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Orlando Magic News for April 6th: Goals, Free Agency, and All-Defense Chatter

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  • Orlando’s Remaining Goals | Howard the Dunk

    Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk catches up with Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Here's how he's approaching the final five games of the regular season:

    There’s always something to play for, plus you’re playing to get better and improve and everything else.

    The Magic are indeed gunning for the L.A. Lakers for the NBA's second overall record, which would give the Magic homecourt advantage in a potential NBA Finals rematch.

  • Magic's resurgence in the East is anything but an illusion for Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA Insider

    UPDATE (this bullet only): Highly respected Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst urges Cavs fans not to take the Magic lightly.

    [R]egardless of what happens in the Western Conference playoffs, the Magic are still likely the biggest hurdle between the Cavs and their first-ever championship.

    Hat tip: OPP member nowuseemenowudont

  • Top 50 2010 NBA Free Agents -- NBA FanHouse

    Tom Ziller of NBA FanHouse lists Magic guard J.J. Redick 22nd on his ranking of the 2010 Free Agent class. Which sort of teams will Redick attrack this summer? Those "looking for an under-control Nate Robinson," says Ziller.

  • John Hollinger: All-Defense teams - ESPN

    John Hollinger of ESPN.com (subscription required) names Magic center Dwight Howard the Defensive Player of the Year, calling him "easily the cream of the crop" among all current NBA players. No other Magic player so much as received an honorable mention in Hollinger's All-Defense selections.

  • Per a Magic news release, Orlando will clinch its third consecutive Southeast Division title with its next win or the Atlanta Hawks' next loss. Put another way, the only way the Magic won't win the division is if they lose the rest of their games and the Hawks win all of theirs.