The responsibility doesn’t weigh heavily on him, however.
“Handling a bigger load, I think there's more of a mental aspect to it. It’s a challenge. It’s fun. But I think the load is more mental. And physically, there’s only so much a player can do.”
Afflalo lost Redick, his valuable back-up, in a trade to Milwaukee last week. The Magic haven't had power forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis (broken foot) since Jan. 30.
And without Nelson (bruised knee) on the trip, Afflalo obviously will be counted on as the go-to guy against the Sixers.
Afflalo, more than anything, would like to feel how a stretch of winning feels.
The Magic have lost 28 of their past 31 games, and coach Jacque Vaughn says the key against the Sixers is stopping Jrue Holiday, especially on fastbreaks. Holiday is averaging 19.2 points and 8.7 assists per game.
Holiday is coming off a 30-point effort in Philly’s loss Sunday to the New York Knicks.
Vaughn said that veteran Al Harrington – who has yet to play this season because of knee issues – will be available.Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at email@example.com. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.