Despite the wondermous winning streak, I imagine that Pop is not overly excited about the defense. Although I'm loving the offensive juggernaut, I wouldn't mind seeing a full 48 minutes of defense one of these days. A jaunt to the East Coast isn't conducive to flipping the switch, but playing an offensively-challenged team might be.
Your musical selection for tonight:
Due to the recent turnover in the Magic's roster, the Preview contains mondo uncertainty. At least this time, I have a good reason for my hackishness.
Pop's post game audio -- Click here Manu's post game audio -- Click here Tiago's post game audio -- Click here Neal's post game audio **FEATURING JRW ON THE LAST QUESTION!!** -- Click here
Post game audio (courtesy of JRW):
Pop's post game audio -- Click here
Manu's post game audio -- Click here
Tiago's post game audio -- Click here
Neal's post game audio **FEATURING JRW ON THE LAST QUESTION!!** -- Click here
San Antonio Spurs @ Orlando Magic
By the Numbers
PG: Tony should be able to take advantage of the lack of corporate defensive knowledge by Orlando. Nelson will have to step up and lead his new teammates.
SG: Redick has worked hard to turn himself into an NBA player. And he can be deadly from beyond the arc. But we're talking about Manu, whose productivity has been otherworldly this year.
SF: Richardson still has game - heck, he proved it in the playoffs last year. But he's on a new team in a new system, and we all saw what that did to RJ last year. Jefferson continued his renaissance with another efficient performance last night - more alley oops please!
PF: I don't know what to make of Blair this year - his Jekyll and Hyde act is perplexing. Turkeyglue has not been good since leaving Orlando, but he thrived while there and knows the system. Put this down as a tie because I don't have any idea what to expect from either player.
C: Howard showed us last time that he's significantly upgraded his offensive skill set. But does he now have the requisite shooters surrounding him? Timmeh continues plugging away and will need to carry a bit more of the load tonight to counteract the tired legs of Tony, Manu and RJ.
Bass has been good this year; Arenas has not since joining the Magic. Bonner, Neal, Quinn and Splitter have been stellar, even without George.
Pop is Pop. SVG is not Pop and probably just trying to figure out a rotation.
Orlando is in disarray, losing 4 in a row. San Antonio has discovered two more weapons (Neal and Splitter).
We have Manu and BAM.
A SEGABABA on the East Coast usually spells doom for the Spurs, but the Magic haven't had time to figure out all of their new pieces.
Key(s) to the Game
Key 1 - Tired Legs. The bench is going to have to play some minutes for Tony, Manu and RJ, who all logged over 35 minutes last night.
Key 2 - Interior Defense. Howard is the known threat. Shutting him down is necessary.
Orlando Pinstriped Post (SB Nation)
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