NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 9th
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (6-14) at Memphis Grizzlies (9-10), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic will try to get their first victory on
this long road trip Monday night when they visit FedExForum to take on the
The Magic are 0-4 on this current sojourn and they've lost five straight
overall. Orlando will visit Charlotte on Wednesday to mercifully end this
The Magic's losing streak reached five on Sunday evening when the Houston
Rockets buried Orlando, 98-88. The game wasn't as close as the final score
indicated. Houston held a 22-point lead after three quarters.
"We just didn't have the best shooting night," said guard Arron Afflalo. "I
thought the effort to get back in the game was pretty good. I guess if
anything, we understand what it takes for us to at least compete and stay in
games. To me, it's just another loss. It's time to get a victory somehow,
The Magic, who are still without center Nikola Vucevic due to a sprained
ankle, only shot 34.4 percent from the field and 27 percent from long
Glen Davis led Orlando with 18 points, followed by 16 from Afflalo and 15 from
Jameer Nelson. E'Twaun Moore chipped in 12 off the bench and Andrew Nicholson
The Grizzlies have lost three of their last four and five of six at home. The
Grizz are just 4-7 at FedExForum this season, which is shocking considering
they went a franchise-best 32-9 in their own building last season.
In the five recent losses at home, Memphis failed to score 90 points. Yes, the
Grizzlies are without Marc Gasol, who is nursing a knee injury, but they need
to start scoring the basketball.
"NBA seasons are long. Things happen, teams go through stuff," said Memphis
head coach Dave Joerger. "We need to play with more energy, more joy. We have
nothing to lose."
Their most recent setback came Saturday night in Memphis against the Golden
State Warriors. Golden State thumped the Grizz, 108-82. Tony Allen missed
another game with a hip issue and Ed Davis sat with an ankle problem. Quincy
Pondexter left in the second quarter with a foot ailment.
Against the Warriors, Mike Miller led the way with 16 points off the bench.
Jon Leuer and Zach Randolph each scored 15, while Mike Conley managed 12
points. Kosta Koufos registered a double-double with 10 points and 16
The Grizzlies have won four straight against the Magic and Orlando has lost
five in a row and 10 of its last 11 in Memphis.
12/09 10:25:57 ET