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Orlando Magic News for April 1st: Playoff Minutes, Dwight Howard's MVP Candidacy and Defense, Tracy McGrady's Desire to Return, and More

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  • Van Gundy: Minutes may go up for some – Orlando Magic BasketBlog

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy plans to give his players some extended minutes down the stretch of the regular season, as opposed to resting them for the playoffs.

    Even with the season winding down into a playoff push, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said after Thursday’s shootaround in Dallas that he might be increasing the playing time for some of his players instead of cutting back.

    Van Gundy said there will be "some games where we play them big minutes."


    The Magic have launched this website as part of their campaign to support Dwight Howard's bid for the Most Valuable Player award.

  • All-Defense team: You gotta see it to believe it

    John Schuhmann of names his All-Defense team. Unsurprisingly, Howard mans the pivot on the first team, with these credentials on his resume:

    With Howard patrolling the middle, the Magic allow the fewest points in the paint in the league. They also rank sixth in keeping their opponents off the free-throw line. Howard is a center who has learned how best to apply his size and athleticism, making it much easier for the rest of the team to defend the perimeter. Simply, Howard is the most important defensive presence in the league.

  • Knicks' McGrady would welcome return to Orlando -

    Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that former Magic swingman Tracy McGrady, currently of the New York Knicks, will be interested in joining the Magic during this summer's free-agency period. McGrady hails from nearby Auburndale and is the Magic's third all-time leading scorer. Rumors circulated earlier this year that GM Otis Smith was interested in trading for him, and Tim Povtak reported the day Smith traded for Vince Carter that McGrady was another of Smith's targets.