Links To The Present: March 21, 2011

March 21st, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“J.J. Hickson and Samardo Samuels had their work cut out for them in the paint on the just-completed three-game West Coast trip, and it won’t get any easier when All-Star center Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic visit The Q on Monday night.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“Following Monday morning’s shootaround, Davis could be found in the middle of Cleveland Clinic courts working with the team’s current starting shooting guard Alonzo Gee as the two men went through Gee’s responsibilities if and when the Wine and Gold opt to double-team Dwight Howard.” [Scott Sargent]

“Not everything about the NBA is Fantastic. It is truly amazing that the NBA has led us down this path where “superstar” calls are not only common knowledge, but are an accepted part of the game for fans. From Larry Bird and Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James, it is just one of those things that NBA fans have come to accept.  Only in periods like the Cavs have had before and after James does it seem particularly unfair.” [Craig Lyndall]

“Despite their 44-26 overall record – which has the Magic practically locked in as the Eastern Conference’s No. 4 seed – Orlando is just 4-8 this season on Mondays, making it the only day of the week where the Magic have a sub-.500 mark.” [Sam Gardner]

Injury notes for tonight’s game against the Magic: Baron Davis is doubtful, Gilbert Arenas is questionable, and J.J. Redick is out.

On The Twitters

“Without naming names, Byron Scott said he saw a few guys playing in the tourney yesterday that could ‘help’ the #Cavs.” [Scott Sargent]

“If Ryan Hollins can play in the NBA, so can __________” [Joe Lull]

“Nothing good happens when Harrison Barnes puts the ball on the floor which is one of the reasons why I dont think he’s all that good.” [Michael A. Young]