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Tonight's Game: Orlando Magic at New York Knicks

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2008/2009 NBA Regular Season
Orlando Magic 20th anniversary logo
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New York Knicks alternate logo
41-15 24-32
February 25th, 2009
Madison Square Garden
7:30 PM
Sun Sports
Probable starters:
Rafer Alston PG Chris Duhon
Courtney Lee SG Wilson Chandler
Hedo Turkoglu SF Al Harrington
Rashard Lewis PF David Lee
Dwight Howard C Jared Jeffries

The Orlando Magic will try to shake off last night's humiliating 120-102 loss to the Chicago Bulls when they play the New York Knicks tonight in Madison Square Garden. Through a sort of scheduling quirk, the Magic and Knicks have yet to play each other this season, although we're about two-thirds of the way through it. Hm.

One thing to keep an eye on tonight: how Knicks point guard Chris Duhon performs. The Magic targeted Duhon in free agency last summer, but he chose the Knicks, and the guaranteed starting job, instead. I'm not Duhon's biggest fan, but he'd make one heckuva backup to Jameer Nelson, no? As we know, the Magic eventually signed Mickael Pietrus with the money they were willing to give to Duhon. He has a sprained wrist and is not expected back until Friday's game against Detroit.

We could see an NBA record for most three-pointers attempted in a single game tonight, as the Magic and the Knicks love to hoist from long range. Orlando is a much better defensive team; is more talented; and has Dwight Howard, whom the smallish Knicks have no chance of stopping. However, one can replace the word "Knicks" with "Bulls" and get a fairly accurate picture of that team, which pasted the Magic last night. In other words, don't pencil this one in as a "W" for the Magic just yet.

Tip's at 7:30. With any luck, Knicks guard Nate Robinson will be too busy randomly jumping over Dwight Howard to actually do anything of consequence... like score 41 points, as he did Monday night against Indiana. Go Magic.