What They're Saying Before the Orlando Magic Face Off Against the Atlanta Hawks

  • Orlando Magic PF Rashard Lewis is still searching for his shooting touch
    Josh Robbins notes that Rashard Lewis is a player to look out for in the Orlando Magic's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Here's the rundown:

    One player to watch closely is power forward Rashard Lewis, who acknowledges that he's still playing "catch-up" after his 10-game suspension to begin the regular season.

    Lewis knew it would take him a little while to reacclimate after his NBA-imposed punishment for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level. He just didn’t expect that he would need at least six games to find his rhythm offensively.

    Lewis has struggled with his outside shot since he returned to the Magic lineup on Nov. 16. In his five games so far, Lewis has made just 5 of his 29 shots from beyond the arc. That's a surprise for someone who had made 39.1 percent of his career 3-point attempts entering this season.
  • Bibby's status still uncertain
    Ken Sugiura of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Hawks' point guard, Mike Bibby, is a game-day decision against the Magic.

    The decision on whether Hawks guard Mike Bibby will play against Orlando on Thursday will be a game-day decision.

    Bibby, who sprained his left ankle in Saturday's loss to New Orleans, missed practice for a third consecutive day Wednesday. The decision will be made at the Thursday morning shootaround at Philips Arena, coach Mike Woodson said.
  • Bibby's status still uncertain
    In case you're into aesthetics.

    The Hawks will debut their alternate road uniforms against Orlando, a bright red jersey with "ATL" across the chest in white.

    "I love ‘em," center Al Horford said. "I'm pretty excited about it."

    Johnson, Bibby and others will wear shoes to match the uniforms.
    Here's what the unis look like, in case you're curious.
  • Thanksgiving Night Game Thread: Orlando (11-4) @ Atlanta (11-3)
    Bret Lagree of Hoopinion shares the particulars of tonight's game.

    Having the Hawks play a game on one of the great eating days of the year is a mixed blessing. Getting the 8pm game on TNT is a mark of how far the team has come but due to holiday plans and obligations I can't attend and where, on a normal Thanksgiving, I could relax watching basketball in between trips back and forth to a stuffed refrigerator while becoming intermittently fixated on my suddenly distended belly, tonight I'll be taking notes and paying rapt attention to the battle for first place in the Southeast.
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