The Orlando Magic crashed back to reality in their second week of play, losing four straight games to fall to 2-4 on the season. Three games appear on the schedule in the third week of play.
OPP will do weekly schedule posts like this one throughout the year so you can plan accordingly for Magic games. Good news for this year: Fox Sports Florida will serve as the Magic's only local television broadcast partner, meaning you won't have to double-check TV listings on a nightly basis.
All times listed are Eastern.
Tuesday: Magic vs. New York Knicks, 7 PM, Fox Sports Florida
If there's a cure for what ails a team that's lost four straight games by an average of 17 points, then the Knicks aren't it. New York is the league's lone remaining unbeaten team and, as coincidence might have it, has won its games by an average of 17 points. Playing power forward in the injured Amar'e Stoudemire's stead, Carmelo Anthony is scoring 27.3 points per game, while reserve guard J.R. Smith is posting 17.5 per contest.
Friday: Magic at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 PM, Fox Sports Florida
Orlando turns its attention from an undefeated foe to a winless one, though the Pistons will have two more tries to get into the win column before facing Orlando on Friday. Third-year center Greg Monroe is blowing up the stat sheet, posting 15.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and three combined steals and blocks so far, but he's the only bright spot on what's arguably the league's saddest team.
Sunday: Magic at Toronto Raptors, 1 PM, Fox Sports Florida
The Magic wrap the week with a visit to Air Canada Centre for one of the Raptors' charming Sunday matinée games; as a college student, I've never been wild about 1 PM tipoffs, even on Sundays. Offseason pickups Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields have missed some action with ankle and hand injuries, respectively. Seven-footer Andrea Bargnani has expertly parodied himself so far, scoring 17.2 points per game on 16 shots while averaging a rebound every seven minutes.
What are your predictions for the season's third week?