Orlando Magic Game Night: Notes for Game 2

Jessica DAnalyst IApril 22, 2009

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The Orlando Magic are under fire on home court tonight as they try to tie up their first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers and forget Sunday's loss, a loss that came even though the Magic were up by 18 points during the game.

"People are a little more upset than usual," Head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "If you're not, then there's something wrong with you. We didn't do our job and we lost home court advantage."

Despite a disappointing Game 1, Van Gundy feels hopeful for his team tonight.

"My overriding sense in the locker room is that it's a confident group who thinks they're a good team," Van Gundy said. "They're determined to go after it in Game 2 knowing that it won't be easy."

Forwards Hedo Turkoglu (sprained left ankle) and Rashard Lewis (right knee tendinitis) will be slowed down by injuries, as seen in Game 1. Turkoglu said he's not close to being healthy and likely would miss time if this were a regular season game.

If the Magic want to seel the deal they'll have to improve on both sides of the court, but the Sixers will also have to play hard to repeat their performance thus far. Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo is confident.

"A lot of our players have grown. We have to have the right mind set, and I think we will show it. I know we will".


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