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  1. Video: Vintage Carmelo Anthony night gets Knicks win

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    That was vintage Carmelo Anthony Monday night. His team needed a win and he put up 39 points hitting shots with a man in his face all night. He controlled the offense and the game in the second half. Watch the video. The flip side is he shot a pedestrian 46.1 percent, he took the…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Ugly or not, Knicks and Pacers will take wins

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while you were stealing a 600-pound bronze moose statue… Knicks 113, Magic 106 (OT): The Kicks were desperate for a win. The Magic were without Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick which meant heavy doses of Gilbert Arenas (who was 1-of-7 from three). Dwight Howard fouled out. That meant a streak breaking win…

  3. Quote of the day: Van Gundy defends D’Antoni

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    “As a coach, you don’t worry about that stuff too much because it goes with the business and we all will face a lot of criticism at times. That’s the way it goes. The rest of us all know tha tMike’s a hell of a coach. In that profession, we all know how good Mike…

  4. Jameer Nelson to miss Knicks game with knee injury

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    According to Ken Berger of CBS, Gilbert Arenas will start at point guard for the Magic tonight in the place of Jameer Nelson, who is out with a sprained right knee. The Magic are playing on the road against the free-falling New York Knicks, who desperately need a win. Ronny Turiaf is also injured, which…

  5. Knicks’ tired legs leading to fourth-quarter collapses

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:52 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    It happened again Wednesday night — the Knicks had seized a lead with a 15-6 run just before halftime then solidified it with a 7-0 spurt early in the third quarter. They had a shot at a big win over Orlando. Then it fell apart, as it has so often lately for the Knicks. The Magic were…

  6. Orlando Magic growing NHL-style playoff beards

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Playoff beards are an NHL tradition — you let it go as long as your team stays alive. So by the finals the guys look like Canadians who opted to be lumberjacks rather than hockey players (oh he’s a lumberjack and he’s okay, he sleeps all night and he works all day). Now Orlando is…

  7. Jimmy Fallon challenges Dwight Howard to random object shooting contest

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Howard Free Throws

    I’ll admit it, we bought my toddler daughter one of those mini basketball hoops and I’ve spent time trying to shoot rocks, charcoal briquettes, golf balls and anything else I can get my hands on through it. Consider this the adult version of that — Jimmy Fallon and Dwight Howard trying to shoot Shamrock Shakes…

  8. Abdul-Jabbar says Howard has “blind spots” in his game

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is having a phenomenal season. The 25-year old center is scoring 3.3 more points per 40 minutes than he did a year ago, is the key player on one of the five best defenses in the NBA, is still a monster on the boards, and has a decent chance at winning his first…

  9. Video: Jameer Nelson’s game winning three for Orlando

    Mar 19, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

    Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic

    Orlando was in a dogfight, a defensive struggle with the reborn Denver Nuggets. We’ll we’re going to call it a defensive struggle, you could also call it night of the ugly offense with missed shots (both teams shot under 40 percent) and turnovers for everyone. Bottom line, it was 82-82 with 5.2 seconds left when…

  10. J.J. Redick’s MRI shows only abdominal strain, still out Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick has missed the last four games for the team, so they decided to have an MRI done and make sure his abdominal muscle strain really was only a strain. And it is, the MRI came back negative, reports Josh Robins of Orlando Sentinel (via twitter). Redick still will sit out Orlando’s…

  11. Dwight Howard went off again, must be on an MVP ballots

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    I don’t labor under the illusion that Dwight Howard is going to win the MVP. Derrick Rose seems to be pulling ahead in that race and if the Bulls keep winning (especially if they get the top spot in the East) he will be a deserving recipient. But Dwight Howard needs to be on the…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando tries to throw it away but still wins

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    What you missed while watching Wile. E. Coyote in 127 hours…. The latest beat down of the Heat, this time by the Thunder, was our game of the night. Magic 93, Bucks 89 (OT): The way the Magic played the end of regulation they are lucky to have won (and earned a playoff spout with…

  13. Players, David Stern find common ground: Stan Van Gundy annoys them

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    We’re looking for anything, any little sliver of hope we can find to help us believe that a lockout in the NBA is not inevitable. That somehow the owners and players can find some common ground. That David Stern and the players can sit down in a room and agree about something. Like they find…

  14. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

  15. Dwight Howard can still dunk with plenty of power

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    This dunk came just minutes into the Magic’s win over the Suns, but it pretty much sums up the game — Robin Lopez had no answer for Dwight Howard, and neither did any other Suns players. Including Marcin Gortat. Mostly just consider this a reminder that for all the steps to round out his game…

  16. David Stern wins war of words with Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

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    First Stan Van Gundy said he wasn’t allowed to have an opinion on Dwight Howard’s technical because David Stern is essentially a Middle Eastern dictator in terms of allowing a diversity of opinion. Stern shot back that he wasn’t going to talk to Van Gundy but would speak to Orlando Magic management about Van Gundy’s…

  17. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  18. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Fantastic blog post at Magic Basketball about measuring teams against expectation and narrative. Dwyane Wade surprised the Lakers and Kobe Bryant by going away from screen at a key point last night. Except he does that a lot. Stephen Jackson says he’ll play Friday. OF course, he said that a couple days ago and it…

  19. David Stern sends not so subtle message to Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    Stan Van Gundy called NBA Commissioner David Stern a dictator. In so many words. He said Stern does not allow a diversity of opinions or people to express their thoughts. Stern is not amused. Hence his comments on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show Thursday. “I would just render a guess that we’re not going to…

  20. Appreciating Ryan Anderson and in turn, Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    Lost in the Rashard Lewis-Gilbert Arenas shuffle was an interesting development: Ryan Anderson, a young player (though one not exactly exploding with potential) still on his rookie deal, had a ready-made offensive game that could essentially make Lewis replaceable. Anderson isn’t capable of matching all of Lewis’ strengths — he still has a ways to…

  21. Stan Van Gundy defends Dwight Howard, invites fine from Stern

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    That’s going to cost Stan Van Gundy. He probably thinks it’s money well spent. Monday, before Dwight Howard sat out the Magic’s loss due to a suspension for his 16th technical of the season, Magic coach Van Gundy came to Howard’s defense. Van Gundy went with the argument that has been used for Shaq, Kareem,…

  22. It’s official, Dwight Howard suspended game for 16th technical

    Mar 5, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    We told you last night this was coming, today the NBA league office worked on Saturday to make it a reality. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Monday’s Magic game against the Trail Blazers after picking up his 16th technical foul this season, announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President and disciplinarian. League rules call…

  23. Video: Dwight Howard is stronger than the Bulls

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Dwight Howard has developed a nice arsenal of post moves. But his best asset remains that he is just stronger than you. Which Omer Asik learned the hard way. Asik played a good game overall — his defense and 13 boards were a key part of the Bulls win — but on this play he…

  24. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

  25. Stan Van Gundy, no fan of team buyouts

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Boston picked up Troy Murphy. Miami picked up Mike Bibby. Chicago picked up Rasual Butler. Three of the four teams considered contenders in the East picked up a veteran for their bench that was bought out at the deadline by another team. Orlando stood pat. Want to guess what Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando…

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