(25-14) vs. (10-30)
Line: Magic by 7
Tickets: $10-$173 on TiqIQ
–Marc Stein talked to Dwight Howard for Weekend Dime about the trades, the dunk contest and, perhaps, what is in store for his future. Alex Kennedy of Hoops World adds Howard is more committed to winning and he would prefer it be in Orlando. Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk writes a failure to win a title is not entirely on Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy but rather on this generation of players.
–Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post is perplexed by the animosity toward Jameer Nelson after these last two losses. And frankly, so am I. And so is Zach Lowe of the Point Forward who writes respect for point guards does not come easy as everyone wants to find the next Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Rajon Rondo.
–There will be no changes to the Magic’s lineup tonight despite Stan Van Gundy’s threat that he may change it.
–Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel noticed Gilbert Arenas getting his left knee worked on during Thursday’s game against Oklahoma City. Arenas assured him that his knee was OK, it just gets tight sometimes especially with the change in weather.
–Sterno of Canis Hoopus is trying to figure out what happened to Jonny Flynn.
–Former Gator Corey Brewer is still trying to find a niche in the NBA. Now he is trying to become the Timberwolves’ defensive stopper. He is continuing to work hard despite a hazy contractual future, writes Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
–Wayne Ellington hit a key shot in Thursday’s win over Washington for Minnesota, but Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Ellington is still uncertain what type of playing time he will get game-to-game.
–Looking for a sign of Orlando’s porous defense Thursday night? Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook has you covered.
–Stan Van Gundy may have a solution to Oklahoma City’s ghost problems.
–The Magic come in sixth in this month’s Bloguin NBA Power Rankings.
–Jason Richardson grew up playing hockey, not basketball. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has the strange story.
–Tonight’s game could be an exciting one, Minnesota plays at the fastest pace in the league. The Magic are a vastly different team than the one the Timberwolves saw earlier in the season. And quite frighteningly, TimAllen of Canis Hoopus makes a somewhat decent point about Otis Smith being as crazy as David Kahn.