Hawks (30-15) vs. Magic (30-16)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./NBATV, Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Josh Smith (12.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG vs. Magic this year) vs. Rashard Lewis (13.5 PPG, 4-10 3FG vs. Hawks this year)
Previous Matchups: W 113-81 on Jan. 9 at Orlando; W 93-76 on Nov. 26 at Atlanta
-A change in the concessions agreement between the city and the Magic will let the team collect more of the revenues from concessions at the Amway Center, reports Mark Schlueb and David Damron of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Former Gator Al Horford has always been a little things guy. Now those little things have propelled the Hawks into contention in the Eastern Conference.
-Don’t expect to see the Twin Towers lineup too often, Stan Van Gundy says. And Ryan Anderson is very cool.
-The Celtics put a “hit” out on Jamal Crawford. But it did not matter as Crawford scored 28 points as the Hawks swept the Celtics with a 100-91 win in Atlanta.
-The younger Hawks pushed back harder than the older Celtics, writes Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
-Josh Smith is not upset about being left off the All Star roster. His family is more angry about it than he is.
-Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post asks if Orlando has turned a corner after its mid-season swoon. If the team has, it starts and ends with Dwight Howard.
-Hoopinion collects thoughts and reactions after Atlanta completed a season sweep of Boston last night.
-Hawksdawgs of Peachtree Hoops claims Jamal Crawford defines what a sixth man is. After his performance in dismantling the Celtics last night, who could argue against that?
-In Peachtree Hoops’ recap of last night’s game, it was the guards — Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford — who probed the Celtics’ defense and broke them down.
-Want to hear what Dwight Howard, JJ Redick, Vince Carter, Stan Van Gundy and Jameer Nelson have to say about tonight’s game? OrlandoMagic.com has your pregame audio.
-John Hollinger of ESPN TrueHoop writes about how Jamal Crawford helped the Hawks make a statement last night against the Celtics.
-Boston knows there is a long way to go in the season, but last night’s loss to Atlanta was frustrating even to the even-keeled Celtics, writes Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
-Orlando may have finally found an enforcer to protect Dwight Howard after Matt Barnes got in Paul Pierce’s face after he delivered a hard foul on Thursday. Ignore Barnes shouldering Pierce out of the way as Howard grabs the rebound.
-Chad Ford of ESPN Insider handicaps what the buyers and sellers of the NBA Trade Deadline could do as the calendar gets ready to turn to February.
-Marc Stein of ESPN.com talks with scouts about the Eastern Conference race and the Magic specifically as the NBA has reached its halfway mark. Also, those Gilbert Arenas rumors just will not die.
-Austin Burton of DIME Magazine asks whether Dwight Howard has made enough progress. Certainly we have seen baby steps and flashes from him offensively, but we have also seen the frustrating part. Burton even argues, it may not matter how good Howard’s offense can be if he continues to play defense at the level he is playing.
-Marcin Gortat is making the most of the opportunities he is given. Thursday was a big statement from the Polish Hammer.
-The Twin Tower lineup of Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat will not be seen very often unless matchups dictate it, Stan Van Gundy says.
-Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm wonders what will happen now that Josh Smith has been snubbed from the Eastern Conference All Star team.
-Dwight Howard says it would be funny if Stan Van Gundy coached the All Star team. He can if Orlando wins tonight and tomorrow (against Detroit).
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports there will not be any changes to the starting lineup tonight.