Magic vs. Hawks (Magic lead series 2-0)
Time/TV: 5 p.m./ESPN
Key Matchup: Vince Carter (17.7 PPG, 40.9% FG% Playoffs; 22.0 PPG, 50% FG% in Conference Semifinals) vs. Joe Johnson (19.4 PPG, 5.3 APG Playoffs; 14.5 PPG, 33.3% FG in Conference Semifinals)
Playoff Series: Game 1- Magic won 114-71; Game 2- Magic won 112-98; Game 3- Today at 5 p.m.; Game 4- Monday at 8 p.m.
-One thing Stan Van Gundy likes about his team is the way they trust each other and work well together writes Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes the Magic are not about to let Atlanta’s nightlife distract them like other teams have been in the past.
-Atlanta is trending upward after leading at the half and trailing by one point after three quarters in Game Two, writes Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The team hopes being home will give it the boost it needs to break through.
-Mike Woodson stuck up for Josh Smith after Hubie Brown criticized his effort during Game Two.
-Today we will find out if Atlanta’s home court advantage means anything.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post quantifies how dominant Orlando’s pick and roll has been against Atlanta this series.
-Jameer Nelson has really stepped up his game in the playoffs.
-Dwight Howard is back home in Atlanta, but is completely focused on the task at hand, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
-Tim Povtak of FanHouse writes Orlando is hungry for its second straight sweep.
-Austin Burton of DIME Magazine diagnoses the Hawks’ problems against the Magic.
-Introducing Dwight Howard the comedian.
-Eric Freeman of the Baseline wonders if Orlando is now the favorite to win the title.
-Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook diagrams the three ways Atlanta tried to defend Vince Carter in the pick and roll in Game Two and how the team failed to contain him.
-Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com leads the Daily Dime with a story about Vince Carter and superstar together again.
-Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes if the Hawks do not make a stand in Game Three, it is game over.
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes the Magic came alive in the second half to get a Game Two victory.
-Vince Carter led a fourth quarter barrage as the Magic completed a second-half comeback against the Hawks.
-Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel writes Atlanta is pretty excited to get home.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel details how Dwight Howard was able to avoid foul trouble and play a playoff-high 39 minutes Thursday.
-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes Jameer Nelson makes Orlando go.
-Atlanta seemed like it was expected to apologize for showing up after losing by 43 in Game One. But Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the Hawks in fact did show up for Game Two and played well, but it was not enough.
-Mike Bianchi commits blasphemy against the wishes of the general NBA viewing public — but is correct — by saying the Magic are now the team to beat in the Playoffs.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel writes David Stern to tell him it is time to change the NBA’s voting process and keep team employees from casting their votes.