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Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called last night's victory over the Utah Jazz "One of the best wins I've ever been a part of. Like most everyone else in Orlando, I'll have to take Stan's word for it, because I wasn't able to watch it on television. One of Orlando's best wins in recent history, and Bright House Networks customers weren't able to see it. What a shame.
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I would have love to have seen Marcin Gortat tally 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks in his first NBA start. I would have loved to have seen the Magic score 18 of the first 20 second-half points. I would have loved to have seen Brian Cook drill three three-pointers off the bench. I would have loved to have seen Rashard Lewis shut down a late Jazz rally, with a turnaround jumper over the stronger Paul Millsap in the lane and a follow-up dunk off a Hedo Turkoglu miss.
Of course, last night's game was hardly the first one unavailable to most Orlando cable subscribers over the last two seasons. I could have gone with this storyline in any number of previous games. I'm mentioning it now, though, because it's becoming increasingly apparent that the spat between Bright House and FSN Florida isn't going to get resolved in a timely fashion, which in turn means most Magic fans won't get to watch the team late in the season, when FSN has most of the games. This season is shaping up to be a special one. Too bad we can't, you know, see it.
For more coverage, I'll refer you to the Salt Lake Tribune, which is questioning Jazz coach Jerry Sloan's reluctance to call timeouts or to play super-sub Andrei Kirilenko; and, on a meta-note, to Bright Side of the Sun, which rather enjoyed the Magic's third-quarter blasting of the Jazz because it, well, makes me look foolish. Well played, Phoenix Stan. Well played.