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(22-13) vs. (7-27)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: Magic by 8.5
Tickets: $14-$210 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Won 103-85 in Orlando on Jan. 4; Won 109-103 in Orlando on Feb. 1; Tonigh in Washington, D.C.; April 10 in Washington, D.C.
1) Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie wonders if Dwight Howard realizes that centers just do not sell in the NBA and his ideas of becoming an international star, even in Brooklyn, might just be a pipe dream.
2) Jameer Nelson is expected to play tonight after missing last Thursday's game against Atlanta, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Magic, themselves, will be looking to get back on the winning track.
3) The biggest challenge for the second half of the season is facing the distraction of Dwight Howard... again, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. At least the team is confident that it can reach its potential as Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard noted during All-Star Weekend.
4) Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld wonders if the Magic could assemble their own super team if Dwight Howard declines his early termination option.
5) Rany Wittman's surprise benching of several key players sent an important message to his struggling team, Michael Lee of The Washington Post writes. Still last night ended with a tough loss to Milwaukee. Seems like the team responded.
6) The guys over at MagicBasketball.net got together to discuss Dwight Howard's future with the Magic and his legacy with the franchise.
7) Golden State still wants in on the Dwight Howard fun and they might even help facilitate a Howard trade to New Jersey (h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post). Zach Lowe of The Point Forward writes the gambit is worth it for Golden State.
8) The Lakers know that Dwight Howard will not sign an extension, but John Ireland of ESPN.com reports that this is not deterring the Lakers (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk).
9) Zach Lowe of the Point Forward breaks down why it is unlikely Dallas could net both Deron Williams and Dwight Howard by showing how they might be able to do it (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk)
10) The Magic expect the Wizards to push the ball up the floor constantly tonight, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.