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Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ San Antonio Spurs

2013 April 3
by Andrew Melnick

After another loss, this time in Houston against the Rockets, the Orlando Magic will return to the court Wednesday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night.

The Spurs, who has lost two in a row, enter with a record of 55-19, one game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot in the west. The Magic are 19-56. It’s a battle of the teams with the second-best and second-worst records in the league.

These two teams met on November 28 in Orlando. Behind a combined 39 points from Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal, the Spurs cruised to a 110-89 victory.

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.4), 26th in defensive rating (106.9) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (94.42). The Spurs are fifth in offensive rating (107.0),  third in defensive rating (99.0) and play at the league’s eighth-fastest pace (96.10).

Tip-off from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

The officials for tonight’s game are David Jones, James Williams and Leon Wood.

The Line: San Antonio – 14.5 (198.5u)

Starters:

San Antonio Spurs

Boris Diaw
Tim Duncan
Stephen Jackson
Danny Green
Nando de Colo

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Andrew Nicholson
Tobias Harris
Maurice Harkless
Beno Udrih

  • Manu Ginobili (hamstring) will miss three to four weeks. Tony Parker has a sore ankle and won’t play. Both Tim Duncan (sore knee) and Kawhi Leonard (sore knee) missed Monday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Jameer Nelson (sprained right ankle) missed Monday’s loss to the Houston Rockets and will not play Wednesday.
  • Magic coach Jacque Vaughn played for the Spurs from 2006-2009 and coached there from 2010-2012.

Spurs Resources:

48 Minutes Of Hell
Air Alamo
Pounding The Rock
Project Spurs
San Antonio Express-News
Spurs Dynasty

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