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(1-1) vs. (1-0)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 1.5
Tickets: $5-$308 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Dec. 9 in Phoenix
1) Hedo Turkoglu will be out for the next four weeks with a broken left hand, leaving Orlando extremely thin at small forward. With Maurice Harkless and DeQuan Jones preparing to come back from injuries, possibly tonight, they may be thrust into important roles rather than eased into the NBA, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) The Magic are the walking wounded right now. Jameer Nelson sat out Saturday's practice and Sunday's shootaround with a strained hamstring and groin. His status for tonight's game is questionable, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
3) In addition to Harkless and Jones coming back, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports Gustavo Ayon could be ready to play Sunday.
4) The Magic were very pleased with their opening night win, Ajeeta Khanna of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes, as the team has truly turned the page culturally from the toxicity of the last year. The win was quite the impressive performance for the Magic. Vaughn's performance particularly shined according to Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball.net
5) Marcin Gortat reflects on his three and a half years with the Magic at the Suns shootaround this morning (h/t Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel).
6) Jacque Vaughn and his wife needed a trial run before committing to kids. Like many couples might, they turned to a dog to help prep them. Vaughn was hesitant for sure, but Duke is now a major part of their family and the Vaughn family, along with Duke, have come full circle and back to Orlando, George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
7) The Suns have not exactly been associated with defense recently, but that is where the rebuilding after Steve Nash is going to have to begin. That is where Phoenix is hoping to find some more consistency and chemistry, Sarah McLellan of azcentral writes.
8) The Suns defense might be playing well, but their offense is struggling. Dave King of Bright Side of the Sun knows that Goran Dragic will be steering this ship this season and wonders just how he is doing through two offensively challenged games.
9) Basketball has indeed survived in Orlando, Prestoon Raulerson of Magic Basketball Online writes.