–Magic players were surprised by the announcement that last night’s game in New York had been postponed. The Magic’s attention will have to quickly turn toward the Timberwolves tonight.
–Minnesota rookie Wesley Johnson got his “Welcome to the NBA” moment in the Timberwolves’ 32-point loss to the Heat. Derek Hanson of TWolves Blog thinks Kurt Rambis should have thought about calling the Miami Police Department after the beating Minnesota took. Although it was not surprising.
–Good news, Melanie Azam of Orlando Business Journal reports Amway Center has brought much-needed life to Church Street and Downtown Orlando as stores in the area are reporting record sales. It was also a great benefit to the community in providing jobs during one of the worst recessions in the country’s history. Now, the question is when does the city begin building the other two promised projects: the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and the Citrus Bowl renovation?
–Stan Van Gundy talks about Minnesota’s size advantage and how that might play a factor in tonight’s game. He may not have to worry about Michael Beasley, after Beasley suffered a hip injury last night in Miami. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post says the Wolves front line is a source of concern against the Magic, but the Magic’s guards should be able to find offense against the Timberwolves’ perimeter players.
–Jonny Flynn has been used around Amway Center to advertise tonight’s game. The problem is he is not going to play. The good news is that he is recovering from hip surgery and is back in contact practice.
–Casey Mack of DIME Magazine writes Dwight Howard needs an enemy or rival in the post.
–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball does a video review of Miami’s defense against Orlando.
–Dwight Howard announced his intentions to play for Team USA in 2012 Olympics in London.
–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball previews tonight’s game writing the Timberwolves are still struggling to get a grasp of Kurt Rambis’ triangle offense and there really is no one to stop Dwight Howard. Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk adds to look out for the Kevin Love-Dwight Howard matchup on the boards.
–Brian Serra and Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk post their Power Rankings through Week One of the season.