If you watched the Magic play Monday night you may have thought you were watching a college team play. With six of the normal players out with injury on their way to the team's tenth loss in a row, falling 78-61. The 61 points barely missed setting a new record low for the franchise, which currently sits at 56 against the Boston Celtics. Aaron Afflalo was out again with his strained left calf, Jameer Nelson with a bruised left forearm, J.J. Redick had a sore right shoulder, Al Harrington's sore right knee, DeQuan Jones had a sore left foot, and Glen Davis with his broken left foot. The fact the Magic even kept the game respectable is an impressive feat.
The Magic shot a miserable 33.8% from the field, missing 53 shots. Of their 12 three point attempts, only one actually went through the hoop. The 76ers did not fare much better, missing on 17 of their 20 three point shots. One positive note for the Magic was that on their 27 made field goals they managed 20 assists. Overall though the Magic can not really expect much more when you have no player with over 5 years of NBA playing experience in your lineup. Vucevic played decent as he becomes the "star" of the team with the rash of injuries. He was able to secure 14 rebounds but could muster only nine points. E'Twuan Moore played quite well for the situation. He was Orlando's leading scorer on the night dropping 18 points.
The 76ers did not escape the game unscathed against Orlando. Thaddeus Young went down in the first half with an apparent left hamstring injury and could be out as much as two weeks. Spencer Hawes filled in the hole left by Young's injury. The center had a big night scoring 21 points and adding 14 rebounds. All-star Jrue Holiday had 13 points and 14 assists.
The loss drops Orlando to 14-34 on the season begging the question should Orlando have asked for more when they parted ways with Dwight Howard. For now the Magic are stuck and looking forward to the future. That future continues Wednesday night back in Orlando as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:00 p.m. ET