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Game 12: Magic vs. Spurs GameThread

Orlando will be down one starter as their five-game home-stand continues...

Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

Who: San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic
When: Friday, November 15th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Line: Orlando -3, O/U: 209.5
Injuries: Orlando - Jonathan Isaac (OUT)

San Antonio Orlando
109.4 (9th) Offensive Rating 101.7 (29th)
111.2 (22nd) Defensive Rating 101.4 (4th)
102.7 (14th) Pace 97.7 (30th)
Projected Starters
Dejounte Murray G Markelle Fultz
Bryn Forbes G Evan Fournier
DeMar DeRozan F Aaron Gordon
Trey Lyles F Al-Farouq Aminu
LaMarcus Aldridge C Nikola Vucevic

Quotes from Coach Clifford’s Pre-game Conference

“No ‘JI’, everyone else will be good to go. He just rolled it, tweaked it. We’ll know more...look, it can happen. This is why as a coach, you always laugh when people say - you’re up 12 (points) with a minute left, why don’t you take them out - someone could get hurt. Someone could get hurt walking down the hall, it happens all the time. Injuries happen, it’s unfortunate, but that’s why we’re fortunate to have good depth. Hopefully we’ll be able to play well.” ~ Coach Clifford on Jonathan Isaac’s ankle injury. It’s speculated that Isaac rolled his ankle Thursday at a team event unveiling new uniforms.

“We’re in a stretch here, three games in five days. A lot of it is, just film work and emphasis more than it is pounding them. The biggest thing is that your work on things, but you need the right energy level for the games. I think we have good habits, we’ve got a good foundation with that stuff. We have to get back to it tonight. Tonight will not be an easy game to get a lot of deflections to be honest with you.” ~ Coach Clifford when asked about his defense and their ability this season to be disruptive this season (by deflecting the basketball).

“It’s the post defense and the Iso defense. If you look back at...(compared to 7 or 8 years ago), we don’t spend nearly as much time on post defense, catch-and-shoot defense, and ‘iso’ defense. That used to be a lot of your practice time because everybody had post-up games, ‘iso’ games, catch-and-shoot games.” ~ Coach Clifford when I asked him about how different it is to prepare for DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge (who don’t shoot a lot of three-point attempts) compared to other all-star caliber players around the league.

For perspective from our opponent, check out the work from our friends over at Pounding the Rock here.

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