With a mere 47.8 seconds remaining before the team would extend it’s season high win streak to four, the Orlando Magic got hit with the injury bug again. Forward Glen Davis, one of the teams captains and the vocal and emotional lead for the team, was fouled hard by Emeka Okafor of the Washington Wizards. Davis suffered a sprained left shoulder and was listed as out for 4-6 weeks.
When the buzzer sounded at the end of the game, the Magic walked off the court victorious. That victory was the last for the team who went through turmoil all of last season with the Dwight Howard Saga.
After Davis was injured, the Magic encountered their first three point or less game of the season, losing to the Toronto raptors 93-90. Their woes continued and the close losses started to pile up, losing their next two to the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Hornets by a combined seven points. After blow out’s at the hands of Washington and Toronto, the Magic fought hard and found themselves on the losing end of games to the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Both losses came by two points.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview, Prediction and Where to Watch Online Live Stream
The Los Angeles Clippers (25-8) will be squaring off against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-16) on Friday, January 4th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Coverage will begin on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. (ET) but can be watched online at ESPN 3. The matchup is also being livestreamed.
The Los Angeles Clippers have now lost two games in a row after pulling off a season best 17 game win streak. The 17 straight wins were the longest such streak in the NBA since Boston won 19 in a row during the 2008-2009 season.
The Clippers cashed in season low shooting percentages in their recent two game skid, with both losses coming on the road. Meanwhile they still carry a 10 game home winning streak and look to make that 11 straight when they return to the Staples Center tonight to face off against their inner-city rivals.
Atlanta Hawks (12-6) at Orlando Magic (8-12), 7 p.m. (ET)
The Orlando Magic will be defending their home turf tonight against the Atlanta Hawks as they face off in this Eastern Conference rivalry. Both teams are fighting to keep the pace within the Southeast division, as the defending champions Miami Heat maintain a stronghold on first place.
This game is important for the Atlanta Hawks, who ended a three game win streak as they fell to the Miami Heat Monday night. Atlanta knows they must win against weaker teams such as Orlando if they wish to maintain second place within the division.
That’s easier said than done for the Hawks, as Orlando is well rested and fresh off a 5 game road stint that began with a huge upset over the Los Angeles Lakers. Orlando got the best of its former superstar Dwight Howard, and despite his 20 point 15 rebounds effort he still managed to miss 12 free throws, possibly blowing the game for the Lakers. Howard was drafted by Orlando in 2004, where he spent the first 8 sucessful seasons of his career with the Magic.
The Miami Heat (12-3) head to our nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards (1-13). Tip-off is set for 7 PM ET.
The Miami Heat are well rested and coming off a big win against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Dwayne Wade scored a season high 34 points and added seven assists, while LeBron James chipped in with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Wade had been dealing with migraines, but the only headache Saturday was the one he gave Brooklyn. Wade has been hot lately, averaging 24.8 points per game during Miami’s four game homestand, and has reached the charity stripe 7.3 times per game over that span.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had this to say after Miami’s recent win over the Nets:
"This was a step forward game for us. It was good to see our guys connected again. We didn't necessarily play great basketball in the first half but in the some ways this was our best win. This was our best game in terms of connection, communication and commitment to each other." -SB Nation Tampa Bay
Monday morning, on November 5th, it was reported that the Hawks couldn't reach an agreement with Jeff Teague on an extension. The Hawks' 19th overall draft pick in 2009, Teague is just one sentence from the writing on the Phillips Arena walls. The Hawks are starting to look like a rebuilding project.