- In an era where small-ball is king, the Orlando Magic rely on a traditional lineup right now. Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop has the breakdown: “The Magic are another one of those teams just trying to make it through the day, and their lineup combos are statements of necessity, not philosophy, especially with Glen Davis out indefinitely. For now, Orlando has settled on starting a traditional tandem of Gustavo Ayon and Nikola Vucevic.”
- Hedo Turkoglu, still recovering from a broken left hand, hopes to play on Saturday against his former team — the Toronto Raptors.
- Turkoglu has had a string of bad luck in 2012 with injuries.
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Most college basketball fans love to hate the Duke Blue Devils, and J.J. Redick still is reminded of that every time he plays NBA games in Charlotte, N.C., and here in the nation’s capital. Charlotte is North Carolina Tar Heels territory, and Washington is close to the University of Maryland. Maryland Terrapins fans often taunted Redick viciously during his four-year college career. Redick doesn’t quite understand it, as he showed when he was asked today which fan base boos him louder these days, Bobcats fans or Wizards fans.”