- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com previews tonight’s game between the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks: “The Hawks have beaten the Magic eight straight times, including twice this season. The Magic lost 81-72 in Atlanta on Dec. 19 and 86-80 in Orlando on Dec. 12. They haven’t beaten Atlanta in a regular-season game since Nov. 8, 2010.”
- Bradford Doolittle of ESPN Insider suggests a creative way for the Magic to use their $17.8 million trade exception: “Let’s say the Philadelphia 76ers were desperate to get a healthy body because of the injuries to Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Bynum has an expiring contract worth $16.9 million this season. Orlando could send Redick to Philly to replace Richardson in the rotation and absorb Bynum with its TPE even though there is more than a $10 million difference in salary. In this scenario, the Sixers would also have to throw in some kind of sweetener, probably a draft pick.”
- The odds of Nikola Vucevic or Andrew Nicholson winning the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge are low.
- A look back at the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest, which was known best for Dwight Howard winning the contest in large part because of his “Superman” dunk.