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Sixers at Magic: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers at Magic: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Updated: 5:50 p.m. 

The Sixers (47-26) are looking to get back on track against the Orlando Magic (35-38) after a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Here are the essentials for tonight's game: 

•  When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
•  Where: Amway Center
•  Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
•  Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch: 

No Ben Simmons 

Ben Simmons will miss just his second game of the season tonight as he is out with gastroenteritis. 

This will be birthday boy T.J. McConnell's second start of the season. He had five points and six assists in the Sixers' loss to the Nuggets on Jan. 26. James Ennis is also out for the Sixers — he has a right thigh bruise. 

Redick due for a big night

JJ Redick is lights out against the team he played his first seven seasons with. Redick is shooting 62.1 percent from deep against Orlando this season, and his 17.7 points per game career average against the Magic is the best he’s had against any opponent. The numbers would say Redick is due for another big night …

Orlando’s defense

I’ve got a stat that might surprise you. Orlando has the second-best defensive rating since the All-Star break (104.5). They give up the fewest second-chance points to their opponents and are first in defensive rebounding percentage (all since the All-Star break). This is not a team the Sixers can underestimate. Taking care of the ball must be a huge focus.

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Sixers' Jimmy Butler and Nets' Jared Dudley fined for roles in Game 4 skirmish

Sixers' Jimmy Butler and Nets' Jared Dudley fined for roles in Game 4 skirmish

Updated: 7:36 p.m. 

Though an executive has been suspended for Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Nets — Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks, for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4 — both Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley will be eligible to play.

Butler has been fined $15,000 for his part in Game 4’s third-quarter melee, while Dudley has been fined $25,000.

It’s hard to argue with the description that Dudley “escalated an on-court incident” by pushing Embiid after he took exception to his Flagrant 1 foul on the Nets’ Jarrett Allen. 

And though it’s difficult to imagine Butler or the Sixers simply accepting Dudley’s shove of their star center, the explanation that Butler “escalated it further” is accurate.

The league seems to be acknowledging Dudley played a more central role in the incident by giving him a larger fine. Unfortunately for the Sixers, both players received equal punishment on Saturday — ejections.

Embiid, appreciative of Butler sticking up for him, told reporters in Brooklyn Saturday night he would pay Butler’s fine. 

Embiid's foul on Allen will stand as a Flagrant 1, ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports. The Sixers' center still has two flagrant foul points in the playoffs and would receive a one-game suspension if he accumulated four points. 

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Nets general manager Sean Marks suspended one game, fined $25,000 for entering referees' locker room after Game 4

Nets general manager Sean Marks suspended one game, fined $25,000 for entering referees' locker room after Game 4

Updated: 7:58 p.m.

The Sixers might have felt aggrieved Saturday after the third-quarter confrontation that resulted in the ejections of Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler, a trade-off that favored the Nets.

But, after the Sixers pulled off a 112-108 Game 4 win without Butler, it was a member of the Nets’ organization who wanted to see the referees.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks has been suspended for Game 5 and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after the game, the NBA announced Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks was upset over Joel Embiid's Flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2 and 4 not being adjudged Flagrant 2s. A Flagrant 2 foul is an automatic ejection.

Caris LeVert and Dudley had expressed their displeasure with Embiid laughing as he apologized postgame for his Game 2 elbow to Jarrett Allen's face. Embiid reiterated his apology before Game 3, saying he didn't mean to make light of the situation and that he'd texted Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to again let the Nets know he was sorry.

After his foul on Allen in Game 4 that kickstarted the scuffle which resulted in Dudley and Butler's ejections, Embiid immediately pointed to indicate he'd gone for the ball.

While Elton Brand will be watching at Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night as the Sixers look to advance to the second round, Marks will have to watch elsewhere as his team tries to bring the series back to Brooklyn. 

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