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Time/TV: 8 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Timberwolves by 10
Tickets: $4-$229 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Tonight in Minneapolis; April 5 in Orlando
1) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes Jacque Vaughn made some very good decisions in his second-year debut and some very curious ones, like sitting Andrew Nicholson. Vaughn explained to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that the reason he sat Nicholson for the third quarter was the matchup with David West.
2) Andrew Nicholson's performance in the season opener was a bit of an eye opener since Nicholson has largely been forgotten among the crop of young Magic players that this team's future is built on, Jack Winter of Magic Basketball writes.
3) The Magic hung tough with the Pacers for three quarters before a momentum-changing possession and some physicality changed the game, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. It was a block party for the Pacers as they repelled the Magic's sometimes reckless attacks at the rim. It was a mixed performance for the Magic, Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball writes. The Magic hung tough with the Pacers, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
4) Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says tanking is a long-shot proposition for the Magic or any team. Unfortunately, so is winning a championship for any franchise. This just happens to be the route the Magic have chosen to take.
5) The Timberwolves have spent some money to make the Playoffs this year, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, but they as a franchise go as far as their stars -- Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio -- take them.
6) This year's opener is really different for Ricky Rubio. This marks the first opening night Rubio will be introduced as part of the starting lineup.
7) Victor Oladipo received a warm recognition from the Hoosier faithful in his return to Indiana, the state where he played his college ball the last three years, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
8) Nikola Pekovic's body is a canvass calling back to his country's past. His future, he tells Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, he hopes is a testament to his resiliency, toughness and health.
9) Wolves boss Flip Saunders handed out "unity" coins to the Wolves players, coaches and staff before the season, Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes.