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