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Mar 01

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “What are the odds we see a technical foul when the Orlando Magic host the New York Knicks tonight? Pretty good, considering all the tech-magnets that’ll be suiting up for the Magic and Knicks. Orlando’s Dwight Howard and New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire are tied for the league lead in technical fouls with 15 apiece, with both of them receiving their most recent technical in the past week. Howard has had four techs rescinded; Stoudemire, two. But it’s not just the two big men, always willing to express their frustration to the refs after contact near the rim, who have a propensity to receive techs. Denver’s two newest members, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, each have 10 technicals apiece. Anthony’s had three rescinded. If there was ever a night to feel sorry for the officials, it’s tonight. The officials will be Jason Phillips, Curtis Blair and David Jones.”
  • Should the Orlando Magic pursue Corey Brewer in free agency?
  • Hedo Turkoglu will have a difficult task slowing down Carmelo Anthony in tonight’s game.
  • The Magic’s defense will be tested against the New York Knicks.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The matchup against the Knicks starts a stretch against four teams with winning records. After the Magic complete that gauntlet Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers, they’ll hit the road for a rough five-game road trip to the West Coast and Milwaukee. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy trotted out a time-honored cliché as he looked ahead, saying that he and his players ‘simply need to take it day-by-day, and we need to really focus on getting better every time out, no matter who we’re playing.’ But as much as the Magic need to improve, they’ll have a chance to make a statement to themselves and to some of the league’s biggest superstars. Anthony and Stoudemire will be on the court tonight. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh loom on Thursday. And Derrick Rose — perhaps James’ and Dwight Howard’s toughest challenger for league MVP honors — awaits on Friday. The Bulls beat the Magic 99-90 on Jan. 28 in Chicago. The Heat have won two of three games against the Magic this season.”
  • Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com previews possible first round matchups for Orlando.
  • The Magic are going to learn a lot about themselves this week.
  • Dwight Howard is perilously close to getting suspended by the NBA.
  • Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones: “Here’s the conundrum — the Magic have had a tough time beating elite teams. So, if they beat the Knicks, does that make the Knicks a non-elite team? And if the Knicks win, what does that mean? That the Magic aren’t elite and it’s a meaningless win for New York? So confusing.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie reminisces on Horace Grant’s career: “Perhaps the Orlando Magic overrated the All-Star in seeking Grant out in the summer of 1994, but his play (the play that didn’t get him a chance at the Dream Team) was exactly what Orlando needed. A guy who wouldn’t use up too many possessions, who wouldn’t stop ball movement, and would only stick jumpers (and as the Bulls found out in the 1995 playoffs, jumper after jumper after jumper) when all other options fell. While scurrying all over the floor defensively, and crashing the boards. And after signing a middle-of-the-road starter deal in Orlando with the wink-wink promise that more contracts were in the offing, Grant became one of the first NBA players to make eight figures in a year in 1996.”
  • Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm: “Howard has joined the legion of players who I become physically angry at when they fail to surprise me. That one-pause hesitation, right-to-left sweeping side-hook thing he does, it makes me actually physically, visibly angry because it’s so dependent on the defense not anticipating, so dependent on how the ball rolls on the rim, so dependent on everything going right without the slightest moment of improvisation.”
  • Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated: “Remember last year’s first-round playoff series against Charlotte, when early foul trouble limited Howard to under 30 minutes in each of the four games? Well, there is no Marcin Gortat to the rescue if a similar scenario arises this season. With the trade deadline passed, the options for a quality backup center are much diminished, leaving Orlando vulnerable. Coach Stan Van Gundy briefly deployed a large front line of Brandon Bass, Earl Clark and Ryan Anderson against Charlotte on Saturday, and at least one or two of those guys would have to come up big (literally) in Howard’s absence during the postseason.”

this doesnt have anything to do with this but i just found out that ryan anderson has a higher PER (19.18) than chris bosh (19.06). go figure...