The Orlando Magic haven’t won consecutive games since mid-December.
So, for them, it’d be nice to enter the All-Star break on a positive note by beating the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Amway Center.
“It would feel great,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said after the Magic finished their shootaround today. “If we won tonight, it’d feel really good to be able to go into the break with a good feeling and just an overall good vibe coming back. It’d be nice.”
The Magic haven’t won two games in a row since they had a four-game winning streak from Dec. 14 through Dec. 19.
On Sunday, the team snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers.
“We’re on a winning streak right now,” point guard Jameer Nelson said. “That’s all I know. A one-game winning streak. We’ll try to make it two and just take it one game at a time and hopefully string some games together in the ‘W’ column.”
The Magic have lost eight consecutive regular-season games to the Hawks, including two defeats this season.
Atlanta has limited Orlando to 87 points or less in each of their last eight games against each other.
“We can’t turn the basketball over, which is always key to giving us a chance to be successful, just because they’re so athletic and good and getting up and down [the court],” coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Vaughn added he wants to see his players “contest shots from shooters, whether it’s [3-point specialist Kyle] Korver, whether it’s Teague and guys like that, but also contain penetration with Devin Harris and Josh Smith, who presents a problem because he can play the three and four positions. So, matchup-wise it’ll be tough for us tonight.”
• Jannero Pargo’s second 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks has expired. So the team — which already has lost sixth man Lou Williams to a season-ending knee injury — will go into tonight’s game without a third point guard. The Hawks start Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, and Harris could run the offense if Teague gets into foul trouble.
• Magic power forward Al Harrington, who hasn’t played yet this season as his knee recovers from a staph infection, did an intense shooting workout after the team’s shootaround.
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