Game 1: Atlanta Hawks @ Orlando Magic


The playoffs are finally here. The Orlando Magic will kick off the 2011 postseason by hosting the Atlanta Hawks.

The game will be shown nationally on ESPN locally on Sun Sports. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

Tip off from the Amway Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.

The Line: Orlando – 8.5, 179.5u

Starters:

Atlanta Hawks

Jason Collins
Al Horford
Josh Smith
Joe Johnson
Kirk Hinrich

Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard
Brandon Bass
Hedo Tukoglu
Jason Richardson
Jameer Nelson

J.J. Redick (abdomen) is listed as a game-time decision.

Update: Redick WILL play tonight.

The officials will be Scott Foster, Derrick Collins and Ron Garretson.

Complete Series Schedule

Magic Resources:

Limiting the impact of Jason Collins on Dwight is the key to advancement. Seriously.
Q&A With Soaring Down South
Series Preview
Magic Basketball Online
MagicBasketball.Net
Orlando Magic Daily
Orlando Pinstriped Post
OrlandoMagic.com
Orlando Magic Basketblog (Orlando Sentinel)

Hawks Resources:

Hoopinion
Peach Tree Hoops
Soaring Down South
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Hawks Blog

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and ESPN 1080′s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

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