Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
15-41 (5th Southeast, 14th East)
22-32 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: E. MOORE | A. AFFLALO | M. HARKLESS | A. NICHOLSON | N. VUCEVIC
by Max Rappaport and Liz Sim
MATCHUP TO WATCH
G-F Arron Afflalo vs. G-F Evan Turner
Orlando's scoring leader this season, Arron Afflalo (16.8 PPG), is back on the floor after a calf injury sidelined him for six games earlier this month. The 6-5 swingman is averaging 18.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in four games since returning to action. Afflalo (27) is entering the prime of his NBA career, proving to be not only a capable perimeter shooter and scorer, but also a dependable defensive player. The trade of veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick to the Bucks at last week's deadline will likely increase Afflalo's role within the Magic offense.
Sixers swingman Evan Turner will likely see a lot of time lined up across from Afflalo Tuesday night. After failing to score in double figures in four consecutive games from January 30 to February 6, Turner has hit double digits six straight times. Over that stretch, he's averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. Of note is the fact that Turner has accomplished that feat despite shooting just 38.8% from the field in those games, something he owes to an increase in productivity from the foul line; he's attempted 21 during the streak and has converted 20 of them.
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What makes Afflalo such a tough matchup is his efficiency as a jump shooter. Making 44.7% of all his field goals, Afflalo sees that number dip ony slightly (43.2%), when he shoots from midrang – he attempts 37.0% of his shots from that location of the floor. Despite seeing his career 40.5 three-point percentage fall to 33.7% this season, he's shooting 50.0% on corner threes this season. Amazingly, the top of the three-point break is the only spot on the floor from which he shoots under 40 percent (26.2 FG%).
In the following shot distribution charts, Afflalo's propensity to attempt shots from just about anywhere on the floor is displayed:
LAST TIME THEY MET
Magic 61, Sixers 78 - February 4, 2013
On a night that culminated Orlando’s tenth consecutive loss, the Magic had just nine players in uniform. They were without their four leading scorers – Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Reddick, and Glen Davis. Of course, Reddick is no longer with the Magic and Davis is out for the season with a broken foot.
Despite the unique circumstances in the teams' last meeting, low-scoring contests are not new to this matchup, as both teams have scored under 100 points in seven of their last nine meetings.
In an otherwise uneventful night, at least from a statistical standpoint, Spencer Hawes put together one of his best games of the year, scoring 21 points (9-17 FG) and pulling down 14 rebounds. E'Twaun Moore led the Magic with 18 points (9-17 FG).