Tonight's 76ers vs. Orlando Magic game from Amway Center will look pretty much nothing like anticipated. On Saturday, the Magic pulled off two blockbuster deals that sidelined about a third of their roster for Saturday night's game.
First the Magic traded swingman Vince Carter, big man Marcin Gortat, forward Mickael Pietrus, and a 2011 first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark. Next, the Magic traded forward Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for guard Gilbert Arenas. For Saturday night's game, the four aforementioned players were unavailable: Carter, Gortat, Pietrus, and Lewis. That means Orlando was without two of its five starters (Carter and Lewis) and four of its top nine players.
Obviously (although I've already seen this question on Twitter, so didn't want to omit the answer), the acquired players from Phoenix and Washington were clearly not available either since all of the players are in other cities and both deals are pending physicals.
Also embedded is a video from before the game. Since we've started the new feature "On the Road," we've tried to post a new one about every 10 days or so. It's going decently and before tonight's game, it was time for the next installment. Things don't always go according to plan since no matter where you set it up, there's always room for error. Since I usually only post the best of all of the tries (sometimes it takes a number of them), I figured in advance of tonight's game I'd put up a take that didn't work out quite so well. Check it out if you'd like, but don't worry it'll be superceded by actual game coverage in a few hours.