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No one is hotter on offense than the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, so Orlando’s first encounter with the 7-foot-Three ahead may be coming at a nasty time for the Magic.
After consecutive double-digit dwelling losses, the Magic will try to cease Porzingis on Wednesday night time after they host the surging Knicks.
Orlando (6-Four) is off to a good begin, however its final two video games didn't go nicely. The early-season surge was highlighted by a blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 27, however towards the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics final weekend, little went proper.


lost 105-83 to the Bulls on Friday night time. The follow-up didn't go any higher, as Orlando shot 36.Three %, missed 23 of 29 Three-point makes an attempt and wound up with a 104-88 loss to the Celtics.
Trying to rebound from its first important adversity of the season happens simply earlier than Orlando begins a four-game West Coast swing that features a go to to Golden State. The journey is a part of a 10-game stretch by which the Magic will play simply twice at dwelling.
“It’s crucial, particularly as a result of after that we go to the West Coast,” Orlando middle Nikola Vucevic stated of the New York recreation. “These West Coast journeys could be very robust and difficult, and we now have some robust video games to play over there. So, I feel it might be crucial for us simply because we misplaced two and since we now have this street journey.”
The Magic should devise an efficient defensive technique towards Porzingis, who scored 28 factors within the Knicks’ 118-113 dwelling victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Porzingis is averaging 30.2 factors, second to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo within the early scoring race, and he leads the league with seven 30-point video games.
“He’s a troublesome matchup for certain,” Orlando ahead Aaron Gordon stated. “He’s so tall and might shoot the ball very nicely. (He’s) cellular, athletic. He’s an excellent participant, and he’s doing what New York wants him to do. I’m simply going to go on the market and make it tough for him, take him out of his consolation zone, crowd him be athletic, run him up and down the courtroom.”
Gordon, who at 6-9 is 6 inches shorter than Porzingis, can be a part of Orlando’s makes an attempt to cease the Latvian, particularly on mid-range photographs and on the perimeter. Porzingis is taking pictures 59.7 % on photographs between 10 and 19 toes and is a 38.eight % Three-point shooter.
“It’s a nightmare making an attempt to determine a recreation plan the way to cease him when he’s taking pictures the ball from 10 toes above everyone else’s head, whether or not it’s within the submit or on the Three-point line,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel stated. “Only a outstanding expertise and one of the crucial distinctive guys within the league to attempt to game-plan for. We’ve simply obtained to attempt to do our greatest.”
Porzingis’ surge is among the many the explanation why New York (6-Four) owns the identical report as Orlando, although it was a special path for the Knicks. New York dropped their first three video games, however since a 110-89 loss at Boston on Oct. 24, they're 6-1.
New York can be proving to be robust within the fourth quarter. The Knicks got here again from 19 all the way down to beat Indiana by seven on Sunday and rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Charlotte.
Porzingis scored 17 factors within the fourth quarter Sunday, and Doug McDermott scored half of his 20 factors within the remaining interval Tuesday. Of their final two fourth quarters, the Knicks outscored their opponents 71-36 whereas holding Indiana and Charlotte to a mixed 32.5 % taking pictures (14-for-43).
“We’re not giving up,” New York coach Jeff Hornacek stated. “We’ve gotten down in a few of these video games, and it’s an emphasis like, ‘Hey, preserve taking part in.’ The sport will not be at all times gained or misplaced within the first or second quarter. It’s a 48-minute recreation. That’s why I’m glad for these guys.”
“We fought,” stated Knicks ahead Lance Thomas, who's a plus-41 within the final two video games after taking part in each fourth quarters. “We scrapped. … We had a troublesome battle the opposite night time with Indiana, and we needed to come from behind to get the win. We had some resolve to return again.”
New York’s efficiency within the remaining quarter additionally keyed its final win within the collection with Orlando, on March 6 in Florida. The Knicks held the Magic to 13 factors on 18 % taking pictures within the final 12 minutes and picked up a 113-105 victory.