Magic swingman Evan Fournier expects a ‘dogfight’ with Heat on Tuesday
Per Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel, Fournier expects both teams to battle with all their might.
Magic use 41-11 run to race past 76ers in 119-98 victory, now within half game of Heat for No. 8 in East, with teams meeting Tuesday in Miami. Fournier, "It's going to be a dogfight, man." Heat at 36-37, Magic 36-38. Tiebreaker likely to Orlando regardless of Tuesday outcome.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 26, 2019
The Magic are currently on a five-game winning streak. The pulled off an upset over the Philadelphia 76ers which pretty much shows that the team knows what’s at stake. And they’re willing to play as hard as they can to get the W.
They’ll start their four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Heat. After that, they’ll duel with the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors. From this point on, every win is necessary. A loss could mean an end to their playoff hopes. In the event that they overtake the Heat and seal the eighth spot, it’ll be the first time they will qualify for the postseason since the 2011-2012 season.
The Heat, meanwhile, have won seven of their last 10 games. Apart from aiming for the ninth playoff appearance in 11 years, they also want to extend Dwyane Wade’s season. A playoff campaign would add to Wade’s already-impressive resume. Moreover, fans would love to see the 37-year-old play some more.
Given these realities for both teams, fans should expect a playoff-type atmosphere on Tuesday at the American Airlines Arena.