It’s gameday as Orlando face Charlotte again for the second time in three nights. The tips in the Amway at 12am midnight UK time.
The Magic will be seeking a win to close their preseason out.
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There is little change to what I wrote for the first meeting two nights ago. The preview to that game linked here in case you missed it.
As Orlando face Charlotte again the Magic will still be without Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac, James Ennis and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Mo Bamba is cleared to take part in full contact drills but there is no date for his return to game action.
Coach Clifford is likely to use the same starting line-up of Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Dwayne Bacon and Nikola Vucevic.
After the loss to Charlotte by 123-115 Orlando will hope to close out the preseason with a solid performance and a win tonight.
As Orlando face Charlotte again I hope to see a better show of discipline from the team, reducing the number of turnovers and fouls.
I also hope Evan Fournier finds his rhythm. Love him or loath him as a team we can not afford for him to be unproductive as he was last time out.
Rookie watch will continue as we get to see Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke play additional minutes. These games have been important experience for both and they are growing in confidence each game.
In a similar way Dwayne Bacon deserves further time on the court. He appears to be growing steadily in belief after reuniting with Coach Clifford.
And finally; I want to see Markelle Fultz push the team as our floor general. This could be a huge season for him.
OPENING NIGHT AWAITS
On the 23rd of December the Miami Heat await our Orlando Magic in the Amway for the opening night of the NBA 2020-21 season
Orlando will need to hit the ground running against a brilliant team who also boast continuity. That game will be a feature of our next Penny For Your Thoughts.
But for tonight….
LET’S GO MAGIC!