The Orlando Magic host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday mired in a rut: the team has lost six of its last seven games, looking sluggish and discombobulated for long stretches of each.
Tipoff between Orlando and Boston is set for 7:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.
Orlando's last time out: Orlando's season may have reached its nadir Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, the league's worst team, as Philly cruised to a 96-88 win on the Magic's home floor. Michael Carter-Williams, the reigning Rookie of the Year, scored 21 points with six assists, and lightly regarded backup center Henry Sims posted a 12-point, 12-board double-double. Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 19 with 17 boards against his former club.
Boston's last time out: Despite 22 points and eight boards from starting center Tyler Zeller, the Celtics' three-game winning streak ended, 100-84, Sunday in South Beach against the Miami Heat. Starting at point guard in place of the traded Rajon Rondo, the rookie Marcus Smart shot 1-of-4 for three points. As a team, Boston converted only 39.8 percent of its shot attempts, allowing Miami to win handily despite the absence of Dwyane Wade word.
The last meeting: Wednesday, Boston routed the Magic by a 109-92 final as six Celtics reached double-figure scoring. Boston shot 55 percent from the field as Brandon Bass, a former Magic player, led the way with 18 points in reserve. Tobias Harris scored 17 for the Magic, while Vucevic scored 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting.
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