The Orlando Magic look to build off a stirring come-from-behind victory with a must-win game over the Atlanta Hawks before returning home.
Orlando Magic (25-32) vs. Atlanta Hawks (17-42)
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2020 Season Series: Hawks 103, Magic 99 in Atlanta on Oct. 26; Hawks 101, Magic 93 in Orlando on Dec. 30; Magic 135, Hawks 126 in Orlando on Feb. 10; Tonight in Atlanta
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Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford said Monday’s stirring comeback against the Brooklyn Nets was a good win. Every team has those. The real test of character is to build upon it. The game, he said, will either be viewed as a turning point or just a blip on the radar. Against a struggling opponent like the Hawks, the Magic have to get a win here. The Hawks are the exact kind of team that can give the Magic trouble. They have a great scoring point guard who can weave through pick and rolls. And Trae Young is on a tear. The Magic have to do a good job converting off turnovers and, yes, make open shots to win. They are more than capable but the defense has to be solid.
1) The Orlando Magic have to win the race for the seventh seed to get better development out of this season, Omar Cabrera writes.
2) The Orlando Magic got their swagger back and looked like last year’s team in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
3) Nikola Vucevic has earned the credibility as a team leader through his experience in the league and when he spoke up Monday harshly, his teammates listened, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
4) Cam Reddish is showing why the Atlanta Hawks believe he can be one of the best two-way players in the NBA, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic writes.
5) Jonathan Isaac is back traveling with the Orlando Magic and doing some light shooting, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. But the team should not put a timetable for his return and remain patient to make sure he is healthy.
7) Josh Robbins of The Athletic discusses the Orlando Magic’s lack of shooting and their organizational philosophy in his latest mailbag.
8) Steve Clifford is always hunting and searching for ways to teach his roster as he continues to seek answers for their struggles.
9) The Orlando Magic’s defense has been inconsistent at best for the last month and answers have been difficult to find.
10) Steve Clifford tried something he has never done in the NBA, choose to have his offense in front of the bench in the second half, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes. Even then, he did not get a late timeout he called.