Orlando Sentinel – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Technically, Dwight Howard needs to cool it
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel devotes the entirety of his Post-Game Post to the issue of Dwight Howard's technical fouls. Howard picked up his 15th T last night and is one technical away from a one-game suspension. I found this bit particularly insightful:
The other thing is this: Howard loves to have fun, and playing this way — in a constant battle with the refs — can’t be enjoyable.
A worthwhile read from a man who's covered all of Howard's professional career.
MAGIC: Denton: Magic-Heat Postgame Analysis (Full)
John Denton of Orlando Magic.com passes along this interesting quote from Vince Carter, who's become more of a playmaker lately. His dish to Rashard Lewis for three points gave Orlando a six-point edge with 28.4 seconds to play, effectively sealing victory for Orlando.
``I believe in Rashard because he’s proven through the years that he can make shots,’’ Carter said. ``I could care less about his supposed shooting slump from last week. I told Rashard if I drive and they leave you I’m going to pass you the darn ball and you had better shoot it.’’
Orlando Magic SF Mickael Pietrus said he could be out as much as a week after spraining his ankle Wednesday. - OrlandoSentinel.com
Schmitz reports that Mickael Pietrus will likely miss the next week's worth of games after spraining his left ankle two nights ago against the Spurs. Additionally, Pietrus missed one game last week due to a sore neck, which is still bothering him.
Miami Heat : Magic 108, Heat 102 | Sun-Sentinel.com
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has figured out what makes the Magic an exasperating matchup.
The confounding thing about playing the Magic is you can work so hard for two points on one end, and then Orlando comes down and effortlessly flicks in a 3-pointer on the other end.
Postgame Breakdown: Magic 108, Heat 102 (OT)
Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald writes that Carter's hanging jumper over Dorell Wright, from whom he drew a foul on the play as well, was the game's turning point. "You could tell that took the wind out of the Heat," he says
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
ESPN's Daily Dime highlights Dwyane Wade's concise thought about last night's game.
"We threw every punch we had at them. They came back and countered it."
Heat rally, then fall to Magic in OT, 108-102 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
In his game story, Winderman writes that Heat starting point guard Carlos Arroyo sat out down the stretch despite his solid offensive production due to his inability to contain Jameer Nelson.