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Open Thread: Regular Season Game 66 vs. Orlando Magic


The Essentials:
Magic (47-17) at Wizards (15-50)
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center

This year:November 8: Magic 106, Wizards 81
November 27: Magic 105, Wizards 90
January 6: Magic 89, Wizards 80

Notable Magic numbers this season:
4th in expected winning percentage (.733)
10th in pace factor (92.6 possessions per game)
7th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (109.8)
3rd in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (102.2)

Key Links: (drop any others in the comments)
Third Quarter Collapse
Game Day Magic
The Other Side: Magic

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Magic
Player filling in for injured starter
PG Rafer Alston
Tough Juice
SG Courtney Lee
Player filling in for injured starter SF Mickael Pietrus
The Last Man Standing
PF Rashard Lewis
Player filling in for injured starter C Dwight Howard

Apologies on the lack of a recap on the Hornets game so far, I spent too much time on the photoshop (which I hope will be worth it) for the game and I didn't get the chance to write all the text to go with it. But It'll be coming down the pipeline, don't you worry. All I can tell you is this: I hope you enjoy Mike James being Dustin Hoffman.

On to tonight, we face another upper-echelon team with a brilliant young star in Dwight Howard. I'm not expecting a whole lot tonight because Howard is so dominant inside and the three point shooters that Orlando has put around him will get plenty of open looks tonight if I know the Wizards' defense like I think I do.

On the bright side, the Wizards played them well last time thanks to a magnificent performance by Caron Butler. That, plus the fact that the Magic will be without Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu is a game-time decision with a sore left foot. So there's certainly hope that the Wiz can make a competitive game out of this one, but I don't see much of a chance for a win tonight. But hey, Sacramento is coming to town Saturday.

This is an open thread, so if you like jumping while other people finish alley-oops, talk about it here.