Hawks vs. Magic (Series Tied 0-0)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Key Matchup: Josh Smith (12.8 PPG, 10.5 RPG in Playoffs; 13.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG vs. Magic) vs. Rashard Lewis (15.8 PPG, 46.2% 3FG% in Playoffs; 12.5 PPG, 33.3% 3FG% vs. Hawks)
Playoff Series: Game 1- Tonight; Game 2- Thursday at 8 p.m.; Game 3- Saturday at 5 p.m.; Game 4- Monday at 8 p.m.
-Mickael Pietrus tells Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel he will play in Game One despite spraining his left ankle in practice Sunday.
-Hawks coach Mike Woodson tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel he believes the Hawks’ one-point win over the Magic on March 24 was a huge confidence builder for his team.
-Dwight Howard should expect to see another wave of big men aimed at frustrating him into foul trouble and free throws, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Atlanta spent Monday watching film of Charlotte’s defensive performance against Dwight Howard. Mike Woodson has suggested he could use little-used center Jason Collins to “guard” Howard in this series.
-Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes Mike Woodson is wrestling with what to do with Dwight Howard on defense. Either way, it is not an easy solution.
-Sure Orlando is not the best matchup for Atlanta, but ask Boston how tough Atlanta can be in a seven-game series. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders whether the Hawks could make some Magic of their own in this series.
-I talked to Jason Walker of Peachtree Hoops to preview Orlando’s series with Atlanta and what to watch for.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post previews the series with Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball. And then Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball turns it around and previews the series with Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post.
-Peachtree Hoops previews the Magic-Hawks series.
-Bret LaGree of Hoopinion talks with Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball to preview the Magic-Hawks series.