(30-27) vs. (38-22)
Line: Magic by 6.5
Tickets: $55-$642 on TiqIQ
–The Magic’s road to get back to being a contender begins Tuesday night as the March “obstacle course” gets started, writes Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Now would be the time for the team to listen to Howard’s call for consistency from last week. The upcoming three-game stretch (featuring New York, Miami and Chicago), Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel writes, could be as difficult as it gets.
–Like the Magic, March will define who the Knicks become, Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post writes.
–Carmelo Anthony is the second star Patrick Ewing said he never had in New York, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes.
–Dwight howard’s 15th technical foul will stand as called. He is one away from the NBA’s 16-technical suspension.
–Chauncey Billups was more than just a throw-in to the Carmelo Anthony deal, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes.
–Things are somewhat settled now with Carmelo Anthony at the top, but Mike D’Antoni is still trying to figure out how to fill the rest of his rotation, Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times writes.
–New York believes it has turned a corner defensively after holding down Miami on Sunday, Frank Isola of the (New York) Daily News writes. Bob Raissman of the (New York) Daily News says not to listen to the constantly flip-flopping experts. Marc Berman of the New York Post writes the Knicks may have finally arrived.
–George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel writes it is time to focus on the immediate future of the Magic and discover whether this is a title team. The next 30 or so days should help determine that.
–Dwight Howard writes on his blog that he was satisfied with his team’s performance on Friday and Sunday and also discusses his meeting with two special kids at Sunday’s game.
–The Knicks made a big statement in defeating the Heat on Sunday, Mitch Lawrence of the (New York) Daily News writes.
–New York bought out new acquisition Corey Brewer to make room for Jared Jeffries, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. Jeffries is expected to make his debut tomorrow. New York has picked up Derrick Brown off waivers.
–Stan Van Gundy poked some fun at the NBA’s Player of the Month Award process.
–Deron Williams met with the Nets front office to talk about his future. Dwight Howard might be the key to New Jersey potentially keeping its new acquisition in town, The Bergen Record reports.
–The Magic check in at 7th in Marc Stein’s latest Power Rankings.
–Remember when Lil Penny had a house party?