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  1. Atlanta Hawks head home… is that an advantage?

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta is just an apathetic sports town. Always has been. I’m not going to try to explain it — Atlanta native Kevin Arnovitz laid it out better than I ever could hope to, and he doesn’t have all the answers — but I am here to pass along this tidbit: The Atlanta Hawks return home…

  2. Gilbert Arenas no longer the backup point guard for Magic. Probably.

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    During the regular season, guys get minutes for all kinds of reasons that have nothing at all to do with their performance — guys with big contracts get run they no longer merit because the GM demands it, or young players are out on the court longer as they get on the job training. But…

  3. Magic fans launch StayDwight.com

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    And the campaign has begun. Well, really the campaign to keep Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic began when Otis Smith made sweeping changes looking to upgrade the Magic roster this season by bringing in Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas. Seeing how well that worked, some Magic fans have launched a Web Site — StayDwight.com…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta out to prove Game 1 wasn’t a fluke

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich

    The conventional wisdom about Game 1 of this series misses the point. As our own Matt Moore pointed out, what Atlanta did to the Magic was what teams used to do to Michael Jordan, what teams have tried to do to Steve Nash in recent years — let him score, make him a shooter. Don’t…

  5. “White Chocolate” Jason Williams calls it a career

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, George Hill, Jason Williams

    Few guys had a career that involved as much transformation as Jason Williams. He was a high school teammate of Randy Moss who was suspended and eventually kicked off his college team at Florida. He entered the NBA all flash — ridiculous passes (like the legendary elbow pass from the Rookie Game) and wild moves,…

  6. Orlando loss casts shadow over Dwight Howard’s future

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Magic fans don’t want to draw the line connecting the dots. You can’t blame them. But the loss to Atlanta seemed to move those dots toward being in a straight line. And if things don’t change Dwight Howard could connect them himself and devastate the Orlando franchise. The starting point is here: every time Dwight…

  7. Dwight Howard named Defensive Player of Year. Again.

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks' Etan Thomas (36) during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Orlando, Fla

    UPDATE 1:33 pm: It’s official, Dwight Howard has a three-peat as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. “I want to thank my teammates for allowing their men to get to the basket again, forcing me to block shots and pick up fouls, and sometimes technical fouls,” Howard joked at the press conference. Or half…

  8. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  9. How they win it all — path to the ring for the top seeds

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

    Lakers Ring Ceremony Basketball

    Boston’s Glen Davis has a great name for it: The Campaign for Champagne. This year more than any other in recent memory, the path to the championship seems open for a number of teams. The Lakers have the last two titles, but they are flawed, inconsistent and often bored. Boston and San Antonio are old, Chicago and…

  10. How they can win it all: The Orlando Magic

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    I’m going to get a few jokes out of the way before we start this, okay? I want to give the Magic their due. I do. And I will. I just have to get a few of these out of the way. See, I’ll even use bullets to keep it short. How the Magic can…

  11. PBT’s NBA playoff previews — the first round

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    There is going to be a first-round upset. One of the top four seeds somewhere — probably in the deep Western Conference, but Boston may be a little nervous — is going to get beat. To help you better understand what is about to happen this weekend, we present ProBasketballTalk’s NBA Playoff previews for the…

  12. NBA Playoff Preview: Orlando vs. Atlanta

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:53 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Magic: 52-30 (No. 4 seed) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Hawks 3-1 KEY INJURIES Magic: J.J. Redick, missed 16 straight games with an abdomen issue but is expected back for playoffs; Gilbert Arenas’ knees are, well, still Gilbert Arenas’ knees, but more days off in playoffs should help him; Daniel Orton is…

  13. We’ve got your Eastern Conference playoff schedule right here

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony stands near Celtics' Pierce in third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Earlier today we teased you with just the first games from the Eastern Conference playoffs — giving you time to rearrange your book club meeting Sunday night so as not to miss the Knicks and Celtics. Now, here are the full scheduled dates for the first round. However, the times on some of these games…

