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Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic Preseason Game Preview

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One year to the day after shaking up the franchise with two big trades, the Orlando Magic visit the Miami Heat on Sunday, the first of two preseason meetings against the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

Following a disappointing showing in the playoffs, and in the midst of superstar center Dwight Howard's potential departure, Orlando finds itself in a bit of a rough spot as the season begins. Will the addition of power forward Glen Davis--set to come off the bench Sunday, with Ryan Anderson to start--and the departure of point guard Gilbert Arenas prove enough to boost the Magic back into the East's elite? They'll grapple with that question throughout the year, beginning Sunday.

Miami added ace wing defender Shane Battier--though he's doubtful for Sunday's game--to its impressive roster via free agency, giving it three of the league's 10 best perimeter stoppers.

2011/2012 NBA Preseason
Orlando Magic main logo
Miami Heat main logo
December 18th, 2011
AmericanAirlines Arena
6:00 PM
FSN Florida
Possible Starters
Jameer Nelson PG Mario Chalmers
Jason Richardson SG Dwyane Wade
Hedo Turkoglu SF LeBron James
Ryan Anderson PF Chris Bosh
Dwight Howard C Joel Anthony
2010/11 Advanced Stats
91.4 (17th) Pace 90.9 (20th)
107.7 (T-14th) ORtg 111.7 (3rd)
101.8 (3rd) DRtg 103.5 (5th)
Game Officials
David Jones
Brian Forte
Tre Maddox