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Tonight's Orlando Magic Game: vs. Houston Rockets

2009/2010 NBA Season
Houston Rockets main logo
Orlando Magic main logo
17-11 21-7
December 23rd, 2009
Amway Arena
7:00 PM
FSN Florida / NBA TV
Probable Starters
Aaron Brooks PG Jameer Nelson
Trevor Ariza SG Vince Carter
Shane Battier SF Mickael Pietrus
Luis Scola PF Rashard Lewis
Chuck Hayes C Dwight Howard
Game Officials
Monty McCutchen
Curtis Blair
Zach Zarba

The Orlando Magic continue their long homestand to end 2009 when they host the Houston Rockets tonight at Amway Arena. Houston's been up-and-down this season--they've yet to string together more than three consecutive wins--but have exceeded expectations with a plus-.500 record without franchise center Yao Ming. Without him, the Rockets are a bunch of career role-players surrounding former superstar guard Tracy McGrady, who's recovering from multiple knee operations and playing 8 minutes per game off the bench. How the mighty--just 5 years ago, McGrady had enough clout to demand the Magic trade him, which they did--have fallen.

As Josh Robbins explains here, the Magic can't get complacent tonight. Houston is a dangerous team with speedy wings who play the passing lanes (Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier, and Aaron Brooks) as well as strong, tough big men (Chuck Hayes, Carl Landry, and Luis Scola). The Rockets are more than capable of stealing a game tonight, especially if Orlando takes them lightly.

Tip's at 7. Once again, I'm at The Am.