(25-25) vs. (14-36)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Blazers by 3.5
Tickets: $6-$877 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Lost 125-119 in Portland on Jan. 7; Tonight in Orlando
1) Jacque Vaughn will not know whether J.J. Redick will be able to go tonight until much closer to tip off, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. As of 5 p.m., he still had not announced his decision tot he media.
2) Yes, the "T" word is already being bandied about. Tanking is coming and Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel is perfectly OK with that.
3) The latest J.J. Redick trade rumor has several Central Division teams aiming for the Magic guard. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports the Pacers and Bulls are trying to get the Magic sharpshooter and Marc Stein adds the Bucks to the list. If the Bucks are serious, Brian Serra of Magic Basketball Online has a few ideas to ponder.
4) Terry Stotts had to piece together his coaching staff quickly, including hiring last year's interim coach Kaleb Cannales. What he has found, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian writes, is that he has a pretty strong group of assistants.
5) Jameer Nelson celebrated his birthday on Saturday by bringing his son, Jameer Jr., to practice. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has the story on Jameer Jr.
6) Our good friend Adam Papageorgiou of Magic Basketball Online was at shootaround this morning and has pregame sound from Jacque Vaughn, Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson.