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Apr 03

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • As the Orlando Magic face the distinct possibility of playing without Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson, and Jameer Nelson in tonight’s road game against the Detroit Pistons, it wasn’t long ago when another short-handed Magic team was able to beat the Pistons on the road.
  • Ryan Anderson’s ankle “still looks like a softball.”
  • Could Orlando make a go at a Kentucky Wildcats player in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft?
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “It’s all hands on deck right now. We could possibly be without three starters and really the three guys who’ve been our best offensive players over the last month. So it could be everybody on deck. We’ll see.”
  • Brendan Haywood will not be disciplined for allegedly punching Dwight Howard in the back in Friday’s game between the Magic and Dallas Mavericks.
  • Bill Simmons on Dwight’s odds of winning the Most Valuable Player award this season: “Don’t worry, he’s disqualified. Nobody can vote for Dwight after what he inflicted on his teammates, coaches and fans — a three-month soap opera of wishy-washiness that undermined his team and goes on his permanent résumé.”
  • Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated: “The conventional wisdom over the past few seasons has been that if point guard Jameer Nelson is playing well, the Magic are in good shape. But with Nelson shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from distance while averaging 16.5 points in the last 10 games, Orlando is just 4-6 and has dropped three in a row.”
  • The problem, of course, is that Orlando — outside of Dwight, Anderson, and Redick — is not very good. Nelson’s recent resurgence has been a nice story, but it’s been undermined by the fact that players like Hedo Turkoglu aren’t playing very well (and haven’t much at all this season).
  • Not many people are jumping on the Magic’s playoff bandwagon.
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