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Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
Game Three, Series Tied 1-1
Time/TV: Friday 8 p.m./ESPN2, FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 1.5
Tickets: $24-$1650 on TiqIQ
Playoff Series: Game 1- Hawks 103, Magic 93; Game 2- Magic 88, Hawks 82; Game 3- April 22 in Atlanta; Game 4- April 24 in Atlanta; Game 5- April 26 in Orlando
1) George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel writes Dwight Howard is more than worthy for the NBA's MVP award.
2) Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes generating hustle plays -- like the ones J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson did in the second and fourth quarters Tuesday -- could be the difference in this series with the Hawks. Regaining the heart and hustle mentality might show the identity crisis of this current team, George Diza of the Orlando Sentinel ponders. The trick, as John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes, is playing with that same sense of desperation in Game Three.
3) Philips Arena is notorious for being pretty empty during the regular season, but Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes the Hawks hope it can become a real homecourt advantage and a menace to the Magic in the postseason. Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes this could be the Hawks' window to capture the imagination of Atlanta sports fans.
4) Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wonders if Larry Drew was right to pull Al Horford for the entire first half after he picked up two fouls early in the first quarter.
5) Gilbert Arenas' role is very undefined after Hedo Turkoglu took over the backup point guard position in Game Two, Sam Gardner of Fox Sports Florida writes. As Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel sees it, the Arenas acquisition might be worse than Grant Hill.
6) Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel lays out his keys for Game Three.
7) Craig Lyndall of Waiting for Next Year shares some friendly advice with Magic fans concerning Dwight Howard (courtesy of Cleveland.com).
8) Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post digs into Orlando's shooting numbers, which are starting to resemble a batting average more than field goal percentage. Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk says to expect Orlando's shooting to improve as the series moves on.
9) Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel discoveres the Magic have one of the highest payrolls by one measure in all of sports.