With a new coach and no superstar in Dwight Howard, Orlando is set up for a rebuilding year at best. They're already 0-3 in the preseason and travel to The Palace to play the back-end of a back-to-back on Tuesday night.
Game Tip: 7:30 p.m. ET
Orlando Magic: 0-3
Detroit Pistons: 1-2
After an overtime loss on Monday, the Magic are expected to rest their veterans in favor of the youngsters for much of Tuesday night. Kyle O'Quinn and Gustavo Ayon were healthy scratches on Monday and should get plenty of playing time against the Pistons' big men, particularly rookies Andre Drummond and Ktrl-V, Viacheslav Kravtsov.
Lawrence Frank says that we will begin to see patterns of how the rotation will look when the regular season starts, but will continue to mix things up in the next few preseason games. According to Keith Langlois, the starters will be the same that are expected to start the season -- Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell, Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight -- but as many as 15 will play Tuesday night.
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Keys to the Game
Continue to experiment: Frank says he will continue to mix and match to piece together the right rotation for when the regular season tips. He only has a few games remaining to do this before putting the regular rotation into motion for the last of the preseason games in final preparation for the opener on Halloween.
Brandon Knight growth: Point guardy things are up, but so are the turnovers. While one is encouraging, the other is obviously not. Knight needs to focus on making smart passes when looking to get his teammates involved before himself.
Stay healthy: It's the preseason -- nobody needs to get hurt out there.
Question of the Game
Holy testicle Tuesday: Will you be watching Pistons preseason action, Justin Verlander and the Tigers in Game 3 of the ALCS or the debate?