Magic Wands: at Heat 3/3

Miami, Fla.
(39-22) vs. (43-17)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Line: Heat by 4.5
Season Series: Lost 96-70 in Miami on Oct. 29; Won 104-95 in Orlando on Nov. 24; Lost 104-100 in Orlando on Feb. 3; Tonight in Miami
Tickets: $30-$1007 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:

–Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel wonders why Dwight Howard has not been mentioned as much in the MVP debate. I would argue he has, us Magic fans just have our ears closed a little bit.

–Both Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas are expected to play tonight, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Nelson sprained his ankle in Wednesday’s game and Arenas sat out with a sore left calf.

–Greg Cote of the Miami Herald writes the signing of Mike Bibby might be an admission that the Big Three need help.

–A lot of the talk with the Heat recently has been about their failures to win against winning teams, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes. Almost to the point you thinkt they have not won any games. Israel Guttierez of the Miami Herald reports the team believes it needs only small fixes to turn that around. Starting tonight, Miami gets a chance to change that as the next 10 games are against teams in playoff contention. 

Dwight Howard: “Orlando’s the most attractive place for me right now. They have a sexy new arena, a beautiful franchise, nice banners around here and been in the top four in the Eastern Conference for the past four years. Yes, Orlando’s the most attractive place right now.”

Mike Bibby officially joined the Heat on Wednesday, Shandel Richardson of the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel reports. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel expects Bibby will play, but not start. The Heat waived Carlos Arroyo to make room for Bibby.

–Back in January LeBron James promised he would post up more. That talk has quieted. Now with Bibby in the fold, Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel wonders if the Heat will stick to their goal of moving James and Dwyane Wade off the ball more will actually work.

Quentin Richardson has been staying ready for his chance to crack the rotation again. His play Wednesday suggests he might be ready to step in and play that role.

–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post asks the age-old question: Who will be Orlando’s defensive stopper? 

Orlando and Miami is a rivalry and this is a big game, WBradley of Upon Further Review writes. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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