Gameday preview: Wolves at Orlando
- April 4, 2014 - 11:33 PM
6 P.M. at Orlando • amway center • no tv • 830-AM
Preview: The 21-55 Magic has lost three games in a row and 12 of its last 14 after losing 91-80 at Charlotte Friday night. It is 17-20 at home this season and has lost the last two there to Cleveland and Toronto after beating Charlotte in overtime and Portland in regulation the two before that. The two teams complete their season series tonight. They haven’t played since the Wolves beat the Magic 120-115 in the season opener way back on Oct. 30, when Kevin Love forced overtime with a game-tying three-pointer with 10.1 seconds left in regulation.
Players to watch: Magic guard Victor Oladipo – coveted by Wolves boss Flip Saunders and the second pick in last summer’s draft – is averaging 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 1.63 steals in 31.9 minutes. He has started 41 games this season but is currently coming off the bench. He scored 21 points in Friday’s loss to the Bobcats…Magic point guard Jameer Nelson is in his 10th NBA season, all with the Magic. Only seven other NBA players have been with their teams longer, starting with Kobe Bryant’s 18 with the Lakers, Tim Duncan’s 17 with the Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki’s 16 with the Mavericks.
Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is doubtful. G Kevin Martin (foot) and G Shabazz Muhammad (knee) are questionable after Martin didn’t play Friday at Miami and Muhammad was injured after playing just three minutes.
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