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Nov 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Jameer Nelson, recovering from a strained groin and hamstring, is out for tonight’s game between the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls. E’Twaun Moore (an East Chicago native) will start in his place at point guard — he’s expected to have friends and family members in attendance at United Center.
  • From undrafted rookie to starter (as Hedo Turkoglu recovers from a broken hand), DeQuan Jones’ journey to the NBA has been a feel-good story for the Magic.
  • A preview of Orlando’s matchup against Chicago.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn expects that his team will get a major test tonight when it will try to match the physicality of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. In Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Luol Deng, the Bulls (2-1) feature a rugged frontline that is among the best in the NBA at rebounding the ball.”
  • In today’s 5-on-5 at ESPN.com, two writers cite the Magic as one of the pleasant surprises in the Eastern Conference. Devin Kharpetian of The Brooklyn Game: ” Even though winning their first two in stunning fashion gives them a late start on their push for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft this season, the fact they can win two games in a row with Glen Davis among the league leaders in usage rate is some kind of special.”
  • Orlando jumps up from 28th to 17th in a power rankings list.
  • The Magic are off to a 2-0 start to the regular season, but is that necessarily a good thing? Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated doesn’t think so: “With veterans like Glen Davis, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson leading the way, the Magic will be competitive on a nightly basis and could finish in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. Ultimately, that would mean fewer Ping-Pong balls in next spring’s lottery and less chance of landing the type of franchise player they need to turn things around.”
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