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1) With a week until the trade deadline, the Magic face an extremely difficult stretch of games against some of the NBA's best, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) Ken Berger of CBS Sports writes that it is coming down to the wire for the Magic and Dwight Howard -- nad it seems like neither side knows what Howard wants. Howard skirted around the issue of his future in his media availability in Chicago this morning, telling Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that he "want[s] to win" and "put [his] team in the best position to win."
3) John Schuhmann of NBA.com explains why the new collective bargaining agreement might change how teams approach the trade deadline.
4) Ryan Anderson and his Magic teammates are doing their best to completely ignore the Dwight Howard distractions, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
6) Nate Drexler of MagicBasketball.net writes the Magic can become a contender if they find some consistency and get hot in the Playoffs.
7) BlogABull takes a look at the merits of Derrick Rose's hero ball after his game-winning jumper against the Bucks last night. Sometimes hero ball works, Henry Abbott of TrueHoop points out. There probably was not any doubt when Rose released it after a frontcourt battle throughout the evening.
8) Steve Rosenblum of the Chicago Tribune is still trying to figure out why Dwight Howard doesn't want to join Derrick Rose in Chicago.
9) Stephen Jackson would like to play for the Bulls... but really he would just like to play after being buried on Scott Skiles' bench, Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago writes (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk).
10) Stan Van Gundy says the Magic have to slow down the Bulls' transition game to come out with a win tonight in Chicago, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
11) Chicago is going for its ninth straight win as the team welcomes Dwight Howard and the Magic to town, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes.
12) Tonight's game is on TNT, so of course the Chicago media had Dwight Howard imitate Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal.