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  1. Dwight Howard likely for Monday night as Magic gets over flu

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

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    It looks like the Magic will be nearly back on their feet Monday night after a stomach virus left the team on its back — or more accurately, kneeling over a toilet — for the past week. Stan Van Gundy said that Dwight Howard was taking IV fluids Monday and the coach was “optomistic” he…

  2. Heat grants 8-year-old boy belated birthday wish

    Dec 4, 2010, 7:46 PM EST

    LeBron James,  Dwayne Wade, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Carlos Arroyo

    Christian Lambert is one happy boy tonight. Lambert for his eighth birthday gift didn’t want the Lego Star Wars for Wii (which is crazy, I want that) — he wanted to go see the Miami Heat play. So his parents splurged and bought him tickets to go see the Heat take on the Orlando Magic…

  3. Flu bug leaves Magic looking sick

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Just like the invading aliens in H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds,” nothing has been able to stop the Orlando Magic — except a flu bug. Tonight, while the Magic are in Milwaukee taking on the Bucks, Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, JJ Redick and Mickael Pietrus will all be back in Orlando trying to recover…

  4. Dwight Howard can still block shots like nobody else

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

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    The Orlando Magic have the best defense in the NBA. They are giving up just 97.4 points per 100 possessions so far. That shouldn’t be a surprise, they have been at or near the top of the league for years. It is why they are contenders (if the offense will help out just a little…

  5. Magic talking trade for Gilbert Arenas; Wizards deny it

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

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    UPDATE 5:18 pm: Wizards owner Ted Leonis shot down this trade rumor, telling the Washington Post that there was no truth to it. “The team is trying to rebuild and Gilbert is one of the leaders on the team,” Leonsis wrote. “Gilbert is the best player on the team right now…. It isn’t true. I…

  6. Magic sending Daniel Orton to the D-League

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:54 AM EST

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    This one should have been expected. The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton out of Kentucky knowing that he wasn’t going to contribute right away — this was all about potential. He needed some seasoning and conditioning. Then Orton needed knee surgery before the season and missed training camp rehabilitating. So now the Magic are about…

  7. Everything about Dwight Howard’s free throws is wrong

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:54 PM EST

    Howard Free Throws

    Dwight Howard is a bad free throw shooter. We all know this. Howard is a career 59.6% free throw shooter, and this season Howard is only making 53.8% of his free throws. If you’ve watched any Magic games this season, you know that Dwight now takes a really, really long time to shoot his free…

  8. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

  9. Report: Magic still looking to make blockbuster move

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EST

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    The Orlando Magic are 12-4. There are only two teams in the entire NBA with a better record. But the Magic would still blow it all up for another superstar — a Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul — according to Brian Schmitz in the Orlando Sentinel. Basically, you can ask for anyone not named Dwight…

  10. Stan Van Gundy, Eric Spoelstra fire back at Phil Jackson

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

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    Phil Jackson just loves doing what he did to the Heat yesterday, going on the radio in Chicago and lobbing a verbal hand grenade into their midst. As if they weren’t dealing with enough, now they can answer some questions about Pat Riley coming down from on high to take over the team. Stan Van…

  11. Vince Carter to sit Wednesday against Miami, JJ Redick to start

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

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    Things could have been a lot worse after Vince Carter said he felt a “sharp pain” in his knee the other night. He’s not expected to be out long. But he will be out Wednesday night against the Heat, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. JJ Redick will get the start in his place. That…

  12. Vince Carter’s MRI negative, game time decision Wednesday against Heat

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Vince Carter, Josh Childress, Garret Siler, Jared Dudley

    It didn’t look good when it happened. It didn’t sound good when Vince Carter described it as a “sharp pain” in his knee. But it turned out to be not that bad — an MRI of Vince Carter’s knee showed no structural damage and he is will be a game-time decision in Wednesday’s showdown with…

  13. Vince Carter leaves game feeling “sharp pain” in knee

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:14 AM EST

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    Vince Carter was one of the few Magic players attacking the basket against the San Antonio Spurs. He drove again with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter, made a spin-move layup, landed a awkwardly injuring his left knee and soon after left the game for good. No report yet on how severe the injury is,…

