What They’re Saying: 76ers vs. Magic 3/22

Magic (49-21) vs. 76ers (24-46)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (12.3 PPG, 5.3 APG; 22 points, 10 assists vs. 76ers on 3/1) vs. Jrue Holiday (7.5 PPG, 3.1 APG; 23 points, 6 assists vs. 76ers on 3/1)
Season Series: Won 128-106 in Orlando on Oct. 28; Won 126-105 in Philadelphia on 3/1; Tonight in Philadelphia; April 14 in Orlando

-UPDATE Mickael Pietrus decided he will play tonight despite still having some pain in his ankle, Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reports.

-Vince Carter is trying to win the 50th game in a season for the first time in his career and Marcin Gortat is excited at the prospect of playing power forward, Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reports.

-Injuries are starting to hurt Orlando’s preparations as Matt Barnes is still nursing a sore toe and Mickael Pietrus will miss some time with a sprained ankle. Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reported Rashard Lewis spent parts of practice playing the three and Anthony Johnson was called into service to fill in at the two.

-The City of Orlando is hoping it will be able to sell the land Amway Arena currently sits on and turn the Centroplex area into an area for high-tech jobs, writes Mark Schlueb of The Orlando Sentinel.

-Brandon Bass is back in the rotation after struggling to get off the bench in January and February. It is in large part thanks to talks from Otis Smith, Dwight Howard and Patrick Ewing, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel, that Bass got back on his feet.

-Dwight Howard is not confident he will avoid the one-game suspension that will come with his 16th technical foul. He has 15 this season. The technical foul count resets in the playoffs.

-Sixers coach Eddie Jordan is doing just about everything to find a spark for his team, writes Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

-Jrue Holiday has been a bright spot for the struggling 76ers, writes Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

-Philadelphia is not playing for much and fans have already began talking about canning their first-year coach, but Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post reminds that the 76ers are a great fast break team and can easily beat a lethargic team.

-Philadelphia struggled in two losses during the weekend while Orlando is looking for its 11th win in 12 games after taking some time off since beating Miami on Thursday. Andrew Melnick of Howard The Dunk has a preview.

-Brian of Depressed Fan sees Philadelphia winning only three of its final 12 games.

-Philadunkia writes there is no reason to believe the 76ers losing streak will not reach seven games with some tough games coming up on the schedule.

-Brian of Depressed Fan is not encouraged by many of the things he saw in Saturday’s loss to Chicago. To him, the floor continues to drop for Philadelphia.

-Vince Carter is excited at the chance to win 50 games for the first time in his career, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

-Orlando climbs to No. 2 in Marc Stein’s weekly power rankings. Philadelphia is 27th for those curious minds. Interestingly, they are currently No. 1 according to John Hollinger. The Orlando Sentinel lists Orlando third in their power rankings (odd they are a harder grade than ESPN).

-Trey Kerby writes Dwight Howard will lose some serious cash if he is indeed suspended for getting his 16th technical foul, something Howard himself expects will happen.

-Ira Winderman of Pro Basketball Talk says to expect the Draft pool to expand this year with the threat of a lockout in 2011 looming.

-Patrick Harrell has Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday going 13th to Indiana in his 2009 NBA Re-Draft. Holiday was selected 17th in the actual draft.

-Andre Iguodala has always been able to come up with a stellar performance to silence his doubters, writes Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, but lately Iguodala has struggled and is going the same direction as his team: down.

-Stan Van Gundy tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel that Mickael Pietrus is not likely to play tonight after sitting out practice Sunday.

-Dwight Howard rocks out at The Black Ties and Tennies Gala.

-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel makes his case for Adonal Foyle as Orlando’s most important player.

-Marcin Gortat readies for an expanded role in the postseason, because he still never knows when he will be needed.

-There will be plenty of playoff opponents in Orlando’s final 12 games.

-Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times writes Vince Carter has found a way to fit in with Orlando but it will be in the postseason where he truly proves his worth.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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