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Bill France Jr. passed away today at his home in Daytona Beach, yet the Orlando Magic coaching fiasco still dominates ESPN and the Orlando Sentinel. Only The Daytona Beach News-Journal has an equal amount of space dedicated to the two lead stories, which in itself is somewhat of a miracle. France Jr. did more for NASCAR than the Magic, or Billy Donovan for that matter, could ever do for the NBA. Yet, the announcement of his death is simply another lead to another story on home pages dominated by the Orlando Magic coaching debacle. The Magic news is so twelve hours ago, give the man the headline he deserves. *Update: Sentinel finally updates homepage to push France story to lead.
The Indiana Pacers did their part tonight, helping out the Orlando Magic reach the playoffs by losing to the New Jersey Nets. All the Magic have to do today is beat the Boston Celtics at the Amway Arena. Let's go Magic!
According to ESPN.com, Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely after having an emergency appendectomy done last night. So, obviously he will be out tonight against the Magic.
The game was so bad last night that we make bad teams look good. Take a look at the recap on NBA.com. The artile is titled, "Hornets’ Stifling Defense in OT Slows Magic". Ouch. I'm not sure what game they were watching, but it wasn't the Hornets' defense that slowed the Magic. The Magic's inability to run the offense late in the game is what slowed the Magic to a crawl. Seriously, had it ever crossed your mind that Dwight Howard and Darko Milici would go 2 of 4 from the free-throw line just to get the Magic in OT?