Orlando struggling with injuries
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic attempt to put the brakes on a four-game
skid tonight when they welcome the Chicago Bulls to the TD Waterhouse Centre.
On Monday, Tim Duncan scored 26, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to
lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Magic, 110-85.
Jameer Nelson tallied 20 points and DeShawn Stevenson registered 15 points and
seven rebounds in the loss to San Antonio for the Magic, who have dropped six
of their last 10 overall. Second-year forward Dwight Howard finished with 13
points and 15 boards in defeat.
Howard, who turns 20 on Thursday, has recorded two straight double-doubles and
has collected 13 on the season. He is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high
13.1 rebounds per game.
A big reason behind the Magic’s struggles of late has been injuries, as Steve
Francis (chest/shoulder), Grant Hill (hernia) and key free agent pickup Keyon
Dooling (heel) have all missed considerable time.
Francis, though, could be ready to go tonight versus the Bulls.
The Magic, who will be playing the middle contest of a three-game homestand
tonight, are 4-5 as the hosts this season. They are scheduled to wrap up the
short stand on Saturday against Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets.
Orlando has lost four straight and seven of its last eight meetings with the
Bulls. The Magic have also lost three straight after winning their last nine
at home in this series.