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Can the Magic pull-off the unthinkable again?

NBA: Playoffs-Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (33-40) at Milwaukee Bucks (56-17)
Series: Orlando, 1-0
When: Thursday, August 20th, 6:00 PM EST
Where: Disney World (Wide World of Sports Complex), Lake Buena Vista, FL
TV: ESPN, Fox Sports FL
Line: Milwaukee -13, O/U: 227.5
Injuries: Orlando - Al-Farouq Aminu (OUT, knee), Mohamed Bamba (OUT, COVID-related), Michael Carter-Williams (OUT, foot), Aaron Gordon (OUT, hamstring), Jonathan Isaac (OUT, knee); Milwaukee - None

Milwaukee Bucks Orlando Magic
112.4 (8th) ORtg 108.5 (23rd)
102.9 (1st) DRtg 109.5 (10th)
105.1 (1st) Pace 98.6 (25th)
Projected Starting Lineups
Eric Bledsoe G Markelle Fultz
Wesley Matthews G Evan Fournier
Khris Middleton F James Ennis
Giannis Antetokounmpo F Gary Clark
Brook Lopez C Nikola Vucevic


Quotes from Coach Clifford

“I think they’re both a lot better. I think Aaron (Gordon) is closer than Mike (Carter-Williams). Aaron just doesn’t have the strength back in that leg. But watching him yesterday, he’s moving a lot better than when they played (two-on-two) on Monday. So I think he’s closer, but it just depends on how things progress, how much stronger he feels by tomorrow.”
~Clifford on the status of Aaron Gordon and Michael Carter-Williams

“That’s at the top of the list. I felt like the defensive rebounding part also, we got a little bit lucky. They had eleven offensive rebounds (but didn’t score much off of those), that was the second part. And then our turnovers, fifteen turnovers for us was a lot. Those are the three things for me (going into today) that we’re not going to be ale to do. But for sure, it starts with the fouling. We got lucky, they went 18 for 28 from the line (and they’re not going to do that again).”
~Clifford on the 26 fouls his team committed in Game One


Our Zach Oliver provided three takeaways from Tuesday’s decisive Orlando victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game One.

Garrett Townsend shared his thoughts yesterday regarding how the Magic managed to shock the Milwaukee Bucks.

Our Mike Cali previews Game Two here.

ICYMI, Mike also did a Q & A with Mitchell Maurer of Brew Hoop (SB Nation) prior to the start of the Magic/Bucks series here.


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