UPDATE: With Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis ailing, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has elected to rest Dwight Howard tonight as well. Marcin Gortat will get the start in his place, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Take a look at the depth chart, which I updated today prior to the news of Howard resting. Everyone's going to get off the bench tonight. Adonal Foyle may even play 20+ minutes if Gortat or Battie gets into foul trouble. Jeremy Richardson may also get plenty of time to pad his stats in order to prove he belongs in the NBA. This game will be ugly.
|2008/2009 NBA Regular Season|
|April 13th, 2009|
|Rafer Alston||PG||Luke Ridnour|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Ramon Sessions|
|Mickael Pietrus||SF||Richard Jefferson|
|Tony Battie||PF||Luc Mbah a Moute|
|Marcin Gortat||C||Dan Gadzuric|
|November 24th: Magic 108, Bucks 101|
|March 18th: Magic 106, Bucks 80|
|March 27th: Magic 110, Bucks 94|
With Rashard Lewis (knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (ankle) sidelined for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic will start Tony Battie and Mickael Pietrus. Here's a question to ponder before tipoff: which starting lineup is better?
Is it the 2006/2007 lineup of Jameer Nelson, Grant Hill, Turkoglu, Battie, and Dwight Howard? Or is it tonight's starting lineup, detailed in the chart above? These are the sort of things I think about before the 81st game of the season.
In light of Dwight's benching, perhaps the following question is pertinent. Would you rather have tonight's starting five, detailed above, or the most common starting lineup from the team's 21-61 season? For the record, the most common lineup that year was Tyronn Lue at the point, Keith Bogans and Tracy McGrady on the wings, and Juwan Howard up front with Andrew DeClercq in the middle.
A win tonight would set a new franchise record for victories on the road. So there's that much to play for, I suppose.
Get the ball to Dwight, who has beasted the Bucks this year, and the club should achieve that milestone.
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Tip's at 8. Go Magic.