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“It’s time to get physical”, Magic looking to (literally) rebound at home against Knicks

New York Knicks v Orlando Magic Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images

Who: New York Knicks (1-3) at Orlando Magic (1-2)
When: Wednesday, October 30th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Streak: NY - W1, ORL - L2
Injuries: New York - Bullock (OUT - back), Payton (OUT - hamstring), Smith Jr. (OUT - personal)

101.6 (24th) Offensive Rating 95.0 (29th)
108.6 (21st) Defensive Rating 96.3 (3rd)
103.3 (15th) Pace 101.0 (25th)
Projected Starters
New York Orlando
R.J. Barrett G D.J. Augustin
Wayne Ellington G Evan Fournier
Marcus Morris F Aaron Gordon
Julius Randle F Jonathan Isaac
Mitchell Robinson C Nikola Vucevic

Pre-Game Quotes from Coach Clifford

“We haven’t rebounded in training camp, it’s been a major problem. It took us 30-35 games last year before we started (rebounding). If we don’t start to hit tonight, they (Knicks) will do the same thing they did against Chicago.” ~ Clifford on the lack of physicality so far this season.

“For us right now, our purpose of play has to get better. I don’t usually say this, but it’s (also) shot-making and decisions at the rim. Our decisions on when to finish, versus when to dribble through or kick it out, has really hurt us.” ~ Clifford on some of the struggles he’s noticed on film through three games.

“It’s one-on-one defense; individual defense and defend without fouling. And then it’s the rebounding game. Free throw game (tonight), and the rebounding game.” ~ Clifford on the “keys” to tonight’s game against the Knicks.

“I watched three of their games. Their big, their physical, and they present a problem on the glass.” ~ Clifford’s assessment of the Knicks front-court.

“I think the lesson to be learned for young players watching (Isaac), he had 25 points - and he had one play called for him. This is what you don’t get (today) that you got seven or eight years ago when guys understood how to play when they got into the league. What he did the other night was, he moved without the ball better - he found open areas.” ~ Coach Clifford on Jonathan Isaac’s breakout offensive performance Monday night in Toronto

For a compilation of Orlando Magic headlines following Monday night’s game in Toronto, check out our Morning headlines here.

Our Cory Hutson wrote about short-term fixes that the Magic can address early in the season here.

Our friends over at Posting and Toasting wrote a Magic/Knicks game preview that you can read here.

Follow us on Twitter at @OPPMagicBlog for live game reactions from Aaron Goldstone. Leave your pre-game and in-game comments below. And as always - enjoy!