What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Cavaliers 2/11

Magic (35-17) vs. Cavaliers (42-11)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Key Matchup: Vince Carter (24.2 PPG, 53.7% FG% last five games) vs. LeBron James (33.8 PPG, 10.6 APG last five games)
Season Series: Lost 102-93 on Nov. 11 in Orlando; Tonight in Cleveland; Feb. 21 in Orlando; April 11 in Cleveland

-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes last night’s win over Chicago was more of an exhibition game. The undercard to tonight’s matchup with Cleveland.

-George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel writes Vince Carter is the key to any type of Magic title run this year.

-Jerry Colangelo says Dwight Howard’s defense and rebounding will be important for Team USA this summer in the FIBA World Championships.

-Otis Smith tells The Orlando Sentinel he has no plans to trade for a star player in the last year of his contract before the deadline.

-Mary Schmitt Boyer of Cleveland.com writes the first matchup between Orlando and Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena will be a test for the new pieces in both squads, but still just a test. Mo Williams will miss tonight’s game with a sprained shoulder. It has not mattered as the Cavaliers are riding a 12-game winning streak.

-Love them or hate them, the Nike Puppet commercials are a reality. And now Zydrunas Ilgauskas joins the fun.

-Bud Shaw of Cleveland.com writes the Celtics’ age is catching up with them and they are quickly fading behind the Magic and the Hawks as contenders to topple the Cavaliers.

-Jawad Williams left his home near Cleveland to play at North Carolina, hoping to one day return to Cleveland in the NBA. After taking some lumps and playing overseas and in the D-League, Williams has grown up and realized his dream, Jodie Valade of Cleveland.com reports.

-Derrick Rose’s early injury certainly helped, but the Magic dominated from start to finish last night in Chicago.

-Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post previews tonight’s game with Cavs: The Blog’s John Krolik.

-A balanced offensive effort along with solid defense helped Orlando cruise to victory last night in Chicago, writes Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post.

-Andrew Melnick of Howard The Dunk previews tonight’s game between the Magic and Cavs. Both teams are streaking heading into this clash of the top two teams in the East.

-Orlando dominated the first quarter on its way to an easy win, writes Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk.

-Brian Windhors of Cleveland.com reports Delonte West will be a gametime decision tonight. Also, Shaquille O’Neal should be fired up for this one and Rashard Lewis will test JJ Hickson’s defense and help Cleveland determine if it needs to acquire a more athletic power forward.

-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes how the Magic stormed through Chicago with a big win yesterday.

-Cleveland head coach Mike Brown spoke with the media after this morning’s shootaround.

-Austin Carr writes for CavFanatic.com that the key to the game will be the battle between Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. Carr believes this game will show more than any other what he calls the “Shaq Effect.”

-Dwight Howard is sure to be Public Enemy No. 1 the next time he is in Chicago after injuring the team’s first All Star since Michael Jordan, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

-John Hollinger of ESPN Insider names his biggest disappointments of the season so far. Brandon Bass is on the list. Vince Carter would have been had he not gone for 48 on Monday.

-Dwight Howard prepares for tonight’s game and hopes Derrick Rose is OK after the fall last night.

-Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk argues that the Lakers going 3-0 without Kobe Bryant does not make LeBron James the automatic choice for MVP.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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