–The Magic are hoping to get some of their sick players back tonight. Stan Van Gundy told Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel the chances of Dwight Howard, JJ Redick, Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus returning tonight is iffy. However, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports Howard, Redick and Pietrus should play tonight. Nelson was sent home. As Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says, “If those guys sit and the Hawks still can’t win in Orlando then it may never happen.”
–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post asks if the Magic should be concerned about Marcin Gortat’s play so far this year.
–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel believes Jason Williams deserves a shot as the Magic’s backup point guard.
–Looking for an interesting player-coach feud? Zach Lowe of The Point Forward says take a look at Larry Drew against Josh Smith, who is back to shooting jumpers again.
–Recently acquired guard Damien Wilkins had an impressive debut for the Hawks on Saturday in Miami.
–Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com confirmed Daniel Orton has been recalled from the D-League after re-injuring his knee in Saturday’s game (originally reported by Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post).
–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Magic Pinstriped Post and Zach Lowe of The Point Forward joined me in declaring Dwight Howard’s MVP candidacy officially opened. The Bloguin basketball crew (including me) discussed it in this week’s big questions on Hoops Manifesto.
–Brian Serra of Howard the Dunk reviews the past week in Magic.
–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reported an interesting revelation that Orlando were considering becoming Chicago’s second NBA team if the franchise could not secure a new building.
–There was no letdown for the Heat on Saturday as they easily put down the Hawks.
–Marcin Gortat acquired many of his basketball skills by playing soccer.
–Brian Serra of Howard the Dunk with a complete Drinking Guide to Amway Center.