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Casey WomackCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

Before we talk about tonight's game, let's reflect on how right I was about the matchup problems against Miami.  Kidding.  But seriously, feels good to be right.

Tonight, the Thunder rolls into Orlando and try and steal another game from the Magic.  Last time these teams met up, I had the chance to watch first hand at the massacre that the Thunder handed the Magic. They completely came out and shut Orlando down in the third quarter and never looked back.

Tonight, the Thunder will have a much harder time getting the "W." 

Last game, the Magic was full of injuries and slept on the Thunder.  Now the league is becoming more aware of how good the team actually is and will give no breaks.

This game, the legendary Vince Carter is back from his injury and will look to get back into his rhythm against the Thunder. Also, Rashard Lewis is back from his 10 game suspension and looking to shake off his recent rust tonight.

Again, call me bias, but the Thunder have a shot again tonight.

Thabo Sefolosha will look to build on his recent reputation as a top defender and take on Vince Carter.  Vince Carter didn't take long in his first game to get his shot going and hit four trey balls last game. 

Although, Carter hasn't played against a defender like Sefolosha.  He will be forced to do things he doesn't want to do and he will be contained tonight.  Mark that down.

Russell Westbrook will be going up against Jason Williams tonight.  I know Williams can be pretty good.  He has the skills to lead any time to a victory. 

But let's be honest.  Do you really think he'll be able to stop Westbrook from doing anything he wants offensively?  Hopefully Westbrook doesn't have one of his down games and can take advantage of this matchup.

Dwight Howard will look to get some revenge against the Thunder tonight after being extremely frustrated last game.  The Thunder was all over him all night and gave him no easy baskets.  He was forced into making his points from the foul line.  Now it's very doubtful that same thing will be happen again. 

If Howard can get open down low tonight, this game could get out of hand.  However, with the physical presence of Etan Thomas I doubt Scott Brooks will let him get going too much. 

Kevin Durant will be going up against Mickael Pietrus and should have another great night based off this match up.  Pietrus is no way near the length of Durant and that is a very, very bad thing for the Magic. 

Ask Miami how their matchup went last night. 

Tip off is at 6:00 CST.

 

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