- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has decided he’ll stick with the same quartet of Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Brandon Bass to start alongside center Dwight Howard for tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that doesn’t mean Van Gundy will keep those players in the game, especially if they play with the same low energy they displayed during Wednesday night’s frustrating loss to the Sacramento Kings. Van Gundy pledged won’t hesitate to use his entire active roster — even the guys who’ve been buried on the team’s bench — if he doesn’t like what he sees. Young forward Earl Clark, veteran wing Quentin Richardson and veteran point guard Chris Duhon might receive some playing time against the Thunder, especially if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are scoring at will.”
- Dwight Howard hopes that his teammates heeded his words.
- John Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com evaluates the copious amount of trade deadline deals.
- Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated: “The Magic were thought to need more size in order to match up with Boston, but the Celtics traded away that advantage by sending Perkins to Oklahoma City.”
- More from Thomsen: “Will Perkins’ departure hurt Boston in the East? He was able to play one-on-one against Dwight Howard, but the Celtics have reason to be confident in a series against the newly reconstructed Magic, who have yet to develop title-worthy chemistry around their center. Neither Miami nor Chicago has a high scoring center to exploit Perkins’ absence, so perhaps the Celtics are acting on a gamble that they can make it back to the Finals without him.”