Hawks vs. Magic (Magic lead series 1-0)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
Key Matchup: Al Horford (14.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG Playoffs; 4 points, 1-7 FG in Game One) vs. Dwight Howard (12.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG Playoffs; 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks in Game One)
Series: Game 1- Magic won 114-71; Game 2- Tonight; Game 3- Saturday at 5 p.m.; Game 4- Monday at 8 p.m.
-Bob Vander Weide took the time to remind Jameer Nelson and the rest of the Magic that in 1995 they followed a 47-point victory over Boston in Game One with a seven-point loss in Game Two. Each game counts the same.
-Jamal Crawford has played on a lot of bad teams — this is the first season he has played in the postseason — and has gained the maturity to accept a backup role to help his team. But after a poor effort in Game One, Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel writes Crawford knows he must play well for the Hawks to have a chance.
-Dwight Howard tells Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel he is excited for his big screen debut in “Just Wright” this summer and seeing himself in the trailer was a bit surreal.
-Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard led the way onto the NBA’s All-Defensive team.
-Joe Johnson has been struggling offensively in his last four games, but others are struggling to pick up the burden.
-Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes Mike Woodson decided to focus on the positives from Game One — the first quarter — in the Hawks’ video session Wednesday.
-Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asks if the Hawks still believe they can win. What they are saying makes it sound like they do, but Cunningham is not so sure.
-Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wonders if the Hawks will ever stop getting blown out on the road in the Playoffs.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post sees no quick fixes for the Hawks as many of the problems they have with the Magic are simply in their nature.
-A lack of ball movement is what really did the Hawks in Tuesday night writes Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post notes some interesting figures about recent meetings between Atlanta and Orlando.
-Tim Povtak of Fanhouse writes Joe Johnson must raise his play for Atlanta to have chance in this series, and if he wants to cash in this summer as a free agent.
-Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press writes Mike Woodson noted how his team buried its head after getting down in Tuesday’s game. Luckily, Woodson finished watching what was to him a horror film and hoped he and his team took a lesson from it.
-Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie analyzes Charles Barkley’s love of Mickael Pietrus.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel has one word for the Hawks: Hopeless.
-Dwight Howard’s dominance was key to an utter annihilation of Atlanta on Tuesday, writes Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com.
-Dwight Howard was super in Game One, writes David Whitley of FanHouse.
-Tim Povtak of Fanhouse writes the difference between Orlando and Atlanta could clearly be seen in the play of the point guards — Jameer Nelson and Mike Bibby.
-Shaun Powell of NBA.com writes it is about time to start noticing the Magic as true title contenders.
-Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk writes Orlando served Cleveland and the rest of the league notice with THE statement game of the Playoffs.
-There was not much rust from Orlando’s seven-day layoff as the team picked up a few steps ahead of where it left off in Charlotte.
-Stan Van Gundy wanted to make sure after Tuesday’s game that his team recognized it was only one game.
-Tony Mejia of Pro Basketball News writes Dwight Howard’s ability to stay on the floor and out of foul trouble limited what Atlanta could do and was a big reason why the Magic’s offense awoke and dominated.
-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel details how Dwight Howard went from the Imperfect Worrier to the Perfect Warrior.
-How bad did it get for Atlanta? Little-used Brandon Bass and Anthony Johnson scored eight points in 11 minutes on three-for-five shooting. It was complete domination for Orlando over Atlanta, writes Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes Orlando went to Dwight Howard early and often as he picked apart Atlanta’s defense with his post moves and his passes.
-Atlanta’s inability to score on Orlando’s defense is the real reason the team struggled so much in Game One… and why the Hawks could struggle the rest of the series, writes Brett LaGree of Hoopinion.
-Jameer Nelson continued his stellar postseason play in Game One against the Hawks.
-Eddie Rivera of Magic Basketball defines what the word “Annihilation” means.
-Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution describes how Atlanta lost by 43 points, and how it felt like it was much worse.
-So much for Atlanta bringing its A game and playing up to its opponents in Game One, writes Kris Willis of Soaring Down South.
-Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer hopes Bobcats fans feel better after the smackdown the Magic laid on the Hawks in Game One. He writes the Magic are just a better team than Charlotte and Atlanta.
-Orlando shook off whatever rust it had quickly and dominated Atlanta in Game One.
-Orlando was named the host site for the 2012 All Star Game on Tuesday.