Magic Wands: at Hawks 10/18

Time/TV: 7 p.m./NBATV, FSFlorida
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Last Year’s Series: W 93-76 in Atlanta (11/26); W 113-81 in Orlando (1/9); W 104-86 in Orlando (1/30); L 86-84 in Atlanta (3/24); W 114-71 in Orlando (5/4); W 112-98 in Orlando (5/6); W 105-75 in Atlanta (5/8); W 98-84 in Atlanta (5/10)
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UPDATE: Mickael Pietrus is out tonight again with a sore right wrist. Rashard Lewis will return to power forward in the starting lineup as well.

Patrick Ewing is OK with Dwight Howard working with Hakeem Olajuwon, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel. And, as Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball writes, it is a good thing for Dwight that Ewing doesn’t not care.

It may just be a preseason game, but the Hawks remember what the Magic did to them in early May last year. And coach Larry Drew saw a look in their eyes this morning in preparation for tonight’s contest.

The Magic’s stars could see more playing time tonight in Atlanta. And Stan Van Gundy discusses the team’s preseason dominance.

John Denton of writes the focus of Orlando’s big lineup is to play physical — hopefully to combat the big front lines of the Lakers or Celtics later on. One thing is for sure this preseason though, the big lineup has been effective.

Hawks coach Larry Drew says the Magic look like a team on a mission with the way they are putting teams away this preseason.

Brett Lagree of Hoopinion updates the progress (or lack thereof) of Al Horford’s contract extension.

Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk wonders if the Magic are showcasing Brandon Bass for a potential trade.

There will be lots of changes in Atlanta this year under Larry Drew. One thing John Schumann of suggests changing is Atlanta’s transition defense.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports previews the Southeast Division. And Mike Prada of SBNation recaps the previews of the Magic and the Hawks. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated also weighs in with thoughts on the Southeast Division.

Stan Van Gundy comes in third in SB Nation’s ranking of the league’s best coaches.

If only it were May for Vince Carter.

UCF Knight and Red Sox of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community write a recap of Sunday’s open practice at Amway Center. Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel also has a report from what Van Gundy called, “interesting.”

Howard’s AAU teammate Josh Smith just released a new commercial for adidas and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

In case you missed it, here is another link to the Magic Blogger’s Roundtable hosted by Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball.

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