Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
It seems like the last time the Sixers played a game, I was a fetus. All the canker sores that have sprouted up since the Sixers chloroformed themselves and woke up hours later to a Raptors loss make it feel like it's been a while. But alas, 12 games do remain, and the first of those is a date with the Orlando Magic tomorrow night. Immediately in front of the Sixers at 6th in the East, the Magic are not without problems of their own. Namely Dwight Howard and the massive ego he's been swinging around in what is currently a 5-game losing streak for coach Stan Van Gundy.
Now, Orlando Pinstriped Post tells us His Dwightness will have less help. Hedo Turkoglu took an elbow from Carmelo Anthony and may require surgery to repair his cheek bone. No fun there. He was already dealing with a back injury that caused a drop in his production and he's statistically having the worst season of his career if PER and win shares are to go by.
Also, Ryan Anderson will be sitting out with a sprained ankle for the 3rd straight game. That's a huge loss for Orlando against the Sixers because he's first of all a complete stud, and he's been murder for the Sixers in both games this season. 21 and 11 on 60% shooting won't be easily replaceable, especially when you consider their bench. Glen Davis is.... not very good at all, and he'll be starting in place of Anderson. J.J. Redick will take up Hedo's spot, moving Jason Richardson to the three. Now, their bench consists of an occasionally injured Quentin Richardson, (Ludwig) Von Wafer, and Chris Duhon. No, Earl Clark, Ish Smith, and DeAndre Liggins aren't going to scare anybody.
So if the Sixers can attack the basket and get someone -- ANYONE -- in foul trouble, this game should go better than the Toronto game. At least it's entirely impossible for it to get worse.