Warriors (17-42) vs. Magic (41-20)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports, NBATV
Key Matchup: Stephen Curry (15.7 PPG, 5.3 APG, 46% FG%; 24.8 PPG, 6.6 APG, 49.5% FG% last five games) vs. Vince Carter (16.3 PPG, 41.2% FG%, 35% 3FG%; 27 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds vs. Warriors on Dec. 5)
Season Series: Won 126-118 at Golden State on Dec. 5; Tonight in Orlando.
-JJ Redick tells Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel that a healthy Jameer Nelson takes the Magic to another level. And everyone in the locker room pretty much agrees.
-Otis Smith will be riding to Bike Week in Daytona Beach with a heavy heart after the death of Bruce Rossmeyer, writes George Diaz of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Stan Van Gundy is amused with the scheduling this week, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
-Stephen Curry told Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle that Golden State has some plays that work “nine out of 10 times” in late game situations. Two of them did not work as the Warriors fell to the Heat 110-106 last night in Miami.
-Marcus Thompson II of the Oakland Tribune has a different explanation for Golden State’s struggles down the stretch. With Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins out for the Warriors’ East Coast road trip, Stephen Curry, Anthony Morrow and Ronny Turiaf have had to play big minutes. And it just wore them out at the end of the game.
-Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle tells the story Reggie Williams and his call up from the D-League.
-Eddie Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post makes his case for Dwight Howard to
win the MVP get into the MVP discussion (my bad, Eddie… see comments below).
-R Dizzle of Golden State of Mind was quite surprised the Warriors (or D-League All Stars in this case) stuck with the Heat last night.
-Adam Lauridsen of Fast Break (a Warriors blog) writes that it is more enjoyable to see the Warriors lose to sub-par teams without their stars than to lose to them with their stars.
-Dan Savage and Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com go head-to-head over who they would rather take the last shot: Vince Carter or Rashard Lewis.
-Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com writes that unlike in 1998, players — and star players at that — are very concerned about a potential work stoppage.
-Chad Ford and John Hollinger of ESPN Insider rank the Magic third in their future power rankings.
-Eric Freeman of The Baseline blog suggests some new numbers for NBA players. Dwight Howard could be donning 32 very soon.
-SB Nation’s weekly power rankings rank the Warriors 28th and the Magic are 3rd.
-DolPhan Dave of Peninsula is Mightier writes Dwyane Wade scored 35 points in must-win time for the Heat.
-Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wonders if there is such a thing as an embarrassing win after the Heat eked one out last night against the Warriors.