have continued to harm the United States. The Nets will be making a statement as a team as will the Magic so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with and how it will be received outside the bubble.

The Nets and Magic are battling for positioning at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brooklyn is in seventh and up half a game over Orlando. Avoiding the Milwaukee Bucks is job one for a lot of people so this game will be incredibly important for both teams.

With Jordan out, there will be a lot of responsibility riding on Jarrett Allen’s shoulders. Allen had a decent season before the shutdown, and the Nets are going to need him to play huge minutes without getting into foul trouble. Brooklyn will be on the small side, so we’ll get plenty of time to watch Rodinis Kurucs play the five.

Let’s gooooo!