Orlando at Philadelphia, 7:30 ET -- The AP reports: Dwight Howard was suspended one game by the NBA on Wednesday for his elbow on Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in Orlando’s Game 5 victory. The two tangled going for a rebound in the first quarter and Howard whacked Dalembert on the left side of the face. Howard drew a technical foul for the hit. Howard said in a statement on Wednesday he was disappointed, but respected, the league’s decision... Ask Magic guard Courtney Lee about the impact of Howard’s physical play. Lee suffered a fractured sinus after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from Howard in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Lee’s out for Game 6... Orlando likely will start Marcin Gortat in place of Howard, and J.J. Redick for Lee. “I’ve got be aggressive now,” Redick said. “They played off Courtney. It seems like they’re still not really guarding the point guard or the two guard.” The Sixers realize Howard and Lee’s absence gives them a fantastic opportunity to force a Game 7 and take their chances in Orlando, where they won Game 1. “Regardless who’s out there, we’ve got to go out there and win,” Sixers guard Andre Iguodala said.
J.J. Redick will make the biggest start of his Magic career tonight --- his first playoff start in Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wachovia Center.
Redick replaces injured Courtney Lee, who was scheduled to have surgery Thursday.
Marcin Gortat also will make his first career playoff start, replacing center Dwight Howard, who is serving a one-game suspension.
"I want to go have fun -- that's what Otis (General Manager Otis Smith) said to me. Otis knows I put a lot of pressure on myself. I have high expectiations for myself," Redick said. "So he just gave me a friendly reminder this morning to have fun.
"I just have to be in the right spots defensively and make the shots when they are there."
Redick, one of the best shooters in the history of college basketball, has been unable to find his jump-shot much of the season. He has played only 42 minutes in five playoff games against the Sixers, going just 2-of-9.
He shot just 39 percent this season in 64 games.
"It's very exciting. I'm actually kind of glad it's happening on the road, too," Redick said. "It's going to be a great atmosphere. It's going to be very difficult to get a win here."