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Another Day in Paradise: Sixers Take on Magic in Orlando

Feb 15, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

The Philadelphia 76ers look to beat a not-quite-so-miserable Magic team in the All-Star Weekend home base of Orlando.

As nice as it was for us to get that big home win over Orlando at the
beginning of the seven-game death march, a lot of it didn’t scream
“repeatable success.” Shutting down (relatively speaking, anyway) Dwight
Howard with a combination of Tony Battie, Elton Brand and Lavoy Allen
is all well and good, but how many times out of 10 would you bet that
such a strategy would be effective? The answer’s not ten, I’ll tell you
that much.

We’ll find out if the answer is at least “two”
tonight, however, as the Sixers visit the Magic in Orlando. The game
will be something of a preview for a couple of our guys for two weekends
from now, when the NBA world will converge in O-Town for All-Star
Weekend, with Andre Iguodala participating in the game proper and Evan
Turner playing in the Rising Stars challenge. Word on whether or not
Jodie Meeks will be in the three-point contest has yet to come down, but
c’mon—the guy is in the perfect Daequan Cook/James Jones/Quentin
Richardson mold to take this thing. He’ll make it. (Correction: Jodie Meeks did not make the Three-Point Contest. Needed room for Joe Johnson. Haters.)

7:00 tip from the Amway Center. The Magic have been kind of good lately,
by the way, beating the Heat, Wolves and Bucks, while the Sixers have
been kinda not good, just barely squeaking by against the Bobcats. It
won’t be the easy set-up it was last time, but I still feel like we have
the better team here, so long as Dwight doesn’t eat the
Lavoy/Battie/Brand menu alive early on. Time will tell.