The Magic take on the Golden State Warriors tonight in San Francisco as Orlando continue an 11 day trip out West. Tonight is Magic Game Day 25 and we go against the formidable shooting of Stephen Curry!
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Game Day 25 And The Magic Take On The Golden State Warriors
Friday 3rd December – Orlando Magic 116-118 Houston Rockets
Magic Top Performers –
Cole Anthony finished with 26 points. He came so close to hitting the winning shot in Houston, a deep three at the buzzer which hit the lip of the basket. Franz Wagner filled up the stats with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Terrence Ross had a strong performance with 18 points. Wendell Carter Jr played a strong defensive game and got two blocks to go with another double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds. Mo Bamba put up 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with 2 steals and another 3 blocks.
Saturday 4th December – San Antonio Spurs 112-107 Golden State Warriors
Warriors Top Performers – Stephen Curry led his team 27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Jordan Poole put up 15 points along with Damion Lee; who scored 14 points. Draymond Green had 9 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
Golden State are top in the Western Conference. They possess the NBA’s best record with 19 wins and 4 losses. The Warriors had won 11 straight home games, all those wins were by double digits. They have won 8 of the last 10 games played. At home they have won 12 of 14 games played. They score an average 113.1 points per game, whilst conceding just 100.8 (the league’s best record for points conceded per game). Golden State are ranked first in defense and third in offence.
Orlando’s record is now 5 wins and 19 losses. The Magic remain 14th in the Eastern Conference, above Detroit. The Magic have won 2 of the last 10 played. The home record reads 2 wins of 10 games played, whilst on the road it is 3 wins in 14 played. Points Per Game – the Magic score 100.6 ppg whilst conceding 110.5.
Head-To-Head – The Golden State Warriors
Golden State hasn’t lost to the Magic at home since December 3rd 2012! That’s 8 straight losses.
The all time head-to-head record in the 64 regular season games played sees the Magic ahead by 33-31.
Last season the series was split 1-1, as has happened for the past three seasons. On Game Day 26 (11th February) Orlando could not handle a red hot Curry and lost 105-11 in San Francisco. However on Game Day 30 (20th February) the Magic won 120-124 in the Amway Center.
The teams have never met in the playoffs.
Our Opponents – The Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are back to being a force and they still have players to come back.
Stephen Curry is already a leading candidate for another MVP title. He leads the NBA in three’s made and attempted. He has broken his own record this season of quickest number of games to make 100 three point field goals in a season.
Golden State will be without Klay Thompson, James Wiseman and Andre Iguodala.
Projected Starting Lineup – Stephen Curry (PG), Jordan Poole (SG), Andrew Wiggins (SF), Draymond Green (PF), Kevon Looney (C)
The Orlando Magic Injury Report
ESPN is showing that there is no change to the Magic injury status.
Jalen Suggs is out with a fractured right thumb. The team statement says he will be out for “an extended period of time” but that surgery is not required. He is to be reevaluated in two weeks time to assess healing.
E’Twaun Moore remains out with a sprained left knee.
Michael Carter-Williams is out after surgery to remove a bone fragment and repair his left ankle ligament.
Jonathan Isaac continues to be out as he rehabilitates from a left knee ACL injury that saw him miss all of last season. He is said to be making great and steady progress, but is not yet cleared for contact.
Markelle Fultz is still out after last season’s left knee ACL tear and subsequent surgery. He is taking part in more training activities, including contact work.
The Magic Lineup On Game Day 25 As The Magic Take On The Golden State Warriors
Tonight again for Orlando it is ‘as you were’ in Houston.
Starting lineup – Cole Anthony (PG), Gary Harris (SG), Franz Wagner (SF), Wendell Carter Jr (PF), Mo Bamba (C)
Available From The Bench – Chuma Okeke, Moe Wagner, RJ Hampton, Ignas Brazdeikis, Mychal Mulder and Robin Lopez
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Final Thoughts On Game Day 25 As The Magic Take On The Golden State Warriors
Stop Steph Curry! Limiting his production is the absolute key to any team playing the Warriors, doing it is another matter entirely. Fast paced, great handles, a quick release on the three, incredible accuracy and he can get into the paint. Foul him and he is shooting 92.9% from the line.
For Orlando they must again find better retention of the basketball, turnovers hurt the team in Houston.
Golden State play at pace. They lead the league in assists per game by some distance. Orlando will get opportunities to score as in all the positives of the Warriors play is that they turn the ball over a lot. This can be an area the Magic can exploit.
The matchup against Curry will be something Cole Anthony relishes and will not shy away from. For Franz Carter he will be spending time matched against Draymond Green, no easy task but one he has the ability to complete. As an extra incentive Franz is going against the team who passed over him in the draft with the 7th pick.
Let’s Go Magic!