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Reviewing the Northwest Division

The 2010-11 season is right around the corner. No, it is like literally right around the corner. Training camps open in a few weeks and we can finally stop conjecturing and start making sense of this summer of upheaval. The new season will be much different than the old. So let’s start thinking 2011 and […]

Dwight Howard’s Technical Foul “Crisis”

Dwight Howard has picked up 12 technical fouls in just more than 30 games. Alexis C. Glenn/UPI Photo/PicApp Two minutes into Thursday’s win over the Knicks, Dwight Howard was upset at himself and yelled, “Damn.” Apparently that was enough to gain the referee’s ire and award him a technical foul. Whether that should be enough […]

Magic Defense Holds On For Win

It has been 12 days since Otis smith remade Orlando’s roster with two blockbuster trades that sent two starters out of town and two new starters in. A five-game winning streak with only one practice is quite an impressive feat. Even if the team is ultimately still a little rough around the edges. The Magic […]

Magic Wands: vs. Knicks 12/30

Orlando, Fla.(18-13) vs. (20-12) Time/TV: 7 p.m./TNTLine: Magic by 7.5 Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 1 in Orlando; March 23 in New York; March 28 in New YorkVideo Vault: –George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel believes Otis Smith needs one more piece — a backup center — to reach a championship level. Steve Kyler […]

Dwight Howard Leads Eastern Conference in Second Returns

Dwight Howard continues to lead the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes and almost assuredly will be starting in the All-Star Game once again — not that he has much competition at center. Howard is second in the NBA behind Kobe Bryant after the second returns of NBA All-Star voting was released Thursday. Howard has nearly […]

Hibachi, Magic Sizzle in Fourth

Gilbert Arenas dropped in a 3-pointer and began his trot down to the defensive end when he unleashed an old-fashioned “Hibachi” shake. With it might have gone some of his demons from Washington and another impressive performance against his old nemesis from Cleveland. Arenas is slowly starting to find ways to contribute to this team. […]

Four Years Later … Donovan Still Picking Up the Pieces

Billy Donovan is cleaning up a struggling Florida program after he left Orlando. Chris Gaythen/Getty Images/PicApp Florida held a press conference earlier this month to introduce a new football coach. It was not so long ago that a similar press conference was in preparation as Orlando had whisked away two-time defending national champion coach Billy […]

Magic Wands: at Cavaliers 12/28

Cleveland, Ohio(19-12) vs. (8-22) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSNLine: Magic by 7.5 Season Series: Won 111-100 in Orlando on Nov. 26; Tonight in Cleveland; Jan. 30 in Orlando; March 21 in ClevelandVideo Vault: –Gilbert Arenas sat down with Michael Wallace of ESPN.com for a Q&A and reports he is very happy with his new home with the Magic. […]

Howard, Magic Leave Frustration Behind

This is going to become a theme, no matter who the opponent. Dwight Howard picked up his (unofficially) 11th technical foul and struggled with foul trouble for the second straight game.  He was stymied and taken out of rhythm. For the second straight game, though, he and his team did not let it get them […]

Magic Wands: at Nets 12/27

Newark, N.J.  (18-12) vs. (9-21) Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun SportsLine: Magic by 6.5 Season Series: Won 105-90 in Orlando on Nov. 5; Won 91-90 in New Jersey on Nov. 13; Tonight in New Jersey; March 25 in OrlandoVideo Vault: –Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel has some comments on the 10-second free throw violation called on Dwight Howard, […]

Finally Feeling Like 2009

Dwight Howard spoke to his team about toughness at the beginning of training camp. The lesson from the loss in the Eastern Conference Finals has weighed pretty heavily on Howard’s mind. He said he did not realize he had another level in his game until his team was down 3-0 and fighting for its life. […]

Magic Find Their Toughness in Grinding Out Celtics

ORLANDO — Jameer Nelson was unable to get anything going. Dwight Howard was on the bench for a good chunk of the second half with foul trouble. Shots were not falling. And Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were a thorn in Orlando’s side. It was a typical game against the Celtics. Offense was at a […]

Magic Wands: vs. Celtics 12/25

Orlando, Fla.  (23-4) vs. (17-12) Time/TV: 2:30 p.m./ABCLine: Magic by 2 Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 17 in Boston; Feb. 6 in BostonVideo Vault: –Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel wonders whether the Magic matchup better with the Celtics after the trades rather than before. Doc Rivers said Orlando’s moves won’t change much of how […]

Foul Trouble Only Concern for Dwight Howard

ORLANDO — With four and a half minutes left in the first quarter of Thursday’s game, Dwight Howard picked up his second foul. Howard has been known to suffer through some foul trouble here and there, but he always had the safety blanket in Marcin Gortat. Rumors continue to swirl around Orlando as the team […]

Jameer Nelson Will Remain the Starter

Gilbert Arenas is OK with coming off the bench. For now, at least. Kevin Dietsch/Newscom/PicApp Jameer Nelson checked out of Thursday’s game against San Antonio in the first quarter and slipped into the locker room to receive IVs to fight some dehydration (Nelson said it was definitely not the stomach bug that went through the […]

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