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.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com defends his vote for Dwight Howard as the league’s MVP.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes Orlando will have to shake off some rust and be ready for the opening tip tonight against Atlanta.
-Tim Povtak of FanHouse writes about the special bond between Dwight Howard and Josh Smith.
-Zachariah Blott of Empty the Bench writes Orlando and San Antonio are the only teams playing like champions.
-Sean Deveney of the Baseline predicts Orlando should cruise to a series victory and points out where the Magic and the Hawks have advantages.
-Bret Lagree of Hoopinion collects reactions and quotes from Sunday’s Game Seven victory for the Hawks.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel thinks Orlando will defeat Atlanta pretty easily.
-If Dwight Howard has to sit, Marcin Gortat has proven he is more than ready.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball talked with Bret Lagree of Hoopinion to preview the matchup between the Magic and the Hawks.
-Hawksdawgs of Peachtree Hoops writes Atlanta played extremely well in the team’s wins. But even with that effort the Hawks will need something special to make a deep playoff run and get past the Magic.
-Paul Newberry of the Associated Press writes the Hawks left the floor at Philips Arena with nothing but cheers after moving on.
-Tim Povtak of FanHouse writes Joe Johnson will be offensive threat number one for Atlanta and will be the center of Orlando’s defensive focus.
-Shaun Powell of NBA.com previews the Magic’s series with the Hawks saying it will be a test for both teams and could determine how this young Atlanta team develops.
-Mickael Pietrus sprained his ankle during Sunday’s practice and was not immediately sure if he would play in Tuesday’s Game One.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Atlanta quickly turned its attention to Orlando after dispatching of Milwaukee on Sunday.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post reveals Atlanta’s surprisingly poor numbers against Orlando this season.
-Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes it might be time to start fearing the Atlanta Hawks.
-Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes Atlanta showed its best in desperation during its first round series with Milwaukee. But the team also showed its worst.
-Dwight Howard finished fourth in the NBA’s MVP voting and received three first place votes. You guessed it, LeBron James own.