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Wizards vs. Magic preview: Meet Jacque Vaughn's squad

Learn more about the Wizards' opponent tonight.


The Wizards will try for a second time to beat the Orlando Magic, the team everyone expected to be in the East's cellar. Learn more about them.

Where and When? Tip off is at 7 p.m. The game will be on Comcast SportsNet.

Why Should I Care? Because the Magic have now lost three straight to bad teams after being so good early on in December. This is about as winnable a game as you'll see on the schedule.

Are They Any Good? No, but they were good for most of December, picking up critical road wins over good teams and playing with the point differential of a playoff squad. Recently, though, they've felt the loss of Glen Davis, who went down when the Wizards and Magic last played nine days ago.

Who's Out? The usual suspects are not playing for the Wizards. For Orlando, Davis will not play for the fourth straight game.

What Are They Good At? This is a very good defensive team that fights you hard and pays very good attention to detail. More specifically, they have taken two things out of the Gregg Popovich playbook in San Antonio: contesting shots and not fouling. Orlando is in the top 10 in the league in both categories, and that goes a long way.

What Are They Bad At? Generating offense, which is no surprise when you look at their roster. The absence of Davis, who at least soaked up a lot of possessions, has exacerbated this issue. Davis is really their version of Jordan Crawford. He takes bad shots and monopolizes the ball, but if he doesn't do it, nobody else can. In that way, he's carved out more value than he normally would elsewhere.

Will J.J. Redick go off tonight? Of course. He always does.