–Miami coach Erik Spoelstra insists he is not a “yes man” to his superstar players, reports Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
–Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel suggests Orlando better get a win tonight against Miami, because all the Heat need is time to become what everyone thinks they will be.
–Michael Wallace of ESPN.com writes Thursday’s victory is a reminder not to forget about the Magic.
–Even though tonight is just game two of 82 this season, it still feels a little different. The first matchup with the Heat carries with it a lot of outside pressure and emotion. Dwight Howard says the Magic must weather the early storm and settle into their game.
–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes about the revival of the Magic-Heat rivalry.
–Mickael Pietrus tells Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel he was surprised he did not get into Thursday’s game until the second half. Stan Van Gundy said some guys are inevitably going to get left out as he tries to balance playing 11 players in a nine-man rotation.
–The Orlando Sentinel had last night’s season opener against the Wizards covered on all sides. From Tiger Woods’ appearance to fan reactions inside the Amway Center to the players talking about the game in the locker room to the actual dismantling the Magic did to the Wizards to Dwight Howard’s in-game push ups.
–Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wonders whether the Heat’s new trio can turn Miami into a basketball town.
–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball gives kudos to the Magic for emphatically defeating the inferior Wizards. But not so much to Jason Williams, who was ejected from the game after picking up two technical fouls in the fourth quarter.
–There will be something resembling a Finals feel to tonight’s home opener for the Heat.
–Magic President Alex Martins took WESH Channel 2 (Orlando) on a tour of the Magic’s locker room at the Amway Center.