Magic Wands: vs. Raptors 11/12

(1-7) vs. (5-2)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSN
Line: Magic by 14
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 21 in Orlando; April 3 in Toronto
Video Vault:

–Stan Van Gundy told Brandon Bass his playing time would be determined by his rebounding and defense. As Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel writes, the message was received.

Stan Van Gundy might be changing the rotation yet again.

–Toronto fans will have an interesting reunion this weekend as the Raptors face former stars Vince Carter and Chris Bosh on back-to-back nights. Judging by Bosh’s latest statements about Toronto, he may soon get the Carter treatment when he visits Air Canada Centre.

Dwight Howard said Orlando struggled in Wednesday’s game because it went away from what worked, writes Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel. Namely, getting the ball inside.

–A-Dub of Raptors Republic reflects on where the Raptors are right now. It is looking a lot like ping pong balls.

–The Magic showed how not to beat a zone Wednesday night against the Jazz as Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball explains.

–Dan Savage and Josh Cohen of debate who should be Orlando’s backup point guard: Chris Duhon or Jason Williams.

–Sean Francois of Hoop Heads North writes the Raptors played some surprisingly close games out West, but still came out on the wrong end. Six straight losses is not encouraging for a young Raptors team.

–Andrew Melnick of ESPN 1080 writes about the bond shared by former Duke teammates JJ Redick and Chris Duhon.

–Raptors Republic has really lowered the expectations for this team and the outlook is not good for Toronto against Orlando.

–Henry Abbott of TrueHoop discusses the slow transition from per game statistics to more advance methods like rebounding percentage.

Dwight Howard comes in third in this week’s FanHouse MVP Rankings.

–Vicious D of Raptors HQ expects a focused Magic team to seek its revenge for Wednesday’s loss against the Raptors tonight. Toronto will have to keep things close on the boards to have any chance.

Vince Carter’s new restaurant in Daytona Beach received a very positive review from The Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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