The Spurs weren’t supposed to drop a home game to the mediocre Orlando Magic in December, but things happen. The Spurs had one of those “Popovich-is-gonna-kill-us” off nights and Orlando took advantage winning 95-83. Since then that game has looked like even more of an anomaly, as the Spurs have continued to win despite key injuries (Gasol) and the Magic (21-36) have foundered.
The Spurs visit the Magic tonight to get one back, and they won’t even have to face forward Serge Ibaka who was traded to Toronto yesterday. Ibaka was giving the Magic 15 ppg and led Orlando in scoring with 18 when the beat the Spurs. The Spurs will be led by the under-the-radar Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard, the lone 2017 All-Star selection from the team that has the second best record (42-13) in the NBA. Look for Aldridge, who’s been in a shooting slump, to get his groove back against the weakened Orlando frontcourt.