Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.
Game Two, Atlanta leads 1-0
Time/TV: Tuesday 7:30 p.m./NBATV, FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 8.5
Tickets: $25-$356 on TiqIQ
Playoff Series: Game 1- Hawks 103, Magic 93; Game 2- Tues. in Orlando; Game 3- April 22 in Atlanta; Game 4- April 24 in Atlanta
1) The Magic issued a press release today saying a major NBA/Magic announcement was coming today. It is expected that announcement is that Dwight Howard has won his third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award.
2) Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the Game One victory shows Atlanta has not quit on coach Larry Drew.
3) A random rumor snuck into the newstream late Friday. Ric Bucher, in a chat on ESPN.com, suggested Orlando will trade Dwight Howard this summer rather than risk losing him to free agency. He also said Howard's free agency decision is down to Los Angeles or New Jersey. He, of course, does not cite anyone (not even unnamed sources) in this reporting. Game One certainly provided a pretty bleak future as Orlando looks farther away from winning than ever.
4) Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook breaks down how the Hawks defended Dwight Howard in Game One.
5) Dwight Howard hates losing... especially to the Hawks, writes Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
6) ESPN analyst Bruce Bowen still believes the Magic will win the series.