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1) The Magic are surprising everyone and sit only three games from being .500, unbelievably. The Magic are not getting ahead of themselves, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes, but the goal is right there for the Magic to get before the new year begins.
2) Arron Afflalo says he is good to go and will play tonight after bruising his knee late in Saturday's game against Charlotte, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Afflalo, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio will all play tonight, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Love missed Saturday's game with the flu but said he is ready to go tonight, Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
3) Noam Schiller of MagicBasketball.net revisits the Glen Davis-Brandon Bass trade now that contexts have changed and salaries have virtually equaled.
4) Rubio though, playing in his second game since returning from ACL surgery in the offseason, will miss tomorrow night's game in Miami according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His return will be a gradual one with his minutes limited to around 18 minutes per game and he will be held out of back to backs for the moment, Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes.
5) Adding Ricky Rubio to the Wolves guard rotation gives Rick Adelman a ton of options at the guard spot and some tough decisions to make with who to play, Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes.
6) Ricky Rubio is indeed back, if you did not know.
7) J.J. Redick may be celebrating 3-pointers in a new way, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
8) Brandon Roy has been cleared to return to practice after November arthroscopic surgery, Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
9) Andrew Nicholson may hate his Christmas shirt, but the Christmas card from the Magic rookies is all kinds of awesome (h/t Brian Serra of Magic Basketball Online). John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com talked to Jameer Nelson for the back story behind the photo shoot.
10) Stop-n-Pop of Canis Hoopus recaps the first 21 games for the Wolves and where the team might be headed next.
11) A win tonight would give the Wolves their first five-game win streak since 2008-09.