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Wembanyama and the Spurs are in Orlando

  • Jonathan Isaac awaits as Wembanyama and the Spurs are in Orlando. The Magic will look to sweep the season series as they begin a 4 game home run up to the All Star break. San Antonio are on the second night of a back-to-back.

Regular Season Game 52 – San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is midnight, which is 7pm in Orlando.
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Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 27-24
  • Run: Lost 1 and are 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 15-7 (15-6 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 12-17
  • Standing: 8th in the East (Indiana and Miami at 6th and 7th have played a game more)
  • Points Per GameFor 111.2 Against 110.8
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th

Last Time Out For Orlando: vs Miami Heat 

  • The Magic went into Miami on the final night of a 5 game road trip and looked out of energy and a step off the pace all night. A physical Miami Heat team closed the season series with a home court blowout win by 95-121, giving them a 3-1 record over the Magic. 
  • After trailing by as many as 20 in the first half, the Magic pulled to within 5 points early in the third quarter. However the Heat reclaimed the momentum, putting together a 34-15 run and never let go.
  • Paolo Banchero put up 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. He has now scored 20-plus points in 18 straight road games, tying the second-longest streak of this kind in the team’s 35 year history. The only other player to do this is Tracy McGrady. He achieved the fete twice, the longest a 21-game run in December 2003 to February 2004 and an 18 game streak in season 2002-03.
  • Wendell Carter Jr scored 15 and Markelle Fultz had 13 points.
  • Franz Wagner was targeted by a swarming Miami pressure defence, that saw him have 7 turnovers. Franz struggled to impact the game and only reached 13 points scored.
  • The starting lineup was Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench Jonathan Isaac, Gary Harris, Cole Anthony, Moritz Wagner and Joe Ingles were the core used. Anthony Black, Chuma Okeke, Goga Bitadze and Caleb Houstan came into the game once the white flag was waved by Orlando with three minutes to play.
  • Trevelin Queen and Admiral Schofield were available but did not play. 

Tonight

  • Again the Magic have no listed injury issues.
  • Jett Howard is unavailable on G-League assignment again.
  • Kevon Harris is listed as out, simply as being “G-League two-way”.
  • Coach Mosley is unlikely to change up his preferred starting option and continue to lock in with the core bench unit.  There is a caveat to this statement; it is trade deadline day so if the front office make a move availability could be impacted.

The San Antonio Spurs 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 10-41 Run: Lost 5 and are at 3-7 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 15th in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 112.2 Against 120.8
  • RatingOffensive 28th Defensive 24th
  • As Wembanyama and the Spurs are in Orlando, looking at their road it is poor, being at 5-20.
  • This team takes a lot of shots per game (91.2) but are amongst the worst for accuracy. Coach Gregg Popovich plays a style of offence based on movement, ranking third in assists.
  • Aside from blocks the Spurs defensive stats are virtually all in the bottom third of the league.
  • This season’s number 1 pick, Victor Wembanyama is without doubt a generational talent. His rookie season is seeing a double-double of 20.4 points and 10.3 rebounds being averaged. And don’t forget the league leading 3.1 blocks per game. 
  • However you can not ignore the scoring contributions of Devin Vassell (18.7 ppg) and Keldon Johnson (16.5 ppg).
  • Assists are are team wide responsibility, but guard Tre Jones leads with 5.8 per game.

Last Time Out For The San Antonio Spurs 

  • The Spurs last night took a road loss by 104-116 to the Miami Heat.
  • Tre Jones led the Spurs with a 19 points and 6 assists.
  • Devin Vassell also tallied 19 points scored.
  • Victor Wembanyama put up an 18 point and 13 rebound double-double.
  • The bench was led jointly by Cedi Osman and Zach Collins with 8 points.
  • Starting 5 – Devin Vassell, Tre Jones, Jeremy Sochan, Julian Champagnie (shampenny), Victor Wembanyama
  • Keldon Johnson, Cedi Osman, Zach Collins, Blake Wesley, Doug McDermott, Malaki Branham and Sandro Mamukelashvlii came from the bench.
  • Devonte Graham was available but did not play.
  • Dominick Barlow, Charles Bassey, Sidy Sissoko, Mamadi Diakite and David Duke Jr were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Being on a back-to-back at the point of writing their injury report had not been submitted.
  • Against Miami only Charles Bassey was absent through a season ending torn ACL.
  • Whoever Coach Pop goes with will be expected to play hard. It is likely that the core starting unit remains but do not be surprised to see the bench minutes widely distributed.

Head-To-Head With The San Antonio Spurs

  • In 70 regular season games played the score stands at 21-49 to San Antonio.
  • The teams met on game day 48 (January 31st) when Orlando got the W in a 108-98 road victory. 
  • The game saw an impressive battle between Jonathan Isaac and Wemby. At times JI’s defensive game suffocated his opponent. Wembanyama posted 21 points, most coming when Isaac was on the bench. Paolo Banchero put up 25 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, whilst Franz Wagner finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • Last season the series was split 1-1, each team winning their home court game.
  • Orlando has lost the two seasons previously 
  • The Magic last won the series in season 2008-09.

A Final Thought As Wembanyama and the Spurs are in Orlando

  • Orlando remain at 13-1 when allowing opponents 100 points or less and at 22-1 when tied or leading going into the final quarter.
  • An extended home stand against the Spurs, Bulls, OKC and Knicks could see Orlando picking up much needed wins in their playoff chase. 
  • To start the run with a win will almost certainly need Jonathan Isaac to again be at his best to slow Victor Wembanyama. 

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