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1) The Magic lost a member of its fan family recently when longtime season ticketholder Mike Janesczek passed away. As Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel relates, Janesczek turned Magic games into a family event and it truly became part of the community he lived in.
2) For the Magic to find more success this year, they have to reverse one disturbing statistic. Orlando has the worst point differential in the league in first quarters, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
3) with the Suns shifting their lineup around, Paola Boivin of AZCentral asks are the Suns trying to win now or build for the future?
4) Balance can be a really good thing. That is, unless neither the starters nor the bench is scoring. That is what happened to the Suns in a loss to the Clippers yesterday afternoon, Paul Coro of AZCentral writes. One player who did play well off the bench was Michael Beasley who had 21 points as Alvin Gentry tries to move Beasley around and tinker with his rotation.
5) A 3-2 West Coast swing would be more than symbolic for the Magic, it would be a big confidence booster for this young squad. That makes this team hungry for a win tonight in Phoenix, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
6) Jameer Nelson admitted he let some of the officials calls in Sacramento get to him and it affected his play, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.