Opening Night: Philadelphia 76ers @ Orlando Magic


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The Orlando Magic will open arguably the most anticipated season in franchise history when they play host to the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, Wednesday October 28th at 7:00 PM EST. I’ll be tweeting and blogging live from Amway Arena.

The game will be shown on Sun Sports and can be heard on the radio on WDBO AM 580 in English and on WONQ AM 1030 in Spanish.

The Line: Magic -8

The Magic beat the 76ers in all three of their regular season matchups last season and then defeated the 76ers 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

The Magic fell behind the 76ers 2-1 before winning the next 3 games. The Magic won game 6 without starters Dwight Howard and Courtney Lee. JJ Redick (15 points) and Marcin Gortat (11 points, 15 rebounds) filled in admirably as the Magic blew out the 76ers 114-89 to advance on their way to the NBA Finals.

About the 76ers:

The 76ers lost starting Point Guard Andre Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers during the off-season and have made former prep-phenom Lou Williams their starter. Eddie Jordan takes over as Coach of the 76ers. He previously led the Wizards to four straight playoff appearences before being fire after starting last season 1-10. He was named head coach of Philadelphia on June 1, 2009.

Jordan runs a variation of the Princeton offense. The Princeton offense will transform Philadelphia from a running team into a halfcourt team. Last year, Philadelphia was successful when they ran teams out of the building. That won’t be the case this season. The offense thrives on teamwork – players must be in constant motion, throw smart passes and make excellent cuts towards the basket. The back-door cut is the staple of the offense.

Since Philadelphia had a lack of scorers outside of budding All-Star Andre Iguodala (who isn’t a great outside shooter) and Elton Brand (who was sidelined due to injury for the majority of last season), this offense should help Philadelphia’s scoring problems.

Starters:

Philadelphia 76ers

C Samuel Dalembert
F Elton Brand
F Thaddeus Young
G Andre Iguodala
G Lou Williams

Orlando Magic

C Dwight Howard
F Ryan Anderson
F Mickael Pietrus
G Vince Carter
G Jameer Nelson

Check out the Orlando Sentinel’s preview here and click here to read ESPN’s preview. You can find Alex Kennedy’s courtside pregame write-up here.

1st Quarter: Magic lead 29-27.

  • Lou Williams is on fire, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the 1st quarter.
  • Vine Carter hit his first shot with the Magic. He has 5 points on 2-of-4 shooting.
  • Mickael Pietrus has 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
  • The Magic have been very sloppy in the early going and it caused them to lose an early lead.

Halftime: Magic lead 70-47

  • Jason Williams provided a huge spark off of the bench. At one point, he made a great pass to Gortat for a basket and then hit back to back 3-pointers. He has 14 points and 5 assists in 13 minutes. He even drew a foul on a half-court buzzer beat attempt and hit all 3 free throws.
  • Vince Carter has 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
  • Dwight Howard has 10 points and 6 rebounds.
  • The second unit was has been fantastic. They came in with the Magic trailing and quickly built a double-digit lead.
  • The Magic out-scored the Sixers 41-20 in the 2nd quarter.

End of 3rd Quarter: Magic lead 100-69

  • 100 points in three quarters.
  • Dwight Howard leads the Magic with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Orlando’s lead was cut to 82-60 about 4 minutes into the 3rd quarter. Van Gundy called timeout and Philadelphia scored just 9 points in the rest of the quarter.

Final: Magic win 120-106.

  • I’ll have post-game thoughts, comments, and analysis.

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