Well, this won't be the Jonathan Isaac return game that many expected it to be.
The rookie, out since Dec. 26 with an ankle injury, was recalled by the Magic on Sunday but won't return to game action until Wednesday against the Raptors. The Magic certainly could have used his defensive versatility against the high-powered Thunder trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
The two teams are in very different races in the standings. The Magic, losers of five straight games, are engaged in the highly competitive tanking sweepstakes. The Thunder are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, sitting just two games out of third place in the Western Conference. While that may sound like a comfortable position, OKC is also just a game and a half away from being out of the top-eight, indicative of how competitive the race for the third through eight seed will be.
The Magic won the first match-up between the two teams in November, as Aaron Gordon scored a career-high 40 points to guide the Magic to a 128-101 rout. The Magic shot 59.2 percent from the field in that game and will likely need another efficient night from the field in order to keep pace with the Thunder, who have an offensive rating of 106.9, 12th best in the league.
Tip off is set for 8 p.m. Eastern at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Join the conversation below!