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Time/TV: 6 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
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Season Series: Tonight in Miami; Dec. 21 in Orlando; Feb. 8 in Orlando; Feb. 19 in Miami; March 13 in Orlando; March 18 in Miami
1) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel provides his thoughts on the love fest that Saturday's open practice became. But from Howard's reaction, Schmitz concludes Howard no longer wants to be in Orlando. And if he doesn't want unconditional support from the fans, what does he want? Howard admitted to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com though that it was emotional to see the fans react with so much love for the superstar center.
2) One year after the trades that completely transformed the Magic's roster and the franchise's fortunes, it is clear the December 2010 trades were a failure Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
3) Stan Van Gundy tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard will start tonight. Glen Davis, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark will also see time as Van Gundy is trying to drive minutes up to prepare for the season. Like the Magic, the Heat are ready to get going, except for Shane Battier and Eddy Curry. Joel Anthony is likely to start.
4) Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel notes how strange it is that Pat Riley is not involved in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. After all, Riley played with Wilt Chamberlain, coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Patrick Ewing and acquired Shaquille O'Neal as a general manager.
5) The Heat Index crew talks about whether the Magic-Heat game will feature the three best players in the league and whether Dwight Howard will last to the last meeting between these two teams.
6) Brett David Roberts of the Yahoo! Contributor Network urges Otis Smith to be decisive and committ to a decision in trading or keeping Dwight Howard. The failure to keep Howard shows a consistent problem with the Magic -- they cannot surround their stars with consistent, quality talent.
7) For guys like Heat rookie Norris Cole, these preseason games are much more than preseason games Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald writes.
8) Earl Clark was back on the floor for the first time with the Magic since re-signing on Saturday and he tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that he is happy to be back and eager to get to work.
9) The Magic are finally ready to stop focusing on off-the-court issues and play a game. The truncated offseason reaches another challenge with these preseason games.
10) The Heat are one of the teams interested in pursuing Baron Davis once he is healthy and once he clears waivers, Ethan J. Skolnik of the Palm Beach Post writes.