- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “NBA disciplinary officials have reviewed the technical foul Dwight Howard received Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies and have determined that the technical will stand as called, a league spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel. Howard’s latest technical leaves him with 13 this season, three shy of a one-game league suspension. Howard received the tech in the closing seconds of the loss to the Grizzlies, and the infraction proved costly. Memphis was leading Orlando 98-97 with 5.5 seconds remaining in regulation, and Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was standing at the free-throw line to shoot the first of two foul shots. Howard was speaking with referee Tony Brothers, and while it is not clear exactly what was said, Brothers whistled Howard for the technical just after the ball was bounced to Conley. The call caught many players by surprise. In the Sun Sports television broadcast, Memphis’ Rudy Gay could be seen over Conley’s left shoulder with a quizzical look on his face in the seconds after Brothers called the technical. Gay apparently didn’t know who had committed the infraction. Howard didn’t think the call should have been made.”
- Brandon Bass might miss more than five games with a sprained right ankle.
- Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com answers questions for Magic fans.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Jameer Nelson had just gotten to the rim for a nifty layup in traffic and before he turned to run back up the court he shot a glance and a wave over at Tamari Walker, who was sitting courtside. And for the first time all night, Walker took his hands off the autographed basketball given to him and waved back. For one night at least, the 16-year-old Daytona Beach native was literally living out his dreams. Tamari, who has battled cancerous tumors in his body for the better part of the past four years, had dreamed forever about getting the chance to meet his hero, Dwight Howard, and also several members of the [Orlando] Magic team that he watched so closely on television. So when the cheerful teenager actually got to do just that, Tamari was nearly speechless that those he looked up to took time out before a recent game to wish him well.”
- Who should be in the Three-Point Shootout for Orlando?
- Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider: “As a member of the Magic, [Gilbert] Arenas hasn’t found his former self. Almost impossibly, his shooting has gotten worse. He was at a below-average 50.5 true shooting percentage in Washington and has dipped to a subterranean 46 percent in Orlando. And despite shooting just 30 percent on 3-pointers in a Magic uniform, he’s still chucking up six longballs every 36 minutes. There have been only four instances in NBA history in which a regular has shot that poorly and that often over a full season.”