CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26: Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball upcourt during fourth quarter action against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the 4-game sweep. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
Mickael Pietrus says he will play in Tuesday’s Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks – Orlando Magic BasketBlog
Orlando Magic small forward Mickael Pietrus, who sprained his left ankle during practice Sunday evening, also sat out of practice today. But he promised today that he will play in tomorrow's series opener against the Atlanta Hawks. Orlando will need Pietrus' ace perimeter defense on Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson and top reserve Jamal Crawford.
Atlanta Hawks could follow the Charlotte Bobcats’ blueprint regarding Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Hawks head coach Mike Woodson plans to enlist little-used backup center Jason Collins "for sure" to help handle Dwight Howard on the interior. Howard scored 21.0 points per game against the Hawks in the regular season, so containing him is a priority.
Interview with Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post, Part II | Magic Basketball
Here's the second half of my q-and-a exchange with Eddy. It's my turn to answer questions in this installment.
2010 NBA playoffs: Round 2 heavily favors teams with home-court advantage - ESPN
John Hollinger of ESPN Insider says that the NBA's second-round matchups won't be too interesting if recent history is any indication. Of the Magic's upcoming series with the Hawks, he writes, "I would strongly suggest the Hawks win the opener Tuesday, especially since that's probably their best shot to steal one given the rust Orlando should have from an eight-day layoff."
Hoopinion: Long Two-Point Jumpers As Team Identity
Bret LaGree of Hoopinion says the disparity between the number of long two-pointers the Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic attempt highlights the larger philosophical differences between the two clubs.
2010 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0 - Ridiculous Upside
Ridiculous Upside's first NBA Mock Draft has the Magic selecting South Florida guard Dominique Jones 29th overall.
Amway Arena, Home of the Orlando Magic - Stadium Reviews and Sports Travel Community at stadiumjourney.com
Paul Swaney of Stadium Journey reviews the Amway Arena.