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Orlando Magic Daily:
There is a big hole in Orlando's lineup. Just about everyone will remind you about it. The five-game losing streak Orlando is suffering through is (perhaps) coincidentally matching the time since Glen Davis suffered a strained shoulder.
To that point, Davis was puting in a career season in averaging a career-best 16.0 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. His scoring and rebounding numbers are at career bests per 36 minutes despite the increase in playing time. And his field goal percentage is at 44.9 percent, which is better than many expected when considering the roster and how much more of the ball he would see (25.7 percent usage rate).
Davis very much was the emotional core for the Magic and one of its rising leaders. He was showing signs of maturity in both his actions and in his play. Approximately one-third of Davis' shots occur at the rim and more than half come within 10 feet. After a season where he took 28.9 percent of his shots from 16-23 feet, Davi...
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The Orlando Magic obviously lost Dwight Howard, who is one of the best defensive players in the NBA, in the offseason, and many expected the team's defense to suffer mightily as a result. But early in the season, the Magic have showed promise at times on defense, despite being very young in the frontcourt. It became the bedrock of the team's fast start.
Stan Van Gundy still communicates with the player who was most responsible for him being successful with the Orlando Magic, and the same guy who was chiefly responsible for him being fired. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Van Gundy said he still exchanges friendly text messages with Dwight Howard.
In the interview, Van Gundy discussed Howard’s status with the Los Angeles...
The Magic knew they would need a tall effort to bounce back from a 35-point effort. The frustration was palpable in the locker room over the defensive breakdowns and the deficit the final score ended up being. You could even perhaps see it in the way the players were pressing to get those points back.
The focus in practice, knowing the Heat were coming into town, was on the Magic...
(10-20) vs. (12-17)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 4
Tickets: $27-$850 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Lost 97-86 in Toronto on Nov. 18; Lost 93-90 in Toronto on Dec. 21; Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 24 in Orlando
Image Credit: Robert Hanashiro | USA TODAY SportsWhen Stan Van Gundy was fired as the Orlando Magic’s head coach back in May, most fingers were pointed at Dwight Howard. Despite their awkward break up in Orlando, the LA Times’ Ben Bloch reports that the two are now getting along just fine.Van Gundy and Howard regularly exchange friendly text messages, in which the two discuss...
(20-8) vs. (12-18)
Time/TV: 5 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Heat by 10
Tickets: $25-$800 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 6 in Miami; March 25 in Orlando; April 17 in Miami
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even after Saturday's 123-88 blasting of the Orlando Magic to conclude a .500 December, Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey said his team hasn't turned the corner. "Not yet," said Casey, whose team is now 7-1 in its last eight games after posting its largest margin of victory on the season. "Defensively, we still have a ways to go. We'...
In grabbing 29 rebounds against the Miami Heat, Nikola Vucevic broke an Orlando Magic franchise record previously held by none other than Shaquille O’Neal. With all due respect to Vucevic (who happens to be a fine young player averaging a double-double on the season), Chris Bosh should probably be ashamed of himself. The Heat did manage to beat the Magic in overtime (112-110...
The Magic needed a good fight against the Raptors when they announced Jameer Nelson would miss the game with a sore left hip approximately an hour before tip off. They needed to play better defense than they had the last few outings for sure, but the margin for error was much small.
Ducking under screens and letting Toronto get into rhythm was not part of the equation. Orlando...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping the Toronto Raptors to an easy 123-88 victory over the injury-depleted Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Rookie Ed Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds as Toronto won for the seventh time in eight games. The Raptors, who hit a season-high 15 3-pointers, got 16 points apiece...
ORLANDO, Fla. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points as the Toronto Raptors blew out the injury-depleted Orlando Magic 123-88 Saturday night. It was the Raptors' third consecutive victory over the Magic, who have lost five straight since Glen Davis went out with a shoulder injury. Toronto (11-20) is now 6-1 in its last seven after posting its largest margin of victory on the season...
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