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Orlando Magic Vs. Chicago Bulls Preview: Can The Magic Rebound After Collapse In Charlotte?

The Magic begin a tough week stretch in the lead up to the trade deadline. Can they start it off on the right foot in Chicago Thursday night?

March 6, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) gets a rebound against Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo (0) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
March 6, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) gets a rebound against Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo (0) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

While a decision with forward Dwight Howard has not yet been finalized, the Magic begin what may be the toughest stretch of games this season on Thursday night when they travel to Chicago to face the Bulls. This is on the heels of a 100-84 loss to NBA-worst Charlotte on Tuesday after blowing a 20-point lead in the process.

In the next week, starting with Chicago, the Magic will be playing games against Indiana, Miami and San Antonio. Add to that the trade deadline with the uncertain future of Howard and there is a lot of drama to be had for the Magic.

Orlando has lost four straight games against the Bulls including a 97-83 loss on Jan. 6. In short the Magic need a big game from Howard, who was held to 15 points in the whole game while guard Ryan Anderson was the only other Magic starter to reach double figures with 14 points, but only 2 in the fourth quarter.

The Magic will have to watch out for the Bulls' perimeter shooting in this game. Derrick Rose hit a game winning shot at the buzzer Wednesday night in a 106-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks

The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip off and will be broadcast live on TNT.

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