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    Orlando Magic Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic 3:30 12/3/2017 [Game #22]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 3:30 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    Orlando Magic New York Knicks
    Jonathan Isaac – Sprained right ankle (OUT) Tim Hardaway Jr. - Left leg injury (OUT)
    Terrence Ross – Sprained right MCL, non-displaced fracture of right tibial plateau (OUT) Kristaps Porzingis - Sprained right ankle & illness (OUT)
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    NEW YORK -- Two days after allowing three Golden State Warriors to score 20-plus points in a 21-point loss, the Orlando Magic travel to New York on Sunday afternoon to face a Knicks team that could be missing its most dangerous weapon.

    Kristaps Porzingis' status remains in doubt for the Knicks' tilt with the Magic, whose big loss to the Warriors followed one of their best wins of the season, a 121-108 victory against Oklahoma City that snapped a nine-game losing streak.

    Porzingis sprained his right ankle less than three minutes into the Knicks' 115-86 home win versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and he told reporters on Friday that swelling remained.

    Porzingis was in good spirits after his injury following Wednesday's game and pledged to return quickly.

    "They call me the lizard because I recover so quickly from things," he said with a smile. "So hopefully it's nothing too big and I'm going to get treatment, and hopefully the lizard will be ready for Sunday."

    On Saturday, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks' top player and the NBA's fifth-leading scorer was also battling an illness.

    "He's still young," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters. "He is 7-foot-3 and there are going to be times he has bumps and bruises and stuff like that. It was kind of a pride thing back in the day to play all 82. They're spreading games out, eliminating four games in five nights. So barring any injuries there is no reason to rest anymore."

    With Porzingis sidelined for much of the team's blowout of the Heat, the Knicks thrived with the return of center Enes Kanter, who had missed the previous three games -- all losses -- with back spasms. Kanter had a team-high 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win, but perhaps more importantly for New York, he brought his interior defense back to MSG. The Knicks held the Heat to 38 percent field-goal shooting and 26.3 percent from 3-point range while no Miami starter scored more than 13 points.

    The Knicks will need a similar effort to contain emerging Magic star Aaron Gordon, who had one of the league's best games of the season in the team's win over Oklahoma City. Gordon had 40 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including going 6 of 12 from 3-point range, and added 15 rebounds, four assists and four steals in 44 minutes.

    "I was just aggressive, taking opportunities, not passing anything up," Gordon said after the win against the Thunder. "If the open pass presented itself, then I was making the right read."

    New York also could be without first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, who also has a sprained ankle -- his left -- and is listed as questionable.

    The Knicks already know what it's like to face the Magic this season without Porzingis. Porzingis, who is averaging 25.8 points on the year, missed the Knicks' 112-99 loss at Orlando on Nov. 8 with ankle and elbow ailments.

    Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic combined for 68 points with the Knicks' stalwart out of the lineup, shooting 26 of 43 from the field.

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    Thanks again, Rady.

    For some reason, I didnít realize this was an afternoon game. Going to be hard to rotate it in with football and child care. Oh well. Need to step up here against a team that we should be able to handle and get back to a couple games above 0.500.

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    I'll be surprised if KP is playing today with the ankle and now some kind of bug he's got. Orlando despite the last 9 game losing streak they had is no pushover, they beat the Thunder last week putting up 121 pts against the 3rd best defense in the NBA holding teams under 100 pts. Got to stop Gordon who put up 40 against the Thunder and 29 against the Warriors, KP was our guy to do that. Beas and LT are going to have a tough time today, might have to have schemes to double him and provide help to Beasley on Gordon.

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    It's looking like dotson will be starting instead of timmy, the beas instead of KP.
    so the starting line-up looks like jack, dotson, lee, beasley, kanter.
    in theory this SHOULD make things harder for us to get some revenge. but who knows?
    this should be interesting.
    blame vegas

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    Ntilikina posting and toasting.


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    Miscalculated the tipoff time and got home an hour later, just 2 minutes left in the second quarter, what's the word on KP and Timmy?

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    McBuckets with a huge four point play!

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    Originally Posted by rady
    Miscalculated the tipoff time and got home an hour later, just 2 minutes left in the second quarter, what's the word on KP and Timmy?
    KP's got the ankle bugging him. timmy has some discomfort in one of his legs. couldn't get anything more specific than that.
    blame vegas

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    Yeah, just saw it in the Post, hope nothing too serious
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    Missed the 1st half. Looks like they were down by 17 but only down 3 at the half. KP was expected to be out but Timmy wasn't. Beas looking like he's doing the job on both ends keeping Gordon to 10 pts he had 20 at the half against OKC and scoring 11 and leading the team.

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    Knicks take the lead, baby!!!


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    Beas with the first 2 driving the lane and Enes with a layup to take a 1pt lead.

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    Sweet half court dish Jack to Beas for the dunk. Threaded the needle with a 40ft bullet bounce pass.

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    B-Easy on fire on just first start!


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    Kanter 90% FT shooter and 68% fg %. What a season so far. Frank having a nice offensive game 9 pts.

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