Magic Wands: vs. Trail Blazers 3/7

Orlando, Fla.
(35-27) vs. (40-23)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: Magic by 1.5
Season Series: Lost 97-83 in Portland on Dec. 9; Tonight in Orlando
Tickets: $22-$267 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:


Dwight Howard went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and said he would like to win a championship and finish his career in Orlando.

–Stan Van Gundy fired back at David Stern and the league office in suspending Dwight Howard, claiming Howard has actually shown great restraint in only picking up 16 technical fouls.

–Even Dwight Howard had to chuckle when he donned the white practice uniform that symbolizes he was on the scout team during Sunday’s practice, John Denton of reports. Tonight, the Magic will play their third game without Howard of the season after the league suspended him for accumulating too many technical fouls. The task will be made more difficult by the fact that the Magic lack a true backup center for the first time in Howard’s career.

Gilbert Arenas felt some tightness in his calf and will be a game-time decision, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

–Gregg Doyel of CBS Sportsline writes Dwight Howard is in a lose-lose situation and his technical foul problems are a creation of his own doing.

Dwight Howard has been very accepting of his penalty for picking up too many technical fouls and insists he is not a “hothead.”

–Zach Lowe of The Point Forward declares Dwight Howard his MVP of the three-quarter pole of the season.

The science of NBA naps as told by Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times.

–The Lakers top Marc Stein of ESPN’s Power Rankings this week. The Magic come in sixth.

–Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel details the friendship that has developed between Stan Van Gundy and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball reviews Orlando’s 40-9 run to topple Miami.

–Stan Van Gundy, commenting on the latest story that Heat players were crying in the locker room following Sunday’s loss to Chicago, said he has indeed seen players cry in the locker room and it is not that rare of an occasion. Van Gundy says the Heat have deserved a lot of their criticisms.

–A quick reminder of just how good Tracy McGrady was, from Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball. 


Philip Rossman-Reich

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