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    Orlando Magic Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic 7:00 11/08/2017 [Game #11]





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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Orlando Magic
    Joakim Noah - NBA Suspension (OUT) D.J. Augustin – Strained left hamstring (OUT)
    Kristaps Porzingis - Sprained Left Ankle/Contused Right Elbow (QUEST) Adreian Payne – Fractured fourth metacarpal, left hand (OUT)
    - Elfrid Payton – Strained left hamstring (QUEST)

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    Nobody is hotter on offense than the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, so Orlando's first encounter with the 7-foot-3 forward might be coming at a bad time for the Magic.

    After consecutive double-digit home losses, the Magic will attempt to stop Porzingis on Wednesday night when they host the surging Knicks.

    Orlando (6-4) is off to a respectable start, but its last two games did not go well. The early-season surge was highlighted by a blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 27, but against the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics last weekend, little went right.

    The Magic shot 40.7 percent and lost 105-83 to the Bulls on Friday night. The follow-up did not go any better, as Orlando shot 36.3 percent, missed 23 of 29 3-point attempts and wound up with a 104-88 loss to the Celtics.

    Attempting to rebound from its first significant adversity of the season occurs just before Orlando starts a four-game West Coast swing that includes a visit to Golden State. The trip is part of a 10-game stretch in which the Magic will play just twice at home.

    "It's very important, especially because after that we go to the West Coast," Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said of the New York game. "Those West Coast trips can be very tough and tricky, and we have some tough games to play over there. So, I think it would be very important for us just because we lost two and because we have this road trip."

    The Magic must devise an effective defensive strategy against Porzingis, who scored 28 points in the Knicks' 118-113 home victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

    Porzingis is averaging 30.2 points, second to Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo in the early scoring race, and he leads the league with seven 30-point games.

    "He's a tough matchup for sure," Orlando forward Aaron Gordon said. "He's so tall and can shoot the ball very well. (He's) mobile, athletic. He's a very good player, and he's doing what New York needs him to do. I'm just going to go out there and make it difficult for him, take him out of his comfort zone, crowd him be athletic, run him up and down the court."

    Gordon, who at 6-9 is 6 inches shorter than Porzingis, will be part of Orlando's attempts to stop the Latvian, especially on mid-range shots and on the perimeter. Porzingis is shooting 59.7 percent on shots between 10 and 19 feet and is a 38.8 percent 3-point shooter.

    "It's a nightmare trying to figure out a game plan how to stop him when he's shooting the ball from 10 feet above everybody else's head, whether it's in the post or at the 3-point line," Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. "Just a remarkable talent and one of the most unique guys in the league to try to game-plan for. We've just got to try to do our best."

    Porzingis' surge is among the reasons why New York (6-4) owns the same record as Orlando, though it was a different path for the Knicks. New York dropped their first three games, but since a 110-89 loss at Boston on Oct. 24, they are 6-1.

    New York is also proving to be tough in the fourth quarter. The Knicks came back from 19 down to beat Indiana by seven on Sunday and rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Charlotte.

    Porzingis scored 17 points in the fourth quarter Sunday, and Doug McDermott scored half of his 20 points in the final period Tuesday. In their last two fourth quarters, the Knicks outscored their opponents 71-36 while holding Indiana and Charlotte to a combined 32.5 percent shooting (14-for-43).

    "We're not giving up," New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We've gotten down in some of these games, and it's an emphasis like, 'Hey, keep playing.' The game is not always won or lost in the first or second quarter. It's a 48-minute game. That's why I'm happy for these guys."

    "We fought," said Knicks forward Lance Thomas, who is a plus-41 in the last two games after playing both fourth quarters. "We scrapped. ... We had a tough battle the other night with Indiana, and we had to come from behind to get the win. We had some resolve to come back."

    New York's performance in the final quarter also keyed its last win in the series with Orlando, on March 6 in Florida. The Knicks held the Magic to 13 points on 18 percent shooting in the last 12 minutes and picked up a 113-105 victory.

    (cbssports.com via STATS)

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    Thanks again, Rady.

    Orlando is a Jekyll and Hyde team so far. Good test for us to see if we can keep rolling and consistently show up to compete at a high level.

    Letís go Knicks!

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    nice thread!
    KP is questionable tonight, sore ankle and contused elbow.
    if he sits out tonight who takes his place?
    blame vegas

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    He can't be replaced. It's the 2nd game of a back to back so I could see resting him. Horn has been unbelievable with his substitutions so lets see what he comes up with today if KP can't go. Got a feeling that WHG might be the hero today if KP can't go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    He can't be replaced. It's the 2nd game of a back to back so I could see resting him. Horn has been unbelievable with his substitutions so lets see what he comes up with today if KP can't go. Got a feeling that WHG might be the hero today if KP can't go.
    Kristaps Porzingis (sprained left ankle, bruised right elbow) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Porzingis has been playing through the ankle issue for about a week now, but this is the first we're hearing of an elbow injury, and it's somewhat concerning that it's to his shooting arm. It looks like he'll be a game-time call tonight, so owners will need to check back closer to tip-off, but if he is out that would open up a ton of minutes for guys like Michael Beasley, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez. Tim Hardaway Jr. would also see a massive bump in usage sans PorzinGod.

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    Maybe HORN employs the same strategy as last night... Let KP start game and do his thing, then hold him back for the final 5 minutes in the 4th (if necessary).

    Anyway, yeah... I agree... Release the WHG beast tonight. Still, without KP... gonna be tough for us to win without our Unicorn.

    Here's the Timmy and Mcbuckets! Score, score, and score some more.

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    "It's a nightmare trying to figure out a game plan how to stop him when he's shooting the ball from 10 feet above everybody else's head, whether it's in the post or at the 3-point line," Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. "Just a remarkable talent and one of the most unique guys in the league to try to game-plan for. We've just got to try to do our best."

    Another NBA HC praising KP. Seems the coaches appreciate KP more than some posters here... J/K!

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    No KP tonight.

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    Beasley gets the start with KP out.

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    Dang it! Part of being an All-Star player is dependability. Not saying missing 1 game is an indictment on his ability to stay healthy. But, given his injury history.... well, playing 55 games a year isn't good enough.

    Let's just hope this isn't a lingering issue or something that's a portend of things to come later this season.

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    If you want to endear yourself to your teammates, keep getting them point blank open shots like Ntilikina. Ntilikina reminds me a little bit of how Prigioni used to play.

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    THJ with 11 points and 5 boards in the 1st quarter. We lead 28 - 27 at the end of the 1st quarter.

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    Great Game Thread Rady .... The first quarter (28-27) prove the Knicks n Magic may be a comparable team this season .. I hope THJ dont give the Magic a big lead by shooting to many 3's in the first half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    If you want to endear yourself to your teammates, keep getting them point blank open shots like Ntilikina. Ntilikina reminds me a little bit of how Prigioni used to play.
    KP never gave us half the defensive-effort we seen Frank give in the past 6 games .. KP missing this back to back .. KP missing our 11th game .. i hope its for Horn to give WHG some double digit minute playing time vs rookie Jonathan Isaac

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    We trail 54 - 50 at the half. Hanging in there without KP. Going to need to step it up in the 2nd half if we want to take this one though.

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    We can Adjust and win .. Lower the turnovers .. Go after Fournier
    I'm surprised Willy hasnít gotten an opportunity yet .. Beasley has not been capitalizing on his opportunity .. Iíd give him some more time but on a short leash .. then we need to see WHG n Quinn together

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