For Dwight Howard, 13 (technicals) is the lucky number
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel updates us on Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard's technical foul situation. The league mandates a one-game suspension when a player reaches 16 technical fouls.
Howard picked up a tech in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but as we know now, it turned out to be his 13th, not his 14th. So, Howard can compile two more techs over the Magic’s 18 remaining regular-season games without receiving a suspension.
At his current rate of one technical every 170 minutes, and at his current average of 35 minutes played per game, Howard will get rung up for his 16th technical on April 9th against New York, which would sideline him for the April 11th game at Cleveland.
A huge win against L.A.!!!
Howard blogs that the Magic "just got to maintain our intensity and close out the regular season with a hot streak" in the wake of yesterday's game. He does not mention the technical foul he drew.
Matt Barnes on Kobe: "If you let him mentally get you, you don’t have a chance"
Tania Ganguli spoke with Matt Barnes regarding his tough play in yesterday's win over L.A.
The Magic have announced, via a press release, that their players will wear "El Magic" shooting shirts prior to Thursday's game against Chicago, "[i]n celebration of Hispanic heritage and in honor of our Latino fans and their incredible contributions to the entire community." The shirts look like this and will be available for purchase at www.orlandomagicshop.com.
NBA Playoff Matchup Matrix
Tom Ziller of NBA FanHouse previews the NBA playoffs by presenting each team's record against every possible in-conference foe, which highlights potential upsets and matchup advantages.
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Magic SF Matt Barnes, the Kobe agitator, can leave after the season as a free agent.
UPDATE (from Eddy): Brian Schmitz reports that Matt Barnes wants to stay in Orlando.
"I'm in my eighth year now, and I've had an amazing, up-and-down, roller-coaster career up to this point. Hopefully, the team, the organization and the city likes what I bring. Hopefully, we can make something happen." [...]
Barnes said that Orlando "is definitely my first choice," adding that he and his family "love everything about Orlando. So if something fair comes across the table …"
Orlando Magic notebook: Dwight Howard has more breathing room on technical fouls than previously thought
UPDATE 2 (from Eddy): Head coach Stan Van Gundy comments on Marcin Gortat's value.
Barnes Fires Back at Kobe, Odom
UPDATE 3 (from Eddy): Barnes responds to comments made by Lamar Odom.
"I'm not going to sit here and get into a name-calling battle with someone. The Lakers are where we want to go,'' Barnes said. "If that's what you do when you get to top, that's what you do, talk crap. It doesn't matter to me. We're going to be there at the end."