TONIGHT: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30
WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas
BROADCAST: TV — None. RADIO — 580 AM (WDBO). SPANISH BROADCAST — elorlandomagic.com.
1. Cleaning things up: The Magic (0-2) have had trouble with fouls and turnovers so far this preseason. Those problems intensified in Friday’s 110-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Magic committed 34 fouls, resulting in 46 Cavaliers free throws, and the Magic also turned the ball over 25 times. The Magic would like to clean up both areas tonight.
2. Oladipo’s momentum: Magic rookie Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game so far this preseason. It’s been an impressive beginning — a beginning notable for his composure and his activity level. Because of injuries to Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Shane Larkin, Dallas likely will start Gal Mekel alongside Monta Ellis. It’ll be interesting to see how Oladipo fares if he defends Ellis, who is one of the streakiest scorers in the NBA. The Magic believe Oladipo can be an elite defender early in his pro career.
3. The O’Quinn experiment: OK, maybe “experiment” isn’t the proper word to use for Jacque Vaughn’s decision to start Kyle O’Quinn at power forward in both of Orlando’s prior exhibitions. But O’Quinn gives the Magic more size, and he can set effective screens. It’s possible he’ll start again tonight. Will the Magic might cross-match defensively? Vaughn could begin the game by assigning Nik Vucevic to defend Dirk Nowitzki and O’Quinn to defend Samuel Dalembert. (For more on O’Quinn at power forward, click here.)
THE BUZZ: Magic power forward Glen Davis (left foot rehabilitation) and guard Doron Lamb (sprained right ankle) will not play. . . . This exhibition will begin a stretch in which the Magic will play four times in seven days.
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