What They’re Saying: Wizards vs. Magic 4/7

Wizards (24-53) vs. Magic (54-23)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Andray Blatche (13.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG; 22.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.6 APG last five games) vs. Dwight Howard (18.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 2.77 BPG; 23.7 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 2.3 BPG vs. Wizards)
Season Series: Lost 104-97 in Washington on Jan. 8; Lost 92-91 in Orlando on Feb. 5; Won 109-95 in Washington on March 13; Tonight in Orlando.

-Orlando clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference and its third straight Southeast Division championship with Atlanta’s loss to Charlotte on Tuesday. One goal down, two more to go.

-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Jason Williams is loved by all on the Magic for his on court play and his off court antics.

-Vince Carter tweaked his injured toe in practice Tuesday, but told Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel he will be good to go for tonight’s game.

-Washington avoided being a footnote in history defeating Golden State last night in a blow out and keeping Don Nelson from the NBA’s all-time win mark for a coach. Michael Lee of the Washington Post has the recap.

-The Wizards stuffed the stat sheet as three guys reached career highs in Tuesday’s win over the Warriors. Dave Johnson of CSN Washington recaps.

-Kyle Weidie talks to Cedric Jackson, whose Cleveland State team upset Butler in the Horizon League tournament last year to get into the NCAA Tournament, about Butler’s run and how Gordon Hayward would translate to the NBA.

-Adam Douglas of Truth About It gives us a taste of the Verizon Center before last night’s game.

-Like shoes? Adam Douglas of Truth About It gives you your fix with photos of shoes from Friday’s Washington-Chicago game.

-Stan Van Gundy tells John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com that there is still plenty to play for now that the Magic have wrapped up the Southeast Division and the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

-Don Nelson visited the White House before his Golden State team lost to Washington, failing to give Nelson sole possession over the NBA’s all-time wins mark for a coach.

-Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie chats with Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell.

-John Hollinger of ESPN Insider backs Dwight Howard for Defensive Player of the Year. Obviously.

-Orlando Pinstriped Post analyzes Dwight Howard’s technical fouls. Don’t let the smile fool you.

-Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk runs down Orlando and Los Angeles’ remaining schedules as Orlando tries to catch the Lakers for the second best record in the NBA.

-JJ Redick comes in as No. 22 on the top free agents of 2010, according to FanHouse.

-Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel reports Orlando spent all of practice Monday working on defense because Stan Van Gundy saw some slippages. He highlights what the Magic need to work on heading into the postseason.

-It looks like Orlando will be facing Charlotte in the first round. The Bobcats are two games ahead of the eighth-seeded Raptors and two games behind the sixth-seeded Bucks.

-Orlando holds steady at No. 2 behind Cleveland in Marc Stein’s NBA Power Rankings. The Magic vault ahead of the Cavaliers in John Hollinger’s rankings.

-Kyle Weidie of Truth About It describes the “fallout” of Andray Blatche nearly getting a triple double in a recent game, and having that final rebound stolen by a teammate.

-Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland.com warns Cavaliers fans the Magic are as deadly as ever.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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