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(6-1) vs. (5-2)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN, Sun Sports
Line: Orlando by 1
Tickets: $64-$575 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 8 in Chicago; March 19 in Orlando
1) John Hollinger of ESPN.com is not quite sold on the Magic despite some strong play from Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard. The reason? The team's defense is not quite up to par yet.
2) Derrick Rose tells Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times that his injured left elbow is still sore, but is better and should not prevent him from playing tonight. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports Rose will play and also has some other notes from this morning's shootaround. In other injury news, Richard Hamilton is questionable for tonight's game, reports Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.
3) Unlike the NFL's Chicago Bears, Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times writes the Bulls are prepared if Rose were to go down.
4) Glen Davis has struggled mightily at the beginning of this season and Stan Van Gundy and Davis are trying to get on the same page and clarify Davis' role. One sign of Big Baby's struggles comes in Davis' shot selection. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel examines the difference in his shot selection with Boston to so far this year.
5) You can add the Knicks to late-game suitors for Dwight Howard. Rumor has it the Knicks are beginning to open up to the idea of trading Amar'e Stoudemire to the Magic for Howard, hoping to convince Howard to re-sign even though the Knicks are not on Howard's list.
6) Nate Drexler of MagicBasketball.net asks the important question of Magic players: What is your favorite Rashard Lewis memory?
7) The easy part of the schedule is over now. Tonight's game against Chicago tips off a difficult stretch for the Magic.
8) There are concerns with the amount of minutes some of Chicago's bigger names are playing in the early part of the season.
9) Nate Drexler of MagicBasketball.net asks Magic players what it means to have the All-Star Game in their home court.
10) A misuse of some Icy Hot left Quentin Richardson with a chemical burn on his foot. Richardson's status for tonight's game is uncertain.