  14. Nobody understands Hedo Turkoglu’s trash talk

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Hedo Turkoglu is one of the NBA’ talkers — the guys who have a constant stream of trash talk going during a game. Except, nobody understands what Turkoglu is saying. Rashard Lewis talked about it with the Orlando Sentinel yesterday after the Magic blew Turkoglu’s Suns out of the building. “He was talking noise, talking…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The night of the living blowouts

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:48 AM EST

    Vince Carter, Josh Childress, Garret Siler, Jared Dudley

    What you missed while preparing for Guinness world record day… The Nuggets and Trail Blazers had he only entertaining game, so that’s the Game of the Night. Magic105, Suns 89: In the first quarter, the Suns turned the ball over on 30 percent of their possessions. That’s what happens when Steve Nash sits against a…

  16. Redick to miss game with back spasms

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:43 PM EST

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    According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick will miss tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies because of back spasms. The 26-year old Redick has struggled mightily this season; he is currently averaging only 4.4 points per game, and has made only 3 of his 25 three-point attempts so far.

  17. Dwight Howard still on the fence about extension

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:14 PM EST

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    With all the movings and goings on in free agency, every team has had concerns about their star moving on. The Magic are trying to get ahead of that speeding train by locking up Dwight Howard to a longterm extension. In years past, the only question about stars re-signing was if the team was willing…

  18. Stan Van Gundy promises to try and do something he will inevitably not do

    Nov 14, 2010, 2:39 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    With his team reeling after consecutive losses and trying to find their way back to dominance, Stan Van Gundy got desperate and turned to a measure of last resort. Not yelling. Before the Magic’s narrow 91-90 win over the New Jersey Nets, Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he planned on trying to ease off…

  19. Game of the night: When the Jazz are down 18, they have you just where they want you.

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EST

    Vince Carter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    A huge comeback in an NBA game — to pick a random number, let’s say from 18 points down — is not a one-sided exercise. That’s how fans see it, how coaches often see it. Stan Van Gundy looks at how Orlando lost to Utah 104-94 Wednesday night after leading by 18 and sees his…

  20. Avery Johnson just wants someone, anyone to be aggressive

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

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    We’ve picked up on a subtle theme in Avery Johnson’s talks to his team. Subtle like an Oliver Stone movie or a Metallica guitar riff. First he ripped the Nets as being basically tissue paper as they watched the tape of the team getting destroyed by the Heat (the day after they lost to the…

  21. Watch out, Dwight Howard has developed a jumper

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

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    We saw it on display a little opening night against the Wizards. Monday night in tight game against the Atlanta Hawks Howard went to it in the clutch, a little Duncanesque bank shot from 12 feet (he missed that one, but has made plenty this season). Dwight Howard has developed a little midrange jumper. Something…

  22. Game of the night: Orlando reminds Atlanta of the gap between the Hawks and the elite

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:02 AM EST

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    Last season, Orlando swept Atlanta right out of the playoffs. Then this summer, both teams essentially went with the status quo. So maybe we should not be surprised by Monday night’s outcome, a 93-89 Orlando victory. Except that the Hawks were off to a fast start, had a new coach, have been incorporating radical ideals…

  23. Jameer Nelson out, Vince Carter in for Magic tonight

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

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    Interesting game tonight for the Magic and Hawks — two teams with good records that aren’t drawing the love of the Heat and Celtics. Good test for both of them early in the season. But the Magic will again be without starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who is still not over the sprained ankle he…

  24. Stan Van Gundy has a hard position on a wet spot

    Nov 7, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    I imagine having Stan Van Gundy yell a you must be one of the most uncomfortable situations you can find yourself in. The high-pitched, hoarse wail, the effusive finger-pointing, the incredulous glare, all of it must be pretty unpleasant to deal with after a long night. To that end, let’s hope the operations crew at…

  25. Weird but true: Murder suspect arrested in VIP section during Bobcats-Magic game

    Nov 7, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

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    There are a bunch of ways to take this one. Scary, funny, bizarre, and the story is all three. So we’re going to try and tread those three lines, carefully. Let’s say you’re a murder suspect. In fact, you’re on video in a confrontation with a man who was shot twice in the back in…

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