It’s NBA Finals or bust for the Magic – En Fuego – Orlando Sentinel
Of this year's Orlando Magic, George Diaz asks, "Will anything less than an NBA title be construed as a failure?" His answer is "yes."
Tonight’s Orlando Magic playoff scenario is . . . – Orlando Magic BasketBlog
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic can learn their first-round playoff foe as early as tonight. If the Charlotte Bobcats lose to the New Jersey Nets or if the Miami Heat defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando will host Charlotte in the first round.
Matt Barnes: A Day In The Life
Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD spends the day with Magic forward Matt Barnes and learns that he'd like to return to Orlando next season. He's owed $1.6 million, but can opt out in order to seek more money on the market:
"Now I'm blessed for the opportunity to play for a real contender. I absolutely love it out here and they know I love it. I think the fans are really taking to me and my family and we hope to stay here for a long time. But I've learned, more than anybody, that this is a business and you can't hold emotion in it. The owner and the GM have to do what's best for the team. But now we kind of just cross our fingers."
After the jump, two quick Dwight Howard links.
MAGIC: Denton: Dwight's Superb Play Earns Him Honor
Magic center Dwight Howard garnered NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors today. John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has more on that story.
Basketball Prospectus | Every Play Counts: 2009-10 All-Defensive Teams
Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus names Howard to his All-Defensive First Team and gives him his Defensive Player of the Year award. Here's an eye-popping stat:
His dMult looks like a typo; opponents have been held an incomprehensible 41.4 percent below their usual production.
dMult stands for "Defensive Multiplier." Pelton has more on that stat here.