- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “For now, the Orlando Magic will attempt to treat the discomfort in Brandon Bass‘ left knee without surgery. Team physician Craig Mintzer and the surgeon who operated on Bass during his college years at LSU examined the scans of Bass’ knee. According to coach Stan Van Gundy, the two doctors aren’t convinced that Bass’ pain is due to torn meniscus cartilage. [...] Team officials say Bass’ knee problem will not accelerate their search for another big man to back-up Dwight Howard at center. The Magic have been reluctant to sign someone just to have another body. Instead, President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith has waited for someone the team really likes to become available. The team should receive some help when Malik Allen returns from a sprained ankle in a couple of days. In addition, Wednesday is the first day that NBA teams can sign players to a 10-day contract. But Smith said Monday night that he has no plans to use that tool in the near future to bring anybody aboard.”
- Dwight Howard was close to earning a technical foul in last night’s game.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “In the midst of all of the hoopla surrounding Hedo Turkolgu’s third career triple-double Monday night against the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic teammate J.J. Redick wants it known that the feat wouldn’t have been possible without his key pass. [...] If you can’t tell, the Magic are taking great delight these days in how they are passing the basketball and sharing the wealth. Their six-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee at Amway Center has come in large part because the Magic have had 31, 16, 26, 27, 22 and 26 assists of late. They are moving the ball better than ever and that and led has led to a dramatic increase in scoring from an offense that has been unstoppable at times with its 3-point shooting and hammering the ball inside to Dwight Howard.”
- Will J.J. Redick get a chance to participate in the Three-Point Shootout?
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Hedo Turkoglu had a triple double in the win — Stan Van Gundy’s offense just utilizes him so much better than he was used in Toronto or Phoenix. He’s not a great player, he’s solid but put in the right circumstance (the ball handler on the high pick-and-roll, not spot up shooter) he has value.”
- Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated: “Is there really another player more valuable to his team than Dwight Howard has been for the Magic? Shortly after Howard sat down in the second quarter Monday against the Warriors, Golden State had four layups and two foul shots without a miss in less than two minutes before coach Stan Van Gundy hurried him back into the game. No other Magic player makes opponents think twice about dribble penetration besides Howard. And yet, in their six-game winning streak — achieved after GM Otis Smith made two trades that sacrificed defense for offense, betting that Howard alone could hold the fort — the Magic have allowed only one team, the Cavaliers, to shoot a higher percentage than its season average.”
- Dwight Howard knows the difficulty of getting a triple-double: “Somebody told me that Turk´s triple-double was the first one since I got one two years ago in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. It was the only one of my career, so I know how hard they are to get.”
- Jason Richardson is a pretty good shooting guard.
- Austin Burton of Dime Magazine: “You want to see an exercise in frustration? Listen to Hubie Brown call an Orlando game. The fact that Dwight goes several possessions in a row without getting so much as a decent entry pass drives Hubie up the wall. You can’t blame him: Hubie won an ABA championship coaching a team that featured Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel. He was Patrick Ewing’s first NBA coach. He took a Memphis Grizzlies team headlined by Pau Gasol to the playoffs. He knows you have to get the rock to the big guy.”
All the idiots who called Otis an idiot, REALLY look like idiots. Anyway, I'm excited to see what Otis has up his sleeve for another big man. Good job Otis. I think he's going for Tony Battie.
Also, I hope Bass' knee is ok. He didn't look real comfortable or as aggressive as he usually is, last night. I hope the Doctors are right.