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Apr 16

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “An MRI today showed that Glen Davis suffered no structural damage when he hurt his right knee Sunday night, team spokesman Joel Glass said. Davis mildly hyperextended the knee and his availability for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers is being called a gametime decision.”
  • Much of Daniel Orton’s NBA career has been spent off the court after missing all of last season rehabbing from knee surgery. Which should make tonight especially satisfying for him, given that he’ll be in the starting lineup for the first time in his career.
  • Everyone that played in last night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers contributed to the win for the Orlando Magic.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy on why he chose to play Chris Duhon over Ish Smith against the Cavaliers: “I loved the way that Ish had played. He still may play a role here. When we’re struggling, I wanted to go back to veteran guys. I think Ish penetrates the ball very well — maybe better than Chris right now — but I think we get better organization on the floor with Chris, which helps the other guys play well.”
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “With Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis all out, you have to wonder if the Magic can win another game this season. Actually, you don’t, because they play the Bobcats next Wednesday. But a 1-5 finish is a distinct possibility, and a loss to Philly on Monday would put the Sixers just two games back for sixth.”
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com has similar concerns about the Magic’s playoff positioning with Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, and Glen Davis sidelined with injuries. Though Davis may play in tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Injuries have decimated Orlando’s roster in recent weeks, which has put them in a precarious and fragile position heading into the playoffs.
  • With the Magic reeling (falling from the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference to the No. 6 seed), they needed a win against Cleveland and got it.
  • According to Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk, every team in the East is licking their chops and hoping they get a chance to play an injury-plagued Orlando team in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
  • With a win against the Cavaliers, the Magic clinched a playoff berth for a sixth straight season (fifth straight under Van Gundy).
  • Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: “Orlando is without Dwight Howard for most if not all of the rest of the way, so their trek gets the most difficult. That might not be a bad thing for Orlando, as they need to stay as far away from Boston, who has played them enough, with worse versions of their roster, to figure them out in short order. The Magic’s most likely, and best chance at advancing lies with a matchup against the Pacers.”
  • Has Andrew Bynum surpassed Dwight as the NBA’s best center? There’s a real argument this season that he has and possibly for the future, too.
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