What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Pacers 1/5

Magic (24-9) vs. Pacers (10-23)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Matt Barnes (16.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG in last 3 games) vs. Mike Dunleavy (26 points vs. Orlando 12/14)

-Stan Van Gundy wants to see more energy from his starters and for his team to avoid a mid-season malaise.

-Vince Carter practiced with the team Monday and appears to be ready to go after spraining his ankle Saturday night in Chicago, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports.

-Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star writes that Vince Carter is very good, even though his game has changed as he has gotten older. But Carter is particular good against the Pacers.

-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post links to Ryan Anderson’s highlights, ensuring that he is not thought of as the next Pat Garrity.

-Jon Nichols of Orlando Pinstriped Post tracked Dwight Howard’s offense in Friday’s game against the Timberwolves, a game Howard struggled in. The numbers show how limited Howard’s offense might be.

-Jared Wade of Eight Points, Nine Seconds recaps Indiana’s strange weekend. The Pacers snapped an eight-game losing streak by building a 28-point lead against the Timberwolves and then desperately holding on and then fell to the Knicks by a very large margin, trailing by 40 points and one time.

-Tom Lewis of IndyCornrows is waiting for the return of Danny Granger from injury and T.J. Ford from the abyss of the depth chart.

-Scott Anez of OrlandoMagic.com wants Rashard Lewis to become a little more selfish and look for his shot more rather than deferring to Carter. In Anez’s estimation, Lewis has had to make the biggest transition from Hedo Turkoglu to Carter.

-Tuesday is the four week anniversary of the Pacers announcing Danny Granger would miss 2-4 weeks with a torn plantar fascia. Granger participated in shootaround this morning, but Bruno, the Pacers’ Web editor, reports coach Jim O’Brien believes him to be at least two weeks away from playing.

-Henry Abbott of TrueHoop checks in with NBA stat guru Wayne Winston and asks him whether Orlando has gotten the better of the Carter-Turkoglu swap.

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