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Nov 23

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “Kay Kellogg loved Dwight Howard. Loved him to death. And, sadly, her death came on Sunday night. Kellogg  passed away at her home at age 62 after a battle with Multiple Myeloma, an aggressive cancer that searches out and destroys the blood plasma in the bone marrow. Her disease was inoperable and incurable. You might know Kellogg from a couple of columns I wrote in the Orlando Sentinel. She became known as  “Mama Kay” because that’s what Dwight Howard called her when he met her a couple of months ago. You see, her dying wish was to meet Howard, her sports hero, before she died. Not only did she meet him, she made an imprint on his life.”
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  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Dwight Howard received a technical foul with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter of Monday night’s game between the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio. Howard pumped his fist after he made a shot, appearing to call for an “and-one” shooting foul against Tim Duncan. A referee gave Howard a “T” because of the gesture. From the Magic’s perspective, it could have been worse. After all, the NBA giveth. The NBA taketh away. Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said before tipoff that league officials have rescinded one of Howard’s earlier technical fouls and replaced it with a Flagrant 1 foul. Howard was called for a technical in the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Indianapolis for an elbow on the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. At the time, it looked like it was Howard’s fifth technical of the season. But the league has now made that infraction a Flagrant 1 foul instead, Smith said.”
  • Rest assured, the Magic will be ready for the Miami Heat in tomorrow night’s grudge match. John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has more: “Within minutes of Orlando coming up short in a measuring stick game against the surging San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Magic quickly moved on mentally to the next litmus test dead ahead. But then again, it’s not as if the rival Miami Heat have ever really left the Magic’s consciousness. The Magic were embarrassed in their second game of the regular season by the revamped Heat and the unsightly 96-70 beatdown has never strayed far from Orlando’s psyches. […] Still, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy knows the Magic have their work cut out in trying to keep Wade and James from slashing and Bosh from scoring inside. Van Gundy was upset at Orlando’s inability to handle San Antonio’s drive-and-kick game on Monday night, and the Heat will once against test Orlando’s defensive mettle.”
  • Breaking news: Rashard Lewis is overpaid.
  • Eric Freeman of Ball Don’t Lie prays that Howard stops singing.
  • Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated details Carter’s importance to Orlando: “From admitting he didn’t always give maximum effort while playing in Toronto to his lackluster performance against Boston in last year’s conference finals, Vince Carter justifiably attracts a significant amount of criticism. But statistical measures are pretty emphatic about Carter’s value to the Magic. According to 82games.com, Orlando scores 19.5 more points and allows 9.8 fewer points per 100 possessions when Carter plays compared to when he sits. The more sophisticated, “adjusted plus/minus” metrics at Basketball Value reinforce his worth. For those who like to keep it simple, Carter — who left Monday’s loss at San Antonio in the fourth quarter because of a knee injury — is shooting less frequently but more accurately from the field than ever before, and he’s also converting a career-high 42.2 percent from deep.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie chimes in on “Mama Kay.”
  • More from Dwyer: “At this pace, Howard is going to be earning a one-game suspension for every two technicals he picks up by late January, and I’m sorry, but that’s not exactly what MVPs do. I also find it a little curious that the man who insists on quoting scripture at every given opportunity seems to take his lord’s name in vain quite frequently and loudly and matched with another curse word in close proximity to microphones, children, or the microphones that relay that message into people’s living rooms in front of children. I don’t care if he cusses until he’s Magic-blue in the face. Go nuts, Dwight. Just don’t try to have it both ways.”