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By 10.20.07

The Cavs and Magic played each other again late last night in China. Dwight Howard started off killing Big Z from the opening tip, giving him lefty and righty hooks off the spin and posting him up easy. On Cleveland’s first possession Dwight swatted Z’s turnaround fadeaway, which is an impossible feat for 99 percent of the shot-blockers in the League … Everyone talks about Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing and how he’s helped Dwight’s development. But if Pat is good enough to have been hired by two NBA teams specifically to work with their superstar bigs (Yao in Houston, Dwight in Orlando), why isn’t his own kid — Georgetown senior Patrick Ewing — more polished in the post? … They’re not gonna try to make “The Little Emperor” into LeBron‘s regular nickname, are they? It’s not that hot … Play-by-play guy Rick Kamla: “There’s a big brain inside that big head of Adonal Foyle.” … Nice to see Stan Van Gundy getting the memo and going all-black. That schmedium jacket he had in the first Cavs/Magic game was atrocious … Garbage-time sightings: Hassan Adams and Darius Rice on the Cavs … Celtics/Nets was canceled at halftime due to condensation on the floor (a.k.a. melted ice from the minor-league hockey rink underneath the court). No word on whether they’ll replay the game, but it’s just the preseason, so surely no one really cares. (Sorry, Brandon Wallace and Mateen Cleaves) … Are we ever gonna see Shaq and Penny on the floor together again? Penny made his Miami debut last night (0 points in 23 minutes) against the Hornets, but Shaq sat it out. Whether Penny makes the Heat roster will probably depend on the injury situation, unless Pat Riley wants to keep him as an option on the wing in case Dorell Wright doesn’t pan out … Is D-Wade a future Hall of Famer? We know it’s early in the game, but that’s the point of projecting. We broke down his case yesterday … Bobby Jackson continues to outplay Mo Pete in the preseason for New Orleans, but even if B-Jax ultimately wins the starting SG spot, Mo Pete can wait until Jackson gets hurt and take it back. What are the odds of Jackson getting hurt? His games-played line since 2002 reads like this: 59, 50, 25, 71, 56 … And guess who’s already on the injured list? Peja. He couldn’t play last night due to back pain … Brandon Roy also made his debut as the Blazers smacked the Kings. Roy didn’t do much of note (9 pts), but Travis Outlaw (24 pts) and Martell Webster (17 pts) once again shined in a meaningless game. You know, Martell could be terrorizing the Pac-10 right at Washington right now instead of still trying to prove he’s an NBA player, but we’re not gonna tell anyone how to live … The League suspended Josh Howard for two regular season games after he stole on Brad Miller. J-Ho can play preseason games in the meantime, which is kinda like when a kid gets in trouble at school but has to go through the rest of the day knowing he’s toast when he gets home … Ricky Davis went for 19 points, 9 boards and 7 assists in a double-OT win over Indiana. When it became apparent Ricky was within triple-double range, everyone had to have been scrutinizing his moves to see if he was trying too hard for the stats … Our partner magazine, Bounce, is giving away a pair of kicks each day for the rest of the month. Today it’s the Nike Air Force 1 Specialists. Go to BounceMag.com to see how you can get that pair … By now you’ve seen the cover(s) of Dime #37, which you can pick up in stores and at newsstands next week. It’s not the first time for Dwight or Carmelo gracing our cover, which brings up the question: Of the players who have never appeared on a Dime cover, who deserves some cover love? Tell us your pick and why either in the comments section below or email us (smack@dimemag.com), and we’ll run some of the best answers in an upcoming issue.** The responses we get could determine who gets that next cover. And if you’re unfamiliar with our cover library, check it out here … We’re out like Peja …

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