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Orlando Magic News & Notes: State Rivals

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The Orlando Magic will take on the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Click here to read a preview of the game.

John Denton writes that the Magic are searching for a rebound victory.

"“I don’t think we relax because we’re still out there playing hard,’’ said point guard Jameer Nelson, whose Magic (39-20) host the Miami Heat on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Amway Arena. “But when we keep going up 20, 18 and 27 points in game, we’ve got to learn our lesson about putting teams away and not letting back into games. And that’s a less we had better learn sooner rather than later.’’Jumping on teams and then properly closing them out was not a problem on last season’s team that reached the NBA Finals. Last season’s 59-victory team won three times by 18 points, twice by 23, 24, 25, 29 and 32 points, and once by 26, 28 and 34 points. That squad often turned 15-point games into 25-point spreads and 20-point blowouts into 30-point laughers.That squad beat Cleveland by 29 points, whipped Atlanta by 34 points and stomped Boston by 19 points in a Game 7 of the playoffs. But clearly this Magic team has a different personality and of late at least has troubling closing issues.“It’s just frustrating as to why we can’t play a complete game,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It’s understandable to have a couple of bad possessions, but not an eight or nine-minute stretch of ridiculous basketball. I just don’t understand why we have to lose focus. There’s a total lack of focus in some of these games.’’"

You can read that story here.

Sunday night’s matchup could be a possible playoff preview.

"What we haven’t seen in the Dwight days, however, is a Miami Heat-Magic backyard brawl spilling over to the postseason.Well, that could change. And the prospect is intriguing, if not a tad frightening, thanks to Dwyane Wade’s skill set.The Magic and Heat square off today at Amway Arena. A check of the Eastern Conference standings reveals that they might be on a collision course for a first-round match-up — something that hasn’t occurred in 13 years.Howard was 12 when the teams last met in the playoffs, the Heat edging the Magic in a five-game first-round series in 1997. It was memorable, with Penny Hardaway playing out of his mind (averaging 31 points)."

"Brian Schmitz has that story here.Mike Bianchi talks about the terrible impact a work stoppage could have on the opening of Orlando’s new arena.If the economy doesn’t significantly improve, the city will likely be close to bankruptcy in 2012. There won’t be enough money for cops, roads and schools. And sitting empty right there off of I-4 — for all of us to see when we’re stuck in traffic every day — will be this monstrous new arena that the city has sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into.The arena won’t just be a white elephant; it will be a white Tyrannosaurus Rex — eating away and tearing apart all the goodwill the Magic have tried to build within the community over the last several years. The criticism and backlash will be devastating — and deserved. The Magic and their fellow NBA owners will have only themselves to blame if and when work stoppage comes to fruition.You can read that story here.Patrick “Chewing” is nearly as recognizable as he once was.Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing can only chuckle about not being as readily recognized these days as his star pupil, Dwight Howard.Ewing also was in Dallas at NBA All-Star Weekend to coach in the rookie-sophomore all-star game.A kid approached him and asked for his autograph.“I said, ‘Do you know who I am?'” Ewing said, laughing.“He had no idea who I was. He must have thought I was still a player or his parents sent him over. That’s OK.“It’s funny. Some kids now only know me from the [Snickers] commercial [“Patrick Chewing”] or from the ‘Space Jam’ movie,” he said. “Times change, I guess.”Ewing, a first-ballot hall of famer, retired from the NBA after the 2001-02 season as a back-up with the Magic.You can find that story and other Magic notes here.Dan Stein of Hot Hot Hoops previews the game.This is a rivalry game and the Heat should be up for it, but the reality is that the Heat has been terrible in the second game of back-to-back sets, Wade’s absence leaves them without a go-to-guy in the clutch and the Magic boasts a versatile, DEEP roster that is only getting better as Vince Carter rounds in to form (as in, you know, realizing that it is ok to shoot within 18 feet of the basket).You can read his preview here.The Heat are searching for answers after an embarrassing defeat.With all the recent discussion about Michael Beasley, he looked just as hapless on Saturday as he had been in the previous few games. I think he took 3 shots from inside the painted area, and the only score he had close to the rim came right after he couldn’t finish a wide-open slam. But hey…Beas is young, and will get better. We know this. It’s a shame that so much emphasis has been put on the youngsters’ recent struggles, but that’s just the nature of the beast.Considering the Heat had three full days to prepare for this one, where should the blame lie? I hate to start getting on the coach, but the bottom line is that a team’s performance on the court is a reflection of their coach and what he teaches. That is why they get dismissed so often, regardless of whether it’s their ‘fault’ or not (depending on who you ask, of course).You can read that story here.(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and a contributor at NFL Mocks Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Twitter to follow him daily and you can get the HTD app here).Published on 02/28/2010 at 5:05 PM EDTLast updated on 10/14/2015 at 2:53 PM EDT If the economy doesn’t significantly improve, the city will likely be close to bankruptcy in 2012. There won’t be enough money for cops, roads and schools. And sitting empty right there off of I-4 — for all of us to see when we’re stuck in traffic every day — will be this monstrous new arena that the city has sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into.The arena won’t just be a white elephant; it will be a white Tyrannosaurus Rex — eating away and tearing apart all the goodwill the Magic have tried to build within the community over the last several years. The criticism and backlash will be devastating — and deserved. The Magic and their fellow NBA owners will have only themselves to blame if and when work stoppage comes to fruition.Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing can only chuckle about not being as readily recognized these days as his star pupil, Dwight Howard.Ewing also was in Dallas at NBA All-Star Weekend to coach in the rookie-sophomore all-star game.A kid approached him and asked for his autograph.“I said, ‘Do you know who I am?'” Ewing said, laughing.“He had no idea who I was. He must have thought I was still a player or his parents sent him over. That’s OK.“It’s funny. Some kids now only know me from the [Snickers] commercial [“Patrick Chewing”] or from the ‘Space Jam’ movie,” he said. “Times change, I guess.”Ewing, a first-ballot hall of famer, retired from the NBA after the 2001-02 season as a back-up with the Magic.You can find that story and other Magic notes here.Dan Stein of Hot Hot Hoops previews the game.This is a rivalry game and the Heat should be up for it, but the reality is that the Heat has been terrible in the second game of back-to-back sets, Wade’s absence leaves them without a go-to-guy in the clutch and the Magic boasts a versatile, DEEP roster that is only getting better as Vince Carter rounds in to form (as in, you know, realizing that it is ok to shoot within 18 feet of the basket).You can read his preview here.The Heat are searching for answers after an embarrassing defeat.With all the recent discussion about Michael Beasley, he looked just as hapless on Saturday as he had been in the previous few games. I think he took 3 shots from inside the painted area, and the only score he had close to the rim came right after he couldn’t finish a wide-open slam. But hey…Beas is young, and will get better. We know this. It’s a shame that so much emphasis has been put on the youngsters’ recent struggles, but that’s just the nature of the beast.Considering the Heat had three full days to prepare for this one, where should the blame lie? I hate to start getting on the coach, but the bottom line is that a team’s performance on the court is a reflection of their coach and what he teaches. That is why they get dismissed so often, regardless of whether it’s their ‘fault’ or not (depending on who you ask, of course).You can read that story here.(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and a contributor at NFL Mocks Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Twitter to follow him daily and you can get the HTD app here).Published on 02/28/2010 at 5:05 PM EDTLast updated on 10/14/2015 at 2:53 PM EDT This is a rivalry game and the Heat should be up for it, but the reality is that the Heat has been terrible in the second game of back-to-back sets, Wade’s absence leaves them without a go-to-guy in the clutch and the Magic boasts a versatile, DEEP roster that is only getting better as Vince Carter rounds in to form (as in, you know, realizing that it is ok to shoot within 18 feet of the basket).With all the recent discussion about Michael Beasley, he looked just as hapless on Saturday as he had been in the previous few games. I think he took 3 shots from inside the painted area, and the only score he had close to the rim came right after he couldn’t finish a wide-open slam. But hey…Beas is young, and will get better. We know this. It’s a shame that so much emphasis has been put on the youngsters’ recent struggles, but that’s just the nature of the beast.Considering the Heat had three full days to prepare for this one, where should the blame lie? I hate to start getting on the coach, but the bottom line is that a team’s performance on the court is a reflection of their coach and what he teaches. That is why they get dismissed so often, regardless of whether it’s their ‘fault’ or not (depending on who you ask, of course)."