What They’re Saying: Pacers vs. Magic 1/20

Pacers (14-27) vs. Magic (26-15)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Roy Hibbert (17.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG vs. Magic this year) vs. Dwight Howard (16.0 PPG, 19.0 RPG vs. Pacers this year)
Previous Matchups: L 97-90 at Indiana (1/5); W 106-98 at Orlando (12/14)

-The turnaround for the Magic must start tonight as the second half of the season begins at Amway Arena against the Pacers. To a man, though, Orlando believes the team will turn it around and make a push in the postseason.

-Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel believes the Magic’s problems stem from a lack of leadership from Dwight Howard and a lack of on-court explosiveness from Vince Carter.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel’s Magic BasketBlog made a table comparing this year’s team to last year’s team at the midway point.

-Note to the Magic: the Heat’s aggressive defense stifled the Pacers in last night’s 113-83 Miami win.

-The Pacers give themselves an incomplete grade at the midpoint mark of the season, reports Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star.

-Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post takes a quantitative look at Orlando’s four all stars and finds they are not performing up to the level they have in past seasons.

-Andrew Melnick of HowardtheDunk analyzes Vince Carter’s disappointing season.

-Tim Donahue of Eight Points, Nine Seconds effectively captures how Pacers fans feel after last night’s game in Miami.

-In Indy Cornrows’ link round-up, Tom Lewis writes the Pacers will need to put forth a better effort than they did last night in Miami to score another upset over the Magic.

-The Pacers have been able to erase some rather large deficits lately, but as Tom Lewis of IndyCornrows writes, there would be no chance of a comeback in Miami.

-Mickael Pietrus and several other Magic players tell John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com that they are confident the Magic will turn their season around in the second half.

-Conrad Brunner of Pacers.com writes that Danny Granger is looking for his shot as he gets his first look at Orlando tonight.

-Bruno of the Pacers NBA FanVoice blog weighs the arguments for and against the Pacers trying to make a run for the postseason.

-Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie analyzes the first half of the season for the Southeast Division.

-Dwight Howard unveiled some of his perimeter repertoire in Monday’s game. Expect some more of that as he tries to expand his offense.

-Dwyane Wade attacked from the outside as he scored 32 points in Miami’s rout of Indiana last night.

-Jon Nichols tries to analyze the numbers and find the best front-court duo for the Magic.

-Michael Pina of Hardwood Paroxysm writes about the sudden toughening of Roy Hibbert.

-Vince Carter closes all doors to returning to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel tweets that Tyler Hansbrough, Jeff Foster and Luther Head will be out tonight.

-Indiana and Orlando are both 3-point shooting teams. Which made the last game between these two surprising to Jared Wade of Eight Points, Nine Seconds. Expect some different things tonight then.

-Dwight Howard guarantees Roy Hibbert will not play as well tonight against him as he did the last time the Pacers and Magic met. And Stan Van Gundy tells FanHouse’s Tim Povtak that the real culprit of the Magic’s funk is inconsistent energy.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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