Orlando Magic News & Notes: Magic Start Preseason 1-0

Dwight Howard was fantastic in game one of the preseason.

Howard finished with 19 points and made nine of his 14 shot attempts.

In the first quarter, he sank a pair of midrange jumpers, banking the ball softly off the glass. He also dribbled past immobile and rusty Yao Ming, deking right and driving left to complete an acrobatic reverse layup that brought Magic bench players to their feet.

“I thought Dwight was terrific all night,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He hit those two face-up bank shots. He put the ball on the floor. He was real good. I thought our post game in general was very good.”

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has that story here.

Rashard Lewis spent time at both forward spots.

One of the biggest question marks of this training camp has been what position Rashard Lewis will spend the bulk of his time playing last season. After the Magic were eliminated by the Lakers and the Celtics the past two seasons, Van Gundy has said that he wants to play Lewis more at the small forward position against teams with bigger front lines,

As expected, Lewis started the game at power forward – the position he’s played the previous three seasons in Orlando. But he switched to the small forward slot midway through the second quarter and went to work offensively. He twice scored easily in the post while matching up against Chase Budinger and Shane Battier and he buried a 3-pointer when the defense lost track of him. It’s the other end of the court that concerns Lewis the most when playing on the perimeter.

“I just have to continue to learn both spots in practice,’’ said Lewis, who started the second half at small forward while Ryan Anderson started at power forward. “My main focus is on the defensive end playing the three. The offense will be easy, well it will come to me, but my main focus is fighting over picks and screens.’’

John Denton offers his postgame analysis here.

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post takes a look at Rashard Lewis’ big game in his recap.

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel noticed Vince Carter has a lean, hungry look.

Phillip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily likes what he saw from the Magic offense.

Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball recaps the action here.

Robbins takes a closer look at basketball in Hidalgo, Texas.

Courtney Lee still has love for Orlando.

Josh Cohen and Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com take a look at the Southeast division.

Yao Ming played just 12 minutes in the game and his play against Dwight Howard was nothing to write home about, but that was expected.

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