- The knee injury sustained by Glen “Big Baby” Davis on Sunday has the Magic down to their third center. Daniel Orton will get his first NBA start at center tonight. The 6-foot-10 Orton has logged a total of 74 NBA minutes, 29 of them Sunday night after Davis went down with the injury.
- Davis and J.J. Redick (foot) had MRIs taken Monday and both revealed no structural damage, but Davis will not play tonight. “We don’t know how long it’ll be, but at least it shouldn’t be a long-term thing,” said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.
- With Davis and Dwight Howard (lower back) out, the 76ers will go with a centerless front line of 6-9 Elton Brand, 6-8 Thaddeus Young and 6-6 Andre Iguodala, just for tonight. “This is a team, especially without Big Baby, that’s going to be a little undersized in terms of playing power basketball,” said coach Doug Collins.
- Van Gundy said it is in the Magic’s interest to assume Dwight Howard is out for the season. “Our approach is that this is the 13 guys — not including Dwight and (Hedo Turkoglu) — who are going to be our team for the rest of the year including the playoffs,” Van Gundy said. “If we get one or both of them back, it’s a bonus, but that’s a better mentality for us than ‘Let’s just hold the fort and wait for Dwight to get back.’ There’s no guarantees for anyone.”
- This is the first of three straight game nights for the 76ers. “It’s going to be one of those mental things and you’ve got to be able to fight through it,” Collins said. “We’ve got too much stake right now … this is where you’ve got to reach back on what you’ve put into it and say we’ve got to find a way.”
– Dick Scanlon