Magic Wands: vs. Clippers 2/8

Orlando, Fla.
(19-31) vs. (32-20)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSN
Line: Magic by 9.5
Season Series: Won 94-85 in Los Angeles on Dec. 12; Tonight in Orlando
Tickets: $41-$322 on TiqIQ
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Dwight Howard is getting tired of all the rumors concerning his impending free agency. Really tired since he never said he was going to leave Orlando. Then again, he never said he was staying either.

–It is a question Magic fans are asking themselves. Zach Lowe of The Point Forward is asking it too now. Are the Magic out of title contention? Andrew Melnick of ESPN 1080 AM (Orlando) asks the same question, wondering whether Orlando has fallen out of the Eastern Conference’s elite.

Hedo Turkoglu has been nursing a bunch of nagging injuries these last few weeks, but still the Magic are trying to figure out what is wrong with the 6-foot-10 forward.

–Remember that hit Dwight Howard took from Semih Erdan in Sunday’s game? Apparently it was bad enough that Howard will be out there wearing protective eyewear, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Robbins reports now he has decided not to wear the glasses.

–Joshua Sexton of The Hoop Doctors wonders if Blake Griffin is the Clippers’ savior.

–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes the Magic appear to be a team in disarray and looking for their offensive identity right now.

Gilbert Arenas is still trying to find his rhythm. And he is having a difficult time putting his finger on exactly what is wrong. As Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball discovers, winter might have something to do with it.

Dwight Howard admits frustration over Sunday’s loss to the Celtics. But he feels confident his team will turn it around… just like the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

–LeBron James and Dwyane Wade paid their respects to the Clippers’ Blake Griffin after his game Sunday in Miami.

–Does Dwight Howard have a hitch in his free throw motion? Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook might have found one. He also took a look at Howard’s struggles in the second half against Boston.

Blake Griffin is not one to shy from contact, but he is starting to get the Dwight Howard treatment. Welcome to the NBA, rookie.

–Many of the Magic’s new acquisitions are now struggling mightily, writes John Denton of

–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post stopped by Today’s Magic with Matt Humphrey of the Orlando Sentinel to talk about Dwight Howard’s future, Blake Griffin and Hedo Turkoglu’s struggles.

Earl Clark has made some incredible gains in the weight room since coming to Orlando. He hopes to be back next season. 

–Orlando has fallen to ninth in Marc Stein’s weekly power rankings.

–Any guesses what Blake Griffin found here?

–The Magic renew acquaintances with the Clippers after a wild game in Los Angeles in December. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily