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Magic Wands: at 76ers 1/30

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Philadelphia, Pa.

(12-8) vs. (14-6)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: 76ers by 7
Tickets: $6-$555 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Philadelphia; Feb. 15 in Orlando; April 7 in Philadelphia; April 16 in Orlando

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Video Vault:


1) In case you missed it, I explain why the Magic’s struggles last week were a reflection of Dwight Howard’s failures as a leader. Griffin Gotta of the Hoops Doctors writes, the Magic are an absolute mess.

2) Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie notes that Dwight Howard’s interest in criticizing his teammates and in asking for more from his teammates is not a renewal of his trade request but a re-affirmation of his interest in staying in Orlando.

3) Very little has been written on Jameer Nelson and his role as captain. You can’t blame Nelson for taking a back seat as his confidence dwindles, Preston Raulerson of Magic Basketball Online writes.

4) Stan Van Gundy is finding it difficult to create solutions to what ails the Magic right now, and at least one player tells Sean Deveney of Sporting News that Van Gundy’s words are starting to get tuned out.

5) Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune asked Dwight Howard after Friday’s game whether he would be open to joining Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Howard said it would be something he would love to do. He added adidas has nothing to do with his future destination.

6) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says Stan Van Gundy needs to shake up his lineup to get the Magic out of this funk.

7) Derek Bodner of Liberty Ballers examines some preposterous criticisms of Andre Iguodala.

8) The 76ers are fast out of the gate, but now comes the real test with the Magic, Bulls and Heat on their way into town, Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes. This is all part of the Sixers’ quest for legitimacy, Jordan Sams of Liberty Ballers writes.

9) Ryan Anderson did not disagree with Dwight Howard’s assessment of the team following Sunday’s loss to the Pacers. Sunday’s loss was another puzzling blowout for the Magic as the defense once again looked lifeless. It was a strong second half from Indiana that did Orlando in. Brian Serra of MagicBasketballOnline points out how far the Magic have fallen.

10) Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel asks who is to blame for the Magic’s slide: Otis Smith, Dwight Howard or Stan Van Gundy.

11) Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld says don’t expect much trade interest in Jameer Nelson… or really anyone on the roster outside Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick and Dwight Howard. Not helping matters, Jameer Nelson is out tonight with concussion-like symptoms.

12) Michael levin of Liberty Ballers provides a trade pro/con chart for the Sixers going after Amar’e Stoudemire.

13) C. Smith of Philadunkia previews tonight’s game with Eddy Rivera of

14) Tim Parker of Philadunkia asks if the 76ers have become the school-yard bully.

15) Andre Iguodala registered just the fourth 10-10-10 triple double in the league since 1985 on Saturday against Detroit.

16) If you have not heard: the Friday/Saturday back-to-back is going to be a weird one for the Magic. After taking on Cleveland at home, Orlando will fly to Cincinnati and then fly to Indianapolis on the day of the game (the day before the Super Bowl) to take on Indiana (again). Originally, the Magic were going to fly into Indianapolis from Orlando the day of the game but the NBA recently nixed that idea so off to Cincy we go!