A pair of teams each missing key players meet when the Orlando Magic conclude their four-game West Coast trip with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings—a team they haven’t beaten on the road in over 12 years.
The Magic suspended leading scorer Steve Francis indefinitely Thursday because of his alleged refusal to play late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 113-104 loss to Seattle.
Hill has been out of the lineup for four straight games since re-aggravating a groin injury that caused him to have offseason sports hernia surgery. He’s averaging 16.7 points in just 10 games this season.
“We’ll just have to make that up with trying to get the ball to our key people that we think have the best opportunity to score,” said Magic coach Brian Hill, whose team fell to 0-3 on the trip with a 113-108 loss to Portland on Friday. “It has to be a collective effort.”
“You obviously want to win,” Nelson said. “But we did all we could out there.”
Orlando has lost 10 straight in Sacramento since a 97-91 win on Dec. 19, 1993, but the Kings are also playing short-handed.
Sacramento was without three of its top four scorers as it fell for the third time in four games Friday, 90-76 to the New Orleans Hornets.
“Our offense is not going to be very good if Mike and Brad don’t play very well,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “When that happens with the team we have (at the moment), it’s hard.”