Magic Wands: vs. Rockets 1/7

Orlando, Fla.
(16-19) vs. (23-12)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN, Sun Sports
Line: Magic by 9.5
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 22 in Houston
Tickets: $49-$290 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:

Stan Van Gundy and his brother Jeff Van Gundy share a pretty close bond, as Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post really delves into the offense and how balanced it has been recently.

–Charley Rosen of FanHouse analyzes the performance of Orlando’s new acquisitions during Wednesday’s win over Milwaukee and concludes this Orlando team is not up to par with its competition from Boston and Miami.

Stan Van Gundy said he is sticking with his current starting lineup for the time being. And he has no intention of playing Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas together any more than he already has… at least for the time being, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

–Stan Van Gundy is a little tired of giving all the credit for Dwight Howard’s expanded offensive game to Hakeem Olajuwon.

–Orlando’s new players are still making an adjustment defensively, Andrew Melnick of ESPN 1080 am (Orlando) writes. 

–Count Dwight Howard among the large party hoping Yao Ming is able to make it back from his latest injury.

Brandon Bass is still hoping to learn and improve, but even he is pretty happy to have finally cracked the Magic’s starting lineup, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

Courtney Lee still has a special place in his heart for Orlando, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

–It appears very likely Dwight Howard will be sharing the All-Star floor with Celtics and Heat when the starters are announced.

The Rockets have been very up and down this year and are currently on a down swing. Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk says to watch out for Kevin Martin tonight.

–Brett Roberts of Magic Sideline asks who is a better option: Jeff Foster or Tony Battie. I suggested Samuel Dalembert of the Kings could become an option too.

Stan Van Gundy is not a fan of the “Heatles.” And neither is Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel.

–Who else is or is not a fan of Hedo Turkoglu’s “shake weight” dance

Philip Rossman-Reich

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