Pistons (19-33) vs. Magic (36-18)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Rodney Stuckey (17.7 PPG, 4.8 APG; 19.3 PPG, 4.3 APG vs. Magic) vs. Jameer Nelson (11.6 PPG, 4.8 APG; 10.0 PPG, 5.3 APG vs. Pistons)
Season Series: Lost 85-80 in Detroit on Nov. 3; Won 110-103 in Orlando on Nov. 6; Won 91-86 in Detroit on Jan. 31; Tonight in Orlando.
-Otis Smith tells The Orlando Sentinel he feels the Magic have enough talent to win a title as the roster stands. Don’t expect any moves before the deadline.
-Brian Schmitz posted his full interview with general manager Otis Smith on The Orlando Sentinel’s Magic BasketBlog.
-The Magic played a lot of games before the All Star break. Shouldn’t that make for an easier schedule? Not exactly. Orlando still has a lot of the heavy hitters in the league left on its schedule — including two more games against Cleveland and matchups with Lakers and Nuggets remaining.
-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press writes there is no hope in making a deal to make the Pistons relevant this season. The Draft might be the only way to resurrect Detroit’s franchise.
-Tayshaun Prince and rookie Jonas Jerebko shined in a win last night against Minnesota in Detroit.
-Ben Gordon is eager to regain his old form as he continues to struggle with the Pistons.
-A big third quarter helped Detroit pull away from Minnesota last night.
-Tom Wilson resigned as the president of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. today.
-Tayshaun Prince had a +34 in last night’s game and was a big reason for Jonas Jerebko’s 21 points in 21 minutes last night against the Timberwolves.
-A lot of impressive stats for Detroit in last night’s game. Try 37 assists, an 18-2 run to break a halftime tie and the first time the team scored 100 points in regulation since Dec. 12.
-Chris Iott of MLive.com asked Ben Wallace what he thought about his name coming up in recent trade rumors. Wallace said he was not surprised. Although, Iott reports, it does not appears the Pistons are shopping Wallace.
-Happy Birthday Marcin Gortat!
-Dan Feldman of Piston Powered writes that even though the Pistons’ win over the Timberwolves last night puts them within striking range of a playoff spot, it is still a long shot. Also, I am not overlooking Jonas Jerebko — and his 8.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game (8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game against the Magic), but I think I will still give the advantage to Rashard Lewis tonight.
-Packey of Detroit Bad Boys writes the assists and the offensive movement were good signs as Detroit impressed in defeating Minnesota last night.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com sat down with Otis Smith to talk trade deadline and how the season is progressing.
-In cased you missed it, Dwight Howard set a Guinness Book of World Records record Saturday during the Eastern Conference’s practice.
-Bill Simmons in his yearly trade value column lists Dwight Howard as his second most valuable player. But not without some choice words first.
-Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm evaluates the Eastern Conference playoff race using the four factors to winning.
-Stan Van Gundy tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel that he is not worried about matching up with the Cavaliers.
-Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld reports Orlando has fielded offers involving Anthony Johnson, but is not getting much bites.