Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/17

New York, N.Y.

(36-25) vs. (31-29)
8 p.m./TNT
Line: Knicks by 3
Tickets: $137-$1494 on TiqIQ
Magic’s Magic Number for Sixth: 2

Team Record GB
3. Indiana 39-22 -3.0
4. Boston 36-25 0.0
4. Atlanta 36-25 0.0
4. Orlando 36-25
7. New York 31-29 4.0
7. Philadelphia 31-29 4.0

1) After a season of distractions, the Magic finally look like they are having fun and playing together, Tim Povtak of FSFlorida writes.

2) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says the Magic should shut down Dwight Howard for the year… including Playoffs.

3) Ray Allen will be back in uniform for the first time in four games.

4) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel marvels at the similarities between this year’s team and the 1997 team that nearly toppled the Heat despite long odds and lots of turmoil.

5) Chucky Atkins is returning home. The former Magic guard and Evans High School graduate is going to be the new head coach for the Evans basketball team, Buddy Collings of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

6) The Magic put some real separation between them and the seventh seed with a win over Philadelphia on Monday. The win showed the best the Magic had to offer.

7) The Knicks are eyeing Friday as the day for Amar’e Stoudemire’s return to the lineup, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes.

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily