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Apr 11

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • When he’s gotten playing time, Ish Smith has impressed the coaching staff for the Orlando Magic with his quickness and playmaking ability.
  • The Magic may be the No. 6 seed right now in the Eastern Conference, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Why? Orlando would be slated to face off against the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs and have a favorable matchup in that series.
  • Dwight Howard lifts the spirits of a paralyzed boy.
  • Could the Magic have their sights set on Donnie Walsh as a person that could possibly take a front office position within the organization?
  • Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog: “The two men responsible for Lil’ Penny will be reuniting for the first time Thursday, when Rock is a guest on the Bottom Line Sports Show, an Internet radio show that Hardaway executive produces and occasionally appears on alongside the show’s regular host and founder, Gerald Brown. Despite having been linked through the Lil’ Penny character for nearly 20 years, Hardaway and Rock have spent little time together as their parts in the commercials were filmed separately.”
  • Orlando struggled against the Washington Wizards without Dwight.
  • Dwight will likely make his return to the court on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. Dwight could have played against the Wizards, but the Magic didn’t want to rush him back.
  • Washington’s Kevin Seraphin had a career-night against Orlando.
  • Fran Blinebury of NBA.com is looking forward to the next sequel in “Dwight & Stan’s Excellent Adventure.”
  • Mark Heisler of SheridanHoops.com: “GM Otis Smith is as dead a duck as Coach Stan Van Gundy. Only question is whether Dwight stays — for a season — to break in the new guys.”
  • Tom Ziller of SB Nation: “The Magic need just four more wins to clinch a playoff berth, as they currently sit 5.5 games ahead of the No. 9 Bucks. With less than 10 games remaining, this shouldn’t be an issue.”
  • Dwight is selected for John Hollinger’s all-defensive team at ESPN Insider. However, Dwight is on the second team. Behind Tyson Chandler. Considering the drop-off in performance from Dwight defensively this season and given how much Chandler has changed not only the New York Knicks’ defense but culture, it makes sense.
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