Magic (35-17) vs. Bulls (25-25)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (11.6 PPG, 4.8 APG) vs. Derrick Rose (19.9 PPG, 5.9 APG)
Season Series: Jan. 2 Lost 101-93 in Chicago; Tonight in Chicago; March 11 in Orlando
-Vince Carter’s big night Monday showed the promise and possibilities Carter can still provide, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Dwight Howard continues to inch closer to earning a suspension for accruing technical fouls.
-Dwight Howard revealed the team had a players only meeting after the Magic’s win over the Celtics last week. The team talked about chemistry and working together and holding each other accountable. As Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports, Howard has become the team’s leader. Adonal Foyle commented on how Howard has matured as a team leader.
-Tyrus Thomas returned from his one-game suspension with some big plays in Chicago’s 109-101 win in Indianapolis last night.
-Former Gator Chris Richard is making his case to stick with the Bulls after signing a 10-day contract. Also, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune cites NBA sources who said the Bulls have talked with the Magic about a trade involving John Salmons or Tyrus Thomas.
-John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times writes the inconsistent Bulls alternated good quarter with bad quarter, but locked down on defense to erase an 11-point second-half deficit in last night’s win over the Pacers.
-Tyrus Thomas said he has no regrets for the tirade that led to his one-game suspension. If he plays like he did last night, the Bulls may not mind.
-Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and John Salmons each scored 20-plus points in Chicago’s win over Indiana last night.
-Barry Rozner of The Daily Herald writes that it is the same old Tyrus Thomas who came back from suspension last night. But it is John Paxson’s fault for not surrounding him or giving the Bulls the leadership they need.
-The Magic announced yesterday they will honor Darrell Armstrong during next Friday’s game against the Mavericks.
-Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post analyzes Vince Carter’s big night and writes the pick and roll was key to getting Carter going.
-Matt McHale of By The Horns writes the Bulls turned up the defense to get just their fourth win in 20 trips to Conseco Fieldhouse since 1999.
-Blog a Bull believes tonight’s game would provide Chicago lots of momentum heading into the All Star break.
-Pippen Ain’t Easy compiles Derrick Rose’s top plays of the season.
-Sam Smith of Bulls.com was impressed by how the Bulls overcame their weaknesses and outsmarted the Pacers in last night’s win.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes that even Vince Carter was surprised by his performance Monday against New Orleans. After struggling in January, Carter was not even sure if he had a performance like the one he had Monday in the tank.
-If there is a lockout, Brad Miller can line up a hunting trip. Chris Tommasson of AOL FanHouse writes that the veterans who played during the condensed 1999 season believe a lockout could be imminent.
-A video compilation of Vince Carter “going nova” courtesy of Rob Mahoney of Hardwood Paroxysm.
-Vince Carter has slowly been losing his ability to finish at the rim — god knows how long people have been begging him to attack the basket more throughout his career. As John Krolik of Pro Basketball Talk writes, the way Carter scored his 48 points, which included 9-of-11 shooting at the rim, should be encouraging.
-Jerry Stackhouse shared some interesting thoughts on Vince Carter, revealing Carter told him his knee has been bothering him and the wear and tear may be getting to him. Of course, this was before Carter scored 48 on Monday.
-Blog A Bull found last night’s win over Indiana to be very ho-hum and hard to watch. But you have to win those games sometimes.
-From the Indy perspective, Tom Lewis of Indy Cornrows writes how Danny Granger showed flashes of what made him an All Star last year, but the Pacers offense disappeared in the fourth quarter in the loss.