Magic Wands: vs. Raptors 1/21

Orlando, Fla.
(13-29) vs. (27-15)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 12
Season Series: Lost 110-106 in Orlando on Nov. 12; Tonight in Orlando; April 3 in Toronto
Tickets: $22-$288 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:

Otis Smith is preaching patience with Gilbert Arenas’ development hoping to see flashes of brilliance. Arenas himself weighed in and said he is still adjusting to his new role off the bench. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post wonders if his issues might go deeper.

–Marc Stein reports the Magic could be interested in Troy Murphy if the Nets end up buying out his contract.

Ryan Anderson has stepped up and is playing his way out of the doghouse and possibly into the closing lineup writes Andrew Melnick of ESPN 1080 AM. Now, Anderson’s confidence is soaring.

–Stan Van Gundy is looking for Hedo Turkoglu to take more shots, Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

–Howland of RaptorsHQ talked with Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post and asked him about the return of Hedo “The Ottoman” Turkoglu.

DeMar DeRozan was added to the Slam Dunk Contest to replace Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings.

Jason Richardson and JJ Redick’s four-point plays provided Amway Center with its first real memory writes Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

–Stan Van Gundy disagrees with the notion that Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson are virtually the same player. Their similarities end at their 3-point shooting.

–Sports Illustrated writers make Dwight Howard their near unanimous selection for Defensive Player of the Year and Zach Lowe and Brit Robson pick him as their MVP.

–Where was Jason Williams? He appears back with the team now.

–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball revisits the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against Boston.

Otis Smith may not think the Celtics are tough.

–Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated awards the Magic a B+ on their midterm.

–Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook examines the Magic’s game-tying four-point play.

–FSN Florida will name a new Magic SuperFan tonight with special guest host “The Fat Guy.”

–Yes, Hedo Turkoglu can dunk.

Recently waived Raptor Peja Stojakovic is expected to sign with the Mavericks, Marc Stein of ESPN Dallas reports. 

Things may not go well for Toronto tonight according to Sam Holako of Raptors Republic. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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