Clippers (25-38) vs. Magic (44-20)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Chris Kaman (19.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG; 16 pts., 9 rebs. vs. Magic on Dec. 8) vs. Dwight Howard (18.5 PPG, 13.2 RPG; 25 pts., 11 rebs., 5 assists vs. Clippers on Dec. 8)
Season Series: Won 97-86 in Los Angeles on Dec. 8; Tonight in Orlando.
-Matt Barnes turned a lot of heads Sunday against the Lakers. Enough heads that he may opt out of his two-year deal after this season. Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reports Barnes is looking for a multiyear deal, but wants to stay in Orlando.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Dwight Howard received a little more breathing room with his technical fouls after the NBA informed the team that a technical foul he received against the Hornets on Feb. 26 was rescinded. He now has 13 technicals, three away from an automatic one-game suspension.
-Everyone welcome Michael Gavin to the Orlando Magic Daily team! In his first post, he writes that the Magic’s win over the Lakers was big. But, as he points out, there is plenty more to come from this team.
-Everyone in the Magic family (but here specifically Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post) are wishing Matt Barnes and Adonal Foyle a very happy birthday today.
-Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk transcribed various interviews from players after the game Sunday. Well worth the read.
-Kevin Arnovitz of Clipper Blog gets the feeling the Clippers have not fully embraced the advanced statistics that many of the successful teams use.
-Steve Perrin of Clips Nation hopes Orlando has a let down after a win over the other team in L.A. and is astounded by the team’s 3-point shooting prowess and the fact it has only used 12 players total all year.
-Trey Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie is astounded that Larry Brown reached out to the Clippers when it was uncertain who would buy the Bobcats. David Arnott of Rufus on Fire thinks it is an amusing nonstory.
-Chris Sesno of FanHouse has largely positive comments about the Superman-edition adidas TS Commanders Dwight Howard sported during Sunday’s game.
-Matt Barnes tells Tim Povtak of FanHouse that Orlando will not get punked by the Lakers. He then makes some comments about referee bias that I think most fans would probably agree with.
-Tom Ziller of FanHouse unveiled his NBA Playoff Matchup Matrix showing how the playoffs teams have fared against each other this year. The graph shows Orlando might want to try to avoid some teams in the first round.
-Baron Davis is named to DIME’s All-Beard team. No surprise there. The Clippers’ Brian Skinner also named to that team for his facial hair prowess.
-Evans Clinchy of NESN writes not to count out the Celtics for the No. 2 seed in the East. Boston is still as good as anybody when their “big three” is healthy.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel explains how Matt Barnes got under Kobe’s skin Sunday, and why he absolutely loved it.
-The feeling in the Lakers locker room was not quite as bubbly as the last time they visited Orlando, writes Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times after Sunday’s game.
-Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times writes after Sunday’s game that Orlando was not going to back down from the Lakers in the first Finals rematch at Amway Arena.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post hopes no one assumes Matt Barnes is just a thuggish energy guy for the Magic. He provides much more to the team than the antics that were the highlight of Sunday’s win.
-Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel has much more on the back-and-forth between Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant. Not surprisingly, Barnes does respect Bryant and his killer instinct. But he is learning how to combat that.
-Dwight Howard shares his thoughts on his Web site about Sunday’s big win.