The San Antonio Spurs have officially kicked off their annual Rodeo Road Trip in style, opening the eight-game trek with a 119-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Now they take a short ride up the Florida Turnpike to take on the Orlando Magic for the second time in just over a week, and the last game for both squads before the All-Star break. Though these teams just met in San Antonio, a lot has changed for both teams in the days since.
The Orlando Magic had won only two games in all of 2016 when they visited the AT&T Center on February 1st, and the Spurs were not gracious hosts as they pulled away from the Magic late for a 107-92 victory. The Magic sustained two more losses at the hands of the Thunder and the Clippers, but are now coming off two hard-fought wins against the Atlanta Hawks in a home-and-home series to momentarily halt what was quickly becoming a season spiraling out of control. Missing from both of those wins was Tobias Harris, seemingly an awkward fit at small forward for this team, yet someone who Scott Skiles insists on playing at small forward. Harris has been dealing with an ankle injury and will likely be questionable for this one as well, but with rumors that the Magic are open to moving him by the trade deadline, it would not surprise me in the slightest if they nudge him into the lineup. Not only is this the last game for the Magic before the All-Star break – it’s also the last game for them before the trade deadline…….Read More