Wizards (16-32) vs. Magic (33-16)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Antawn Jamison (28 points, 11 rebounds Jan. 8 vs. Magic) vs. Rashard Lewis (17.4 PPG, 53.8% 3FG% last five games)
Season Series: L 104-97 at Washington on Jan. 8; Tonight in Orlando; March 13 at Washington; April 7 at Orlando
-Brandon Bass’ agent, Tony Dutt, tells Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel that he will ask general manager Otis Smith for a trade in the offseason if Bass’ playing time does not increase.
-Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus practiced yesterday, but are still questionable for tonight’s game.
-Dennis Scott is slowly becoming the Ryan Seacrest (in that he hosts a lot of shows) of the NBA.
-It has been difficult for the Wizards to recover from the uncertainty surrounding Gilbert Arenas’ season-long suspension. As Michael Lee of the Washington Post writes, NBA history has shown recovering is not an easy path.
-Wizards Insider Michael Lee writes that if Washington is going to trade Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison or Brendan Haywood that now is the time to pull the trigger and begin the team’s rebuilding.
-The mid-Atlantic snow storm is wreaking havoc on games throughout the Atlantic coast (remember when Orlando had a game in Charlotte postponed because of snow in the late 90s?). As of now, the Wizards plan to play the Hawks as scheduled at Verizon Center on Saturday.
-The word of the day at Orlando Pinstriped Post is “plays.” And it features the top 10 plays of January.
-Andrew Melnick of HowardTheDunk makes his case for JJ Redick to compete in the 3-point shootout at All Star Weekend.
-Kyle Weidie of Truth About It gets the sinking suspicion that the Wizards don’t care and is waiting for the inevitable trades to happen. He has video from the Wizards’ recent game with the Knicks to prove it.
-Mike Prada of Bullets Forever with six reasons why Antawn Jamison needs to be traded before the trade deadline.
-Even though Brandon Bass is unhappy with his playing time currently, he is still working hard to find his place with the team writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
-ESPN Insider Chad Ford lists his players most likely to be traded before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. No Magic players make the list but the Wizards’ Caron Butler, Antawn Jamsion and Brendan Haywood have been mentioned in trade talks.
-Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse with more on Brandon Bass.
-Wizards Insider Michael Lee reports Otis Smith said he has no idea what the future might hold for Gilbert Arenas, including possibly coming to Orlando.
-Dwight Howard will be how the game is measured from now on. At least that is what he says in this new Adidas spot.
-More Dwight Howard fun as he stars in his very own SportsCenter commercial with Hannah Storm. Love the fact there is a guy wearing an Orlando Jai-Alai helmet. Link courtesy of Ben Q Rock via Tania Ganguli and Ben Gardner.