Magic (24-11) vs. Wizards (11-22)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Vince Carter (8.3 PPG, 21.3 FG% in January) vs. Caron Butler (16.6 PPG)
-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel tries to diagnose Orlando’s current problems during its three-game losing streak.
-Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post wonders why nobody stepped in to prevent Arenas from hurting himself in the gun controversy.
-Contrary to popular belief, the Wizards still play basketball and Mike Prada of Bullets Forever takes some time to talk about Wednesday’s Wizards-Cavs matchup.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes that the game against Washington would be a perfect opportunity for Orlando to break out of its slump. Of course, you could say that about the last three games (all losses) too.
-Rumor has it Dwight Howard and LeBron James will be in a McDonald’s ad together during the Super Bowl, possibly recreating Michael Jordan and Larry Bird’s famous commercial.
-Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie wonders what the effects would be if the Cavaliers acquired the Wizards’ Antawn Jamison this year.
-Stan Van Gundy tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel an interesting anecdote about losses and how teams react to them.
-Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post writes about Gilbert Arenas’ history of pranks.
-The Wizards have officially banned card games and gambling from team flights, following New Jersey’s lead in the matter, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
-Stan Van Gundy will keep the same lineup and still has complete confidence in the players he has to win games despite the disconcerting three-gams skid the Magic are on.