Tonight's player matchups will be a condensed version.
Barbosa has been playing well since Marbury left, but tonight he won't get anything. This matchup easily favors us, since thedeparture of Marbury. Gary will have a big night. Look for a lot of offense, between passing and shooting--he is going to be very involved tonight. Barbosa will be an easy matchup compared to what Marbury would have been.
We need Rush to have another good offensive night. Johnson is bigger than him, but Kareem still has to manage to get to the basket or get the J. We also need for him to play at least some defense on Joe, so he won't get 20+ points,
This is the only matchup we have to worry about. Marion will have a field day against George, I am predicting 30+. He like to shoot and blow by his defender to get to the basket and I don't expect George to do much about it. George will continue to struggle, and make us realize how much we need Fox back, or Shaq to feed the ball to George.
this should be easy, Harvey can't due much and wasn't expected to...since he's a 3rd string pf, but due to injuries, it looks like he will be starting tonight. Slava will have another big night, expect 20+ points, because there is nothing Harvey can do to stop him. I expect almost nothing out of Harvey, this is the same guy that got cut from the Magic because he wasn't producing.
Sampson should have another solid night for us. Voskuhl isn't anywhere near a solid big man, he will get a few boards and a few points...I think Jamal should be able to match and possibly outdo Jake.
So expect a lot from our guys tonight, taking advantage of a team that is lacking almost all of their talent (except Marion), and expect to see us to win this one with ease.