The Orlando Magic are 12-8, but have struggled recently as they head into Monday’s matchup at the Wells Fargo Center against the 76ers.
Sunday’s 106-85 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers was the Magic’s fourth in the past five games.
To top it off the Magic will be without point guard Jameer Nelson, who missed Sunday’s game and won’t play Monday due to concussion-like symptoms. A Magic official said that beyond Monday, Nelson remained day to day.
In the loss to Indiana, the Magic led by three at halftime, only to be outscored by 24 in the final two quarters.
Chris Duhon stated in place of Nelson and had 14 points and five assists, but also committed four turnovers.
Dwight Howard had 24 points, shooting 10 for 13 from the field, but only 4 of 15 from the foul line.
Think the Sixers might foul him if the game is close in the fourth quarter?
This is a Magic team that hasn’t enjoyed the best of weeks. It began last Monday when they scored 56 points in a loss to Boston. Then on Thursday the Magic squandered a 27-point lead in another defeat to the Celtics. The next night they lost to New Orleans, which was 3-15 at the time. That was the game Nelson got hurt.
It’s never easy beating a team with Howard, but one has to admit that the Sixers are facing a Magic team that is playing its worst basketball of the young season.