Miami Heat and Orlando Magic meetup in a 2017-2018 regular season encounter on Wednesday night. The whistle blows at 7:00 PM EST in Amway Center, Orlando, Florida. In last season’s encounter, Heat fell to Magic 110-99.
Date and Time: October 18th, 2017 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
TV: FOX Sports (US Regional)
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Heat will be struggling with their small forward position going into Wednesday’s season opener as Rodney McGruder is out with a tibia stress fracture. However, Heat has a couple of quality, rotation-level players on the in the 2017-2018 roster that should do the job. Bringing their years of experience veterans- Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside will be leading the squad.
Also, the team will be without the services of Okaro White (strained left shoulder) and A.J. Hammons (illness) on Wednesday.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra has made everyone play hard in the preseason and will be expecting big plays from Justise Winslow and Richardson in the season.
The Magic brings back eight players from last season: D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Bismack Biyombo, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Mario Hezonja, and Vucevic.
The preseason offered some positive insights of the squad as they managed to win three of six games. The offensive unit caught a great tempo and will be hoping continue in the regular season games. Most important the squad looks more comfortable now after a year of experience with Vogel as their coach.
Newcomer Jonathon Simmons from Spurs stole the light in the preseason games and could become a key playmaker of the team.
Payne (hand) is out and Wes Iwundu (hamstring) are on the questionable list for the Magic for Wednesday’s game.