NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 22nd (All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (15-39) at Memphis Grizzlies (35-18), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic made the most noise before the NBA trade deadline and will get back to work on the court Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
Orlando shipped guards J.J. Redick, Ish Smith and big man Gustavo Ayon to the Milwaukee Bucks for Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris, then acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the Charlotte Bobcats for center Josh McRoberts.
"This is a pressure business. It is what it is and we feel that pressure and embrace that pressure, but it's something you have to look at from the big picture to get perspective," Magic GM Rob Hennigan said. "You understand that there are decisions that you make because you believe in the process. We believe in what we're doing and the way that we make decisions and the research that we do. It's our hope that our fans believe in that with us."
It is unknown if any of the new players will be available Friday.
The Magic have been atrocious all season as evidenced by a 15-39 record. They have dropped three straight since ending a 12-game slide with a win versus Portland on Feb. 10, and recently sustained a 111-96 setback at Dallas on Wednesday. Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkless paced the Magic with 21 and 20 points, respectively, while Nikola Vucevic totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Orlando has lost nine straight road games and is 6-20 as the guest. Guard Jameer Nelson (knee) is expected to miss Friday's game.
The Grizzlies look to extend their winning streak to six games Friday night and posted an 88-82 win over former mate Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors Wednesday. Gay was shipped to the Raptors almost a month ago and had 13 points against his former employer.
"They double-teamed (Gay) right from the beginning," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "I felt sorry for him because they wouldn't allow him to get going."
Zach Randolph recorded a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds for Memphis. Mike Conley chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory. The Grizzlies are second in the NBA in opponents scoring (90.1) and 17-0 when scoring 100-plus points.
The Grizzlies, who are 21-8 at home and have won three in a row at FedEx Forum, have held 45 of their 53 opponents under 100 points. The Grizzlies have a tough road ahead after Friday's game and will play Brooklyn, Dallas and Miami on the upcoming slate.
Memphis made a move before Thursday's trade deadline, landing center Dexter Pittman, a 2013 second-round draft pick and cash considerations from the Heat for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez. Sanchez is currently playing in Argentina and was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2005.
Memphis and Orlando are meeting for the first time since the Grizzlies recorded an 88-76 victory last April 26. The home team has won seven in a row in this series, while Orlando is winless in four straight and nine of 10 trips to the Volunteer State.
02/22 10:52:01 ET