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Magic vs. Mavericks: Orlando hosts Dallas in middle game of homestand

The Magic have had two days off since their last game, while their opponents on Saturday are playing their second game in as many nights.

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Notebook: Nelson benching a "coaching decision"

Though he was fully healthy, Orlando's starting point guard and co-captain didn't play the final 17 minutes of what had been a close game Saturday.

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Mavericks outlast turnover-prone Magic, 108-100

The Magic committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, undermining an otherwise strong comeback effort.

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Carlisle: Afflalo "turning into a star player"

One of the Dallas Mavericks' biggest tasks against the Orlando Magic on Saturday is stopping Orlando swingman Arron Afflalo. The UCLA product is averaging 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists--all career-bests--with a staggering True Shooting mark of 61.3 percent.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle dished on Afflalo prior to Saturday's tipoff.

"He's an aggressive player who's got it going right now," Carlisle said. "He's what we call a 'hot player.' You make eight threes in one game, you're a hot player, you know?"

In Orlando's victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Afflalo drained eight three-pointers. He finished the game with 36 points as Orlando erased a 19-point deficit.

Carlisle said accounting for Afflalo is a priority for his team.

"We gotta know where he's at at all times," the coach said. "We gotta try to limit his touches, limit his shots as much as possible." He also said that Dallas will try to wear him down by making him work hard at the defensive end.

Ultimately, Carlisle offered high praise for the Magic's starting shooting guard, concluding his pregame remarks with this comment:

"He's turning into a star player here."

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Magic vs. Mavs: Jones available, O'Quinn out

Kyle O`Quinn won't suit up for the Orlando Magic for their game Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks, coach Jacque Vaughn said in his pre-game meeting with the media. The second-year big man turned his ankle in Wednesday's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and did not practice Thursday or Friday.

In a surprising development, Vaughn said that Solomon Jones will be available Saturday, though there's no guarantee that he'll play. "It'll be up to me whether or not he plays or not," Vaughn said.

Jones, 29, tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in Orlando's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 30th, but Vaughn said the Mount Dora native has "responded well" to treatment. Jones elected not to undergo surgery. In two appearances before the injury, Jones averaged two points and five rebounds in 13.5 minutes. "What made him a bonus for our team is that he's a veteran and he's been in situations before," Vaughn said.

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Magic vs. Mavericks GameThread

The Magic take the floor Saturday with an opportunity to reach .500.

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Orlando Magic Preview: Q&A with Orlando Pinstriped Post

Orlando Pinstriped Post contributor Tyler Lashbrook visits with Mavs Moneyball to preview Saturday's game between the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks.

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