|The Sixers will face a much different Magic team tonight from the one they lost to less than a week ago. The Magic will have to find a way to make up for the absence of big man Nikola Vucevic, who torched the Sixers for 21/16 last time. On the other hand, they will have the benefit of Jameer Nelson's absence...probably a wash overall.|
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|Nikola Vucevic has made tremendous strides in his three seasons in the NBA. In the past two years, he's gone from an inefficient big who rebounds really well to a legitimate offensive weapon who probably doesn't get enough touches.|
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|April might be an exaggeration, but if the Sixers can't knock off Orlando tonight, they probably won't be favored in a game again until maybe March 30th, vs. Charlotte (possibly the day before, if Kyrie is still malingering). Moe, Voose and Jameer are probably the Sixers best shot to win another before Easter and break their road losing streak that stretches all the way back to New Year's.<|
|It must really irk the tanking-inclined among us to see how the Sixers were prime facilitators in the building of a nearly perfect bottom-dweller in Orlando. Tonight, we'll see who wants it less in one of the few easy wins left on the Sixers schedule this year.|
|After somehow overcoming John Wall's "improved" jumper and DeMarcus Cousins' "dominant" offensive game for their first pair of back-to-back wins this year, the Sixers will turn their attention the Nikola Vucevic-led Orlando Magic tonight in search of three straight. Another game they should win, and another game they really need if their goal is to remain in touch with playoff contention until Andrew Bynum can get back on the court.|
|There's no shame in splitting a pair of games against the Knicks and Grizzlies. There is, however, shame in the defensive effort the Sixers put forth last night, and blowing a 17-point lead. Anyway, they need to shake it off and focus, because the schedule is smiling on them over the next seven days, and they need to take advantage.|
|It's not that the Sixers have collectively cashed in this season that bothers me. It's not that they look like an NBADL team out there that keeps me up at night. I can deal with bad teams. I've dealt with them in the past. There's always been a reason to watch. The thing that makes this season so unbelievably unbearable is that they had to start out so well. They had to plant that seed of false hope, only to fall to pieces in front of our eyes. I'm sure it's not the case, but when you watch them get beat up by the Magic without Dwight, you can't help but say to yourself, "They don't even care." (game capsule)|
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|The Sixers used a horrible start to the first quarter, a disastrous end to the first half and consistently poor defensive rotations to submarine what was little more than a few spirited stretches of play in their 87-103 loss to the Magic. (game capsule).|
|When the Sixers beat the Magic 74-69 a couple of weeks ago, the Magic were in the midst of a dreadful four-game losing streak. Since that game, Orlando has won six of eight games, and their two losses came in overtime. It's probably going to be a very different team the Sixers will face in Orlando tonight.|
|Well, not really. The Sixers put the screws to the Orlando Magic on the defensive end for about 45 minutes tonight. It was only after Stan Van Gundy threw in the towel that the Sixers took their foot off the gas and allowed the Magic to backdoor their way into a five-point defeat. (game capsule).|
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|Dwight Howard does not want to come to Philadelphia...yet. Howard may be seeking the limelight, or a cushier existence in terms of who he plays with, or lucrative endorsement deals, or national exposure beyond what Orlando provides, or maybe even a ring. Whatever his motivations may be, until he signs a contract elsewhere, the Sixers are in the game. The only thing the Sixers can do to win Howard's favor is to sell themselves as an organization. Hammering the Magic on the floor tonight would be a good first step.|
|It's all semantics at this point anyway. The Sixers continued their string of poor play tonight against the Magic, only this time they added lazy on top of poor. This was, without a doubt, the worst effort I've ever seen on the defensive glass. Miami won, Boston lost so we're now locked into a 2-7 battle against the Miami Heat.|