Orlando Magic Will Dearly Miss Nikola Vucevic vs. Washington Wizards

By Kareem Gantt
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When the Orlando Magic take the court tonight to play spoiler against the playoff-bound Washington Wizards, the team will be without one of its biggest weapons.

The team announced on Friday that center Nikola Vucevic will miss his fourth-consecutive game with a sore left Achilles’ tendon. Vucevic, who was averaging a double-double before he went down, will be sorely missed on the court against the Wizards.

But the Magic are not shedding any tears. Orlando is looking to build on a two game winning streak while avoiding a season sweep at the hands of Washington. The Magic will also look to get to .50o at home for the first time since beating the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 26 to bring their home record to 15-15.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn told the media that in order for Orlando to stop the bleeding against the Wizards, the Magic is going to have to find a way to slow down John Wall and Trevor Ariza, both of whom have had their way against the Magic’s porous defense.

In fact, Orlando has had an all-around poor showing against Washington all season long.

Orlando has made just 27 percent of its three-pointers and have attempted just 12 free throws a game against the Wizards. At the other end of the spectrum, Washington has put a spell on the ball at the three-point line, hitting a scorching 55 percent of its three-pointers and going to the line 28 times against Orlando.

The Magic would need to reverse those numbers if it has any chance of breaking their losing spell against the Wizards.

Kareem Gantt is an Orlando Magic writer for Rantsports.com. You can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook and read more of his work on Google

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