ESPN will no longer nationally televise the Orlando Magic's game against the Detroit Pistons on February 5th, the network announced Monday afternoon, meaning the Magic will not appear on national television at all in the 2013/14 NBA season unless ESPN or TNT picks up another of their games later in the year. Instead of the Magic/Pistons tilt, ESPN will broadcast the Portland Trail Blazers' matchup against the New York Knicks that night.
This time isn't the first ESPN has dropped a Magic game: in the 2013/14 season, the Worldwide Leader dropped an Orlando/Golden State Warriors game from its schedule. It later added a matchup between the Magic and the Miami Heat when Miami was in the midst of a 20-plus-game winning streak, challenging the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time record of 33 consecutive wins.
Orlando and Detroit are still set to square off at Amway Center on February 5th. Tipoff has moved to 7 PM Eastern.
The Magic won their previous meeting against the Pistons, 109-92, in December. The two teams will meet again once before the game ESPN dropped from its schedule.