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    Orlando Magic Game thread: New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic 7:00 10/30/2019 [Game #5]





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    Amway Center, Orlando, FL MSG 7:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Orlando Magic
    Elfrid Payton - Strained right hamstring (OUT) No injuries to report
    Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT) -
    Kadeem Allen - Strained right foot (OUT) -
    Mitchell Robinson - Sprained left ankle (PROB) -


    No Payton & no DSJ for tonight can only mean one thing:



    Game Preview

    The New York Knicks will attempt to accomplish a rare feat on Wednesday, something they managed just three times during all of last season.

    The Knicks bid for their first winning streak of the young season when they open a two-game road trip against the Orlando Magic.

    RJ Barrett wasn't there for last season's troubles, and the third overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft helped New York to its first victory of 2019-20 with a 19-point, 15-rebound performance in Monday's 105-98 win over the Chicago Bulls.

    "It was great. It was electric in there," Barrett said. "Hopefully, we get to have this feeling many more times."

    Bobby Portis was perhaps the primary reason for that feeling, as the reserve power forward recorded 11 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. Portis' performance helped the Knicks avoid their first 0-4 start since 2005-06.

    "We've just been waiting for him," New York coach David Fizdale said of the 24-year-old Portis. "He's played a little tight, trying to be perfect. I told him to keep letting it fly. He unleashed it (Monday). That was a game."

    Portis' point total eclipsed the sum of his previous three games (18).

    "I feel like I wasn't myself the first couple games and I didn't bring the energy, so I had to get back to being who I am," Portis said.

    Julius Randle collected 13 points and 14 rebounds on Monday, marking his fourth straight double-double performance. He is the first player to start his Knicks career with four double-doubles since Zach Randolph in 2007-08.

    While New York snapped its winning streak, Orlando lost its second consecutive contest with Monday's 104-95 setback to the Toronto Raptors.

    Jonathan Isaac highlighted his career-high 24-point performance with a personal-best five 3-pointers in the loss. His strong performance aside, the 22-year-old New York native admitted that his team needs time to find its offensive rhythm.

    "I think guys are just growing in their games," Isaac said, via the Orlando Sentinel. "We've got to figure each other out. It's not going to be perfect but we can absolutely do better and that's what we're focused on. So we'll take this to the chin and get back home and get ready to get a win."

    Isaac recorded two strong performances and a dismal one in three meetings against the Knicks last season. He combined to make 12 of 21 shots -- including 5 of 9 from 3-point range -- in the first two contests before going 3-for-16 from the field and 0-for-6 from beyond the arc in the Magic's 114-100 victory on April 3.

    Orlando center Nikola Vucevic looks to rebound after a nightmarish 1-for-13 performance from the field against Toronto. He finished with five points after averaging 18.5 in his first two games.

    "If I come through offensively like the team needs me to do, we have a much better chance," the 29-year-old Vucevic said. "It's just disappointing because I could have helped the team much more."

    Vucevic will look to do precisely that on Wednesday, when Orlando opens its three-game homestand. The Magic will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday during their first set of back-to-back games this season.


    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    Frank should start but it wouldn’t surprise me if Fiz goes with RJ again at PG with the idea that Frank is better coming off the bench.

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    Thanks, Rady.

    Tonight is a good test of the nature of this team. Playing well and winning 2 games in a row is about as rare as it gets under Fizdale.

    Can Portis be a major contributor again? Can Ntilikina make a shot? Can RJ and Randle combine for a triple double again? Can MRob not average a foul every 2 minutes? Lots of questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Frank should start but it wouldn’t surprise me if Fiz goes with RJ again at PG with the idea that Frank is better coming off the bench.
    Starting lineup is supposedly going to be:

    PG - RJ
    SG - Ellington
    SF - Morris
    PF - Randle
    C - MRob

    Fizdale says he doesn’t want to lose Ntilikina to foul trouble, which makes no sense to me as a reason not to start someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Frank should start but it wouldn’t surprise me if Fiz goes with RJ again at PG with the idea that Frank is better coming off the bench.
    Fiz going with RJ and Ellington back court. I don’t care how Fizdale spins this, definitely a lack of confidence that Nits is a starting PG. You’ll see a matchup of draft bust Markelle Fultz vs. Nits, Fultz seems like he’s coming along but still a disappointment as a number one pick.

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    Not criticizing Fiz choice of an RJ/Ellington backcourt, it might be the best chance to beat the Magic. Backup PG, defensive stopper is probably the role most suited for Nits, he’s not a starting PG as I’ve always said.

    That RJ/Trier backcourt was a disaster, let’s see if Ellington is a better pairing.

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    Thanks Rady .... We need a 30 minute Frank on the court throughout the 2019-20 season!
    We need to take RJ out of the starter lineup to give the outstanding rookie RJ Barrett the 30 minute 6th Man role!
    We also need to give Fizdale a big demotion to water boy!

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    Randle has 3 assists in less than 4 minutes, including 2 great assists to MRob for dunks.

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    Randle doing all the moves Frank & MitchRob suppose to do this season to start the game

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    2 nice dimes by Randle, wrap around pass to MRob for one and alley oop on the other for 2 dunks. Randle is averaging 4.5 dimes per game this season.

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    Ntilikina knocks down a shot for his 1st points of the season.

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    Knicks shooting has been atrocious.

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    Ntilikina drains the deep 3 to beat the buzzer at the end of the 1st quarter. We’re getting a different Ntilikina tonight.

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    Frank shot getting untracked today. 7 pts including buzzer beating 3 to end the qtr.

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    Getting a good dose of Kiya’s favorite backcourt with Ntilikina and Dotson.

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