What They’re Saying: 76ers vs. Magic 4/14

76ers (27-54) vs. Magic (58-23)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Elton Brand (13.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG; 15.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG vs. Magic) vs. Dwight Howard (18.4 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 2.8 BPG; 19.3 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.7 BPG vs. 76ers)
Season Series: Won 120-106 in Orlando on Oct. 28; Won 126-105 in Philadelphia on March 1; Won 109-93 in Philadelphia on March 22; Tonight in Orlando.


-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel tries to put Amway Arena in perspective with the state’s other stadiums.

-Fans share their memories of Amway Arena with The Orlando Sentinel.

-The Bobcats are already plotting ways to try and attack Dwight Howard for the upcoming playoff matchup, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.

-Longtime Magic beat writer Brian Schmitz says farewell to Amway Arena.


-Philadelphia looked like it had a promising future after Orlando eliminated the team from the 2009 Playoffs. But instead, Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, the 76ers tumbled down a set of stairs and their season will once again end after playing the Magic.

-Bobcats coach Larry Brown assures everyone, Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News writes, the New York Daily News report that Brown was considering a move back to Philadelphia to control the franchise from top-to-bottom.


-Derrick Bodner of Liberty Ballers sorts through the Larry Brown rumors as the season comes to a close.


-Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press waxes poetic and tells the story about the Amway — fine — Orlando Arena, the little arena that could.

-Orlando is second in Denton Ramsey of Bleacher Report’s power rankings. As the team is in just about every other power ranking heading into the playoffs.


-The playoffs must be coming because Zach Lowe of Celtics Blog is already complaining about Stan Van Gundy’s whining.

-Orlando is not taking Charlotte or its top-ranked defense lightly. But Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes, the Magic are ready to taste the dessert of the regular season with the playoffs on the horizon.

-Hopelessness is the feeling Stephen A. Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer felt about the 76ers after a poor showing and a loss in their final home game of the season.

-One longtime Sixer fan is most disappointed with coach Eddie Jordan this season, writes Bob Cooney of Philly.com.

-Answers are coming as Philadelphia’s season comes to an end, as Bob Cooney recaps the team’s loss to Miami from Monday.

-Philadelphia ended a disappointing 12-29 home campaign with a loss to Miami on Udonis Haslem’s jumper with 1.4 seconds left.

-76ers coach Eddie Jordan has one credo for his team to end the season: “Work hard, have fun.”

-Jason Kapono and Willie Green tell Tom Moore of the Philadelphia Intelligencer they plan to pick up the options on their contracts and be Sixers next season.

-Brian of Depressed Fan is not happy with Eddie Jordan’s rotations and saw Philadelphia’s lottery chances getting weaker too.

-Lucas Shapiro of Bleacher/Report explains one thing Charlotte can do to beat Orlando in the playoffs. But he does not give them a good chance to do so.

-Orlando cruised to victory against Indiana and now prepares for its first postseason hurdle.

-Jeremiah Johnson of Indy Sports Nation saw enough last night to say Orlando will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals without incident.

-Not a lot made sense to Tom Lewis of Indy Cornrows during Monday’s game. One thing that did: the Orlando Magic.

-One reporter asked last night if there was any specific reason for the bad defensive start. Jim O’Brien replied: “Their superiority.”

-Dwyane Wade kept the scorching Heat red hot with 30 points and the assist to Udonis Haslem for the game winner Monday night in Philadelphia. It also clinched the seventh seed for Charlotte.

-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes the Magic look like a team ready for the postseason.

-The inevitable became official as Charlotte was locked into the seventh seed and will face Orlando in the first round. Meanwhile, the Magic methodically pounded the Pacers in Indianapolis on Monday night.

-Ryan Anderson hits an incredible shot at Dubsdread Golf Course, Dwight Howard makes history and Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel tells us what will happen to the floor at Amway Arena.

-Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld spends a day in the life with Matt Barnes.

-Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus names his All Defensive team and Dwight Howard is a runaway winner for Defensive Player of the Year.

-Stan Van Gundy will be doing Philadelphia a favor, according to Bryan Toporek of Bleacher Report, by playing his starters in Wednesday’s game and blowing out Philadelphia.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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