Injuries starting to take their toll on Magic
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic try and halt a two-game losing streak
this evening when they close a brief two-game homestand against the Los
Angeles Clippers at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
January 10th, Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Chris Kaman added 15 as the
Clippers defeated the Magic, 90-73, at Staples Center.
The Magic have lost two straight and four of the last five contests in this
series. However, Orlando has had success at home in this matchup and has won
five of seven and nine of their last 12 versus the Clips in the Sunshine
Orlando’s most recent loss came on Sunday, as Chris Webber poured in 18 points
and dished out a season-high eight assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past
the Magic, 89-81.
Steve Francis recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10
assists in the loss to the Sixers for the Magic, who have dropped six of their
last 11 games overall. Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 15 points with six rebounds in
Francis became the first Orlando player to have a triple-double since Tracy
McGrady had 46 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists against the New Jersey Nets
on February 23, 2003.
The Magic were once again without the services of guard Jameer Nelson, who
missed his fifth straight game with a foot sprain. He will be a game-time
decision tonight, but Nelson, who is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 assists in
37 games this season, is more likely to return on Friday in Atlanta.
Orlando is already missing forwards Grant Hill (rehabbing from sports hernia
surgery) and Bo Outlaw (sprained left knee)and center Kelvin Cato (sprained
right ankle). Hill, though, could return at week’s end, while Outlaw is
questionable for tonight’s affair.
The Magic, who will head to Atlanta on Friday, are 12-10 as the host this
season. After tonight’s game, 12 of Orlando’s next 17 will be on the road.