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(1-2) vs. (3-1)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: Orlando by 11.5
Tickets: $19-$212 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 5 in Toronto; March 26 in Toronto
1) With no practice yesterday and no shootaround today, Jameer Nelson's status for tonight's game will not be known until about an hour and a half before tip-off. UPDATE: Nelson will play and start in tonight's game after going through the team's walk through this afternoon, Stan Van Gundy said.
2) Bryan Colangelo is on a mission to rebuild the Raptors, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe writes. It has been a long journey for Colangelo, but the general manager feels like he is close.
3) After another strong game Friday, Ryan Anderson may have just quieted any doubt about his place as the team's starting power forward, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
4) One place Dwight Howard does not want to leave? The court. Stan Van Gundy left Howard in for the entire second half after Howard gave him some flack for trying to get him a rest in the first half, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
5) Turnovers have been the biggest road bump for a young Raptors team in the early part of the season, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes.
6) Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk has 100 early season observations.
7) Sean Tepper of Raptors HQ notes that for the Raptors to match last season's success against the Magic, Toronto needs to actually stop Dwight Howard this time instead of letting him just dominate. Sam Holako of Raptors Republic had the chance to talk with Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball.net to preview today's game and the matchup.
8) Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes Texas point guard and Toronto native Myck Kabongo is a player to watch in 2012. The 19-year-old point guard has caught the eye of NBA scouts as the starter in Austin and represents the next wave of Canadian basketball players.
9) Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball.net takes a look at how Dwight Howard did a lot to deter the Bobcats at the rim in Friday's win. Unselfishness was the key to the Magic's success Friday night. It was one of those nights for the Bobcats where the team was simply outlcassed, DBWalker of Rufus on Fire writes.
10) Andrew Melnick of Howard The Dunk previews tonight's game, noting that the presence of Amir Johnson, Ed Davis and Jamal Maagloire have allowed Andrea Bargnani to play his natural power forward.