(40-24) vs. (15-46)
Line: Magic by 9
Tickets: $12-$237 on TiqIQ
–With an ever-tightening Eastern Conference, Orlando’s five-game West Coast swing could be vital to the team securing home court in the first round, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
–Dwight Howard returns from his suspension tonight and will be focusing on avoiding technical foul number 17. No promises though.
–Offensively, at least, Ryan Anderson is one of the more elite power forrwards in the NBA, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel discovers.
–Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel says we all should hope Gilbert Arenas cannot feel his face.
–David Damron and Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Amway Center construction costs could come in as much as $10 million over budget. Luckily for the city, the Magic will foot that bill.
–Sacramento’s struggles to get a new arena sound vaguely familiar to Orlando’s long-time struggled to get a new building, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Anderson, who grew up nearby, said it would be weird if Sacramento lost its team.
–Stan Van Gundy’s war of words with David Stern likely will not end well for Van Gundy, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Everyone was having fun with Van Gundy’s comparisons of Stern to a dictator. Tom Ziller of SBNation drew up a nice Venn Diagram. And Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie rightly points out the comparison is not anywhere near legitimate.
–This is no cause for alarm, but Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Amway Center has not received final fire safety permits and that firefighters have monitored the building during each event under a temporary permit. Magic and city officials are working on fixing the problem.