Magic Wands: vs. Heat 2/3

Orlando, Fla.
(34-14) vs. (31-18)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Line: Magic by 1.5
Season Series: Lost 96-70 in Miami on Oct. 29; Won 104-95 in Orlando on Nov. 24; Tonight in Orlando; March 3 in Miami
Tickets: $67-$2000 on TiqIQ
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Brandon Bass is likely to miss the next five games and could be out until the All-Star break, Stan Van Gundy says. His injury will shuffle the starting lineup. But Tyan Anderson will get the start tonight.

Hedo Turkoglu tells Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel that his sore back is getting better and he continues to plan to play through the nagging injury.

–No matter how much the Magic and Heat bicker on the court and off, Stan Van Gundy and Erik Spoelstra continue to have a close relationship, Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Do the Heat need help at center? Tom Haberstroh of the Heat Index seems to suggest LeBron James and Dwyane Wade take care of all that.

–Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is paying no mind to the verbal war between Orlando and Miami, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes. It is February and both teams have their focus turned toward the playoffs as the Heat play the Magic for the first time since the trades.

–Kyle Hightower of the Associated Press writes Stan Van Gundy is finding the positive in his team’s defense wherever he can until it gets more consistent.

Dwight Howard’s latest technical foul will stand, leaving him at 13 on the year. Howard was pretty sure it would be rescinded.

–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball chats with Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops and FanHouse to preview tonight’s game.

–Which Magic player should compete in this year’s 3-point shootout at All Star Weekend: JJ Redick or Jason Richardson? Josh Cohen and Dan Savage of debate.

–Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh of Heat Index have five keys for tonight’s game.

Gilbert Arenas played one of his better quarters in a Magic uniform on Monday.

–Josh Cohen of answers some common questions fans have about the Magic and the NBA. 

Gilbert Arenas is the Sneaker Champ.

Mike Miller would have welcomed Jason Williams’ addition to Miami’s roster, but recognizes it might be tough for him to crack the rotation. The more Gators the better right?

–None of the Magic players appear to be bothered, at least publicly, by LeBron James’ birthday bash in Orlando last night or his choice words declaring he remembered the team’s slights against him this summer. 

–John Denton of tells the story of a Daytona Beach teen fighting cancer who lived out his dream to meet the Magic. 

Eddie House is sorry for the obscene gestures he made after Sunday’s win over Oklahoma City.

–Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel believes the Heat have been looking forward to next week’s matchup with the Celtics and the Celtics might be their biggest rivalry.

–Washington, D.C. prepares for the return of Gilbert Arenas

–Heat second-round pick Dexter Pittman is a D-League All Star. Alex Kennedy rejoices.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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