- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “As of Monday, [Dwight] Howard, the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was in the top 5 in rebounding and blocks. Scoring weighs heavily in MVP voting, as overrated as it is. ‘Voters don’t look at Dwight’s affect on the game as a whole. It’s not sexy,’ General Manager Otis Smith said. ‘Scoring 30 points a night is sexy.’ Howard is trying to sex it up with his offensive expansion. He’s risen to No. 12 in scoring — a high-water mark for him if the season ended today — at a career-best 22.6 points per game. He’d crack the top 10 easily and gain more attention if he’d improve at the free-throw line (53.8 percent), where he’s leaving points on the floor and damaging his MVP campaign. He’s also in the top 5 in field-goal percentage, double-doubles and efficiency rating.”
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy won’t limit Vince Carter‘s minutes when he plays.
- Van Gundy talks about the Detroit Pistons.
- Tracy McGrady on the future his career: “I’m not what I once was, but I think I’m a smart enough basketball player to be able to modify my game. It’s just working on fine-tuning what I can and what I can’t do on the basketball court. Everything is an adjustment. As long as I’m healthy, I feel good about my future.”
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Sunday was a day off for the Orlando Magic after playing in Washington, D.C., the night before and not arriving back in Central Florida until 3 a.m. But not for veteran guard Vince Carter, who arrived early at the team headquarters and took advantage of the solitude inside the gym. With only an athletic trainer looking on, Carter wanted to test out the bruised left knee that had kept him out of the previous three Magic wins against Miami, Cleveland and Washington. On his own, Carter wanted to push the injured knee and clear whatever mental hurdle that might have existed in the recesses of his mind. So for a couple of hours, Carter simulated game-like conditions with shooting drills, cutting exercises and full-court sprints. And he liked that there was no pain and a return of his explosiveness. [...] Carter got a good look at what he will be facing while trying to guard Detroit veteran guard Richard Hamilton when he chased Orlando’s J.J. Redick around screens on Monday. Hamilton has been effective for years by staying in motion and running over a series of screens along the baseline. Carter took a deep sigh when asked about having to check Hamilton, but said the test will prove to himself and others that his knee is sound structurally.”
- Howard is getting a lot of MVP love.