  14. Video: Dwight Howard’s ally-opp on Jrue Holiday’s head

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Dwight Howard said as he started to take off he told Jrue Holiday not to jump. Their both Adidas guys, Howard didn’t want to embarrass him. Howard was going to throw down a monster dunk and he knew it. All credit to Holiday for trying, for getting back on defense and making the effort to…

  15. Bulls barely, and we mean barely edge Magic without Dwight Howard

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Orlando Magic

    Bulls 102 Magic 99. This was a fantastic ballgame that will be overshadowed by narratives about the MVP. The questions will be about how the Magic nearly beat the Bulls with Dwight Howard spending a one-game suspension for hitting 18 techs, and what that says about Howard’s MVP candidacy. The other side will respond with…

  16. Magic’s Quentin Richardson suspended two games

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Quentin Richardson, Left, Grabs The Face Of Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson, Rear, As Kwame Brown,

    Orlando did some bargain shopping, stopping by the two-for-one suspension sale the NBA League Office was throwing. Orlando’s Quentin Richardson has been suspended two games for a two-and shove to the face of Jason Richardson in the fourth quarter Wednesday night. He will sit out Sunday against Chicago and Monday against the 76ers, the league…

  17. Dwight Howard’s technical upheld, suspended for Sunday

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    So that big Bull against Magic game for Sunday just got a lot less interesting. Dwight Howard’s technical for throwing the ball Wednesday after being called for a foul for shooting slow free throws has been upheld by the league. He is suspended from Sunday’s game because this is his 18th technical this season. Players…

  18. Quentin Richardson ejected from Magic-Bobcats game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    RICHARDSON_QUENTIN

    From the AP: Orlando forward Quentin Richardson has been ejected from the Magic’s game at Charlotte after hitting the Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson in the face with both hands in a scuffle along the baseline. Henderson was trying to dribble out of pressure early in the fourth quarter of a tight game Wednesday night when Richardson…

  19. Dwight Howard gets technical (and suspension) for slow free throws

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard likely will be suspended for Sunday’s big showdown game against the Chicago Bulls because he takes to long with his free throws. Seriously. Let me explain. First, Howard already has 17 technical fouls this season. For the 16th and every other one after it a player gets a suspension. Howard has served one…

  20. If you believe in the Orlando Magic, just clap your hands

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!” —J.M. Barrie, from The Adventures of Peter Pan. Apparently, the Orlando Magic work on the same principles as fictional fairies like Tinkerbell. They’ll die if you don’t believe in them. There’s plenty of cynicism around the Orlando Magic and…

  21. Dwight Howard’s jump shot is solid, thank you very much

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard’s game has evolved. There was a time when it was fair to criticize him for having nothing but power moves. Those days are gone. Now Howard has a bag of tricks to reach into and it shows as he uses a team high 27.1 percent of the possessions but still has a high…

  22. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is a bit of a perfectionist, and this Magic team frustrates him. Read into that whatever you want about his future. Nenad Kristic says the injury and time away was tough for him. Tom Sanders was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday. If you just said “who?” then read this. The…

  23. Otis Smith will not consider trading Dwight Howard, no matter what

    Apr 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Otis Smith talked to the Orlando Sentinel Friday night and gave what could commonly be considered the GM’s equivalent of “famous last words.” Dwight Howard‘s  a free agent in 2012. He’s made it pretty clear he’s going to enter free agency, while playing the oh-so-tactful play of “I love Orlando, I just want to win…

  24. Bobcats Stephen Jackson, Tyrus Thomas likely out Friday

    Mar 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Charlotte remains one game back but tied in the loss column with Indiana for the final playoff spot in the East, and with that the honor of getting crushed in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. Stephen Jackson, Charlotte’s leading scorer, will miss Friday’s game against Orlando due to a hamstring that continues to…

  25. Dwight Howard says Magic are tired, need some days off

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Boston is slumping as they try to get guys healthy for the playoffs. San Antonio has lost four straight as guys sit trying to get healthy and rested for the playoffs. Dwight Howard looked around the Orlando locker room after his team lost to Atlanta Wednesday and told the Orlando Sentinel maybe there is something…

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