Magic (26-13) vs. Trail Blazers (24-16)
Time/TV: 10:30 p.m./ESPN, FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Rashard Lewis (11.6 PPG, 34.6% 3FG% last five games) vs. LaMarcus Aldridge (15.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG)
Previous Matchups: W 92-83 on Dec. 19 at Orlando.
-Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter got to talking about what is different about this year’s team. Then the Magic lost to the Nuggets. Something is definitely off and Brian Schmitz details Rashard Lewis’ frustrations this season.
-Despite all the struggles Orlando is having, Stan Van Gundy says the bench is playing very well.
-Brandon Roy underwent an MRI yesterday on his right hamstring and is questionable for tonight’s game, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
-Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports Greg Oden might be trying to return this season.
-Keeping with the Rashard Lewis theme that is going around lately, I took a look at whether Lewis needs more shots to succeed and whether the amount of shots Lewis has gotten has really had an effect on the team’s performance.
-Ezra Ace Caraeff of Portland Roundball Society makes an impassioned plea for the Magic to lend them a center for the evening — or possibly trade them Marcin Gortat. Either way, it is going to be a tall order to get a win minus Brandon Roy.
-Ben Golliver of BlazersEdge talked with Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post in advance of today’s game. And Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post talked with Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge about tonight’s game.
-Dave of BlazersEdge writes trying to defend Dwight Howard will be key for the undersized and undermanned Blazers tonight. If they can frustrate him, Portland might have a chance at stealing a win from the struggling Magic.
-Blazers coach Nate McMillan talks about Brandon Roy’s injury and trying to defend the Magic after practice yesterday.
-John Hollinger (Insider only) analyzes how to quantify “fit” and how the Portland Trail Blazers are a perfect example of players just not being able to fit together.
-Jason Quick of The Oregonian tells how rookie Jeff Pendergraph has become the center of attention during the Blazers’ pre-game huddles.
-Travis Outlaw talks with Rudy Fernandez. Look for Fernandez to point at Outlaw on the bench after he makes a three.