Orlando’s Grant Hill expected to make season debut at MSG
(Sports Network) – Grant Hill is expected to make his season debut this
evening when the Orlando Magic begin a brief two-game road trip against the
struggling New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Hill is officially listed as day-to-day for a return to the active roster
following sports hernia surgery in late October. However, numerous reports
have stated that he will be ready to go tonight.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Hill started 67 games for the Magic last season, his
fourth with the team. He averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists
per game and was selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star
Hill, who spent the first six years of his career in Detroit, had played just
47 games in his first three seasons with Orlando because of injuries.
Orlando has struggled without Hill and is off to an 8-11 start. It does come
in on a winning note, though, after DeShawn Stevenson scored a team-high 18
points to lead the Magic to a 94-83 win over the Denver Nuggets at TD
Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 boards for the Magic, who used a balanced
attack to end a five-game losing streak. Tony Battie chipped in with 15 points
and seven rebounds before fouling out, while Steve Francis also reached double
figures with 15 and seven assists.
Orlando, which will close its swing in Dallas on Friday, is 3-5 away from home
The Knicks, meanwhile, have lost three straight after falling 112-92 at home
to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Channing Frye had a career-high 30 points for New York, which has dropped
three straight and five of six. Nate Robinson finished with 15 points, seven
rebounds and six assists, and Eddy Curry also had 15 points.
However, Knicks guard Stephon Marbury was limited to seven points and seven
assists on just 3-of-8 shooting.
New York, which is in a stretch of playing six of seven at home, is 3-4 in its
arena this season.
Orlando took two of three from the Knicks last season and has won nine of 15
and 10 of the last 17 meetings. The Magic have also had success in the Big
Apple, where they have won five of seven and six of their last 10.