Hi Friends! I hope you are doing well. Oh, your team lost this weekend? I’m sorry to hear that. Actually, not really…
Yes. You’re reading that correctly. That was the final score of an NBA game. Derrick Rose didn’t play again either. Congratulations on your decision Dwight. Everyone in Orlando likes you for a little bit longer now. Have fun.
The Magic scored 26 points in the second half. Dwight Howard had 18 points and Ryan Anderson had 10. Those were the only two players in double figures. Did I mention they were playing at home too?
The Bulls are playing great team defense right now and visibly wanted this game more than Orlando. During the broadcast Chris Webber theorized that the Magic had relaxed as a team now that they knew Howard was staying put another year. I agree with him. Those guys simply didn’t care last night. Orlando is now 1-3 since the trade deadline. There is a HUGE gap between 2nd and 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.
Suns at Heat (7:30): Phoenix is starting to make some noise in the Western Conference. They’ve won four straight, nine of their last eleven, and currently find themselves occupying the 8th and final playoff spot. The upcoming schedule doesn’t do Phoenix any favors though, as 12 of their next 15 games come on the road.
Miami is cruising along in 2nd place in the East, one game behind Chicago and three up on Orlando. The Heat are 19-2 at home, so the Sun’s road trip may get off to a rough start.
Miami was quiet at the trade deadline, but are still exploring options are players are being bought out. Derek Fisher’s name has surfaced as possible backcourt depth/experience for Miami and they will likely be looking to add another big man as well. Depth is extremely important in this condensed season and the Heat would like to rest the Big 3 down the stretch some to keep their legs fresh for the playoffs.
Knicks at 76ers (7:00 ESPN): The Knicks are 3-0 since
firing Mike D’Antoni resigned. Can Interim Coach Mike Woodson keep this team from falling apart again this year? They’re currently in 8th place, half a game up on Milwaukee. I think the Bucks are they only team than can legitimately challenge for the final playoff spot, so unless the wheels completely fall off (again), New York should hang on.
The 76ers have come back to earth after their hot start to the season, which is somewhat expected with such a young team. They’re currently in 4th place, but only 2.5 games separate them and 7th place Boston.
See you Thursday!