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(9-5) vs. (10-3)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: Magic by 5.5
Tickets: $15-$314 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 14 in San Antonio
1) Dwight Howard and Otis Smith tell the Orlando Sentinel that the Clippers have not been added to his list of preferred free agent or trade destinations. Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops said the Clippers are currently not on Dwight's list, but they could be if the three teams on Dwight's list don't free up the cap space to bring him in.
2) J.J. Redick tells Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel that this year's team could (emphasis on could) be the best team he has played on in six years with the Magic.
3) Gregg Popovich said his Spurs team folded when the Heat got physical in the second half of last night's disappointing loss at American Airlines Arena, Jeff McDonald of Spurs Nation writes. Buck Harvey of Spurs Nation writes Poppovich told his team what they needed to hear -- that the Heat embarrassed them.
4) The Magic overcame a sluggish effort to overtake the Bobcats thanks to a strong effort from Dwight Howard, Von Wafer and Glen Davis. It was not a pretty game, let's leave it at that. Dwight Howard did score 25 points and grab 17 rebounds though. Our good friend Andrew Melnick of Howard The Dunk also got video from Stan Van Gundy and Ryan Anderson following yesterday's game. Apparently sloppy is the new sexy.
5) I got the opportunity to exchange questions with Trevor Zickgraf of Project Spurs to preview tonight's game. Be sure to read what Trevor had to say about the Spurs and what I had to say about the Magic.6) Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wishes Dwight Howard were more like the intensely loyal and driven Tim Duncan.
7) The Magic pushing their win streak to six games and sweeping the back-to-back-to-back they are in would be an accomplishment, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes... or it might just mean they are 11-3.
8) Manu Ginobili's gritty performance at the 2002 World Championships in Argentina showed the U.S. what it needed to do to get back on top. The 20-man roster pool announced officially on Monday certainly has that passion to play and represent their country now, Jeff Monroe of Spurs Nation writes.
9) Danny Nowell of MagicBasketball.net examines the risk and reward of the various options Orlando has concerning Dwight Howard. And, despite a strong start to the season, he concludes it is probably still the right decision to trade him.
10) Speaking of trades, Andrew Bynum speaks very highly of Dwight Howard and how much development he has yet to make to reach Howard's level.
11) Tim Duncan might be getting a day off soon, Jeff McDonald of Spurs Nation writes. Chris Tommasson of FoxSports writes the same thing.
12) Andrew Sharp of SBNation writes what the Dwight Howard/Clippers rumors say about Blake Griffin.
13) When it comes to injuries, Nate Drexler of MagicBasketball.net asks if Stan Van Gundy is lucky, brilliant or both.
14) GreyBerger of Pounding the Rock calls the Magic and Spurs sister teams for their similar strategy and defensive mindset and calls for a close game in a clash of NBA titans.