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Whenever a team’s highest usage player gets injured, you can expect a serious dip in that team's production. On Wednesday night, in the last-minute of a victory over the Washington Wizards, Glen “Big Baby” Davis fell to the ground screaming in agony. It was later diagnosed as a left should sprain, an injury that generally takes between 4 to 6 weeks to recover from. Davis is currently averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds, each being a career high. He also holds the team’s highest usage rating of 23. To put that in perspective, he has exactly the same usage rating as Chris Paul.
On Friday night the Magic (12-14) lost to the Toronto Raptors, a team that holds a dismal 9-19 record. Although the Magic had a decent shooting night, their defense was suspect and their turnovers were costly. They forced only 9 turnovers, while having 18 miscues of their own. Granted, the game did come down to the wire, but the Magic were unable to pull it off after a turnover by Gustavo Ayon and a missed 3 from J.J. Redick. Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson got the start for the injured Glen Davis. He posted a mere 6 points on 3 of 10 shooting with only 4 rebounds. This was after two scoreless games off the bench.
The Magic’s next game is at home on Sunday against the Utah Jazz (14-13). The Utah Jazz have one of the most intimidating frontcourts in the entire NBA with the tandem of Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap. Even their bench big men, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are extremely talented. Andrew Nicholson is going to have his work cut out for him as Jefferson and Milsap are the team’s best scorers, rebounders, and defenders.
If the Magic don’t win that game, it is very difficult to see them having another shot at .500 this season. If we were to win, our two following games are against the New Orleans Hornets (Pelicans, in future-tense) and the Washington Wizards. Those squads are both posting records well below the .500 mark and are very vulnerable with their best players having yet to step out on the court this year. After a win against the Utah Jazz, it is entirely plausible that we could break the .500 mark. If we lose to the Jazz, the odds fall off of a cliff because after the Wizards and Hornets we face the Heat, Bulls, Knicks, Nuggets, and Clippers in the following 13 days. That is an incredibly difficult stretch even for the most talented teams.
The Orlando Magic have exceeded expectations so far this year. They have been one of the toughest defensive teams in the entire league and have surprised absolutely all of the talking heads. Unfortunately, they may have reached their ceiling the moment that Glen Davis fell to the ground on Friday night. Their schedule becomes infinitely tougher over the next few weeks and they are going to sorely miss the production that Big Baby has offered them so far. If we lose the game against the Jazz tomorrow night, it is quite possible that the best part of the season will be behind us.
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The Orlando Magic have announced that they could be without big man Glen Davis for four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury reports John Denton of NBA.com.The injury will not require surgery, but could keep Davis out of action for four to six weeks, although there is no definitive timetable for his return. A MRI conducted on Thursday showed no structural damage in Davis’ shoulder...
It did not take long for the first trade rumors to start taking shape after the December 15 opening of the trade season. The Magic figured to be a big part of many trade discussions thanks to the "transition" the franchise is in after Dwight Howard's departure.
That has meant anyone is on the table as the Magic try to figure out what kind of team and franchise they...
The NBA's trade season officially opened on December 15 with all the contracts signed this summer opened for trading (there are still several contracts signed using Bird Rights that do not become available for trades until January 15).
The rumor mill is beginning to churn again. And Orlando will be involved. Rob Hennigan has made as much clear and the team has that extremely...
Former Celtic Glen "Big Baby" Davis seemed to be pretty badly injured last night during the Magic's win over the Wizards. And while Big Baby was never a star player for the Celtics, he has taken on a leading role in Orlando, making his injury a scare for his teammates.
From Comcast Sports New New England:
Davis, the team's leading scorer and
This morning I hopped on the radio and co-hosted The Insider Show with Eric Lopez on Sports Talk Florida 1080 AM in Orlando.
We hit on a number of topics including a preview of tonight's game against the Jazz, the return of Ryan Anderson this week and the Magic's Playoff chances.
Eric Lopez, Mary Stevens...
The Orlando Magic received a scare when Glen Davis was fouled and dislocated his left shoulder late in Wednesday's victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
On Thursday, an MRI revealed a shoulder sprain. The injury will keep Davis sidelined four to six weeks, but will not require season-ending surgery.
"After further evaluation by our medical staff, Glen Davis has...
Rumors of Glen Davis' demise may have been greatly exaggerated. The Magic received some very encouraging news Thursday, a day after Davis was writhing in pain and holding his shoulder late in a win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Everyone feared the worst, but Rob Hennigan announced that Davis suffered a shoulder sprain and there was no structural damage to his shoulder.
The final two possessions for the Magic summed up their night and erased any warm feelings from a 10-0 run that turned what might have been a runaway fourth quarter into a tight battle.
Down by three points, J.J. Redick got into the paint and tried a risky pass to Gustavo Ayon. Ayon fumbled the ball away for the Magic's 17th turnover of the game. A missed DeMar DeRozan...
Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement today that Glen Davis has been diagnosed with a left-shoulder sprain and that an MRI exam revealed “no significant structural damage.”
“He will be treated non-operatively,” Hennigan said in the statement. “Treatment will include rest and subsequent strengthening of the muscles around his shoulder. His return...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --With one of his veteran floor leaders sidelined for an unknown amount of time, Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin wasn't exactly sure how his team would respond against Orlando after a pair of lopsided losses.
He got a welcomed surprise.
Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 and the Jazz survived a fourth-quarter rally to slip past the Magic...
Coming off an outstanding junior year at the University of Illinois, the selection of Nick Anderson was a no-brainer. Later it was revealed that Denver had tried to move up in the draft in order to select Anderson. Fortunately for the Magic, Denver had sought Indiana’s 7th overall pick, but Indiana wanted too much in return. Their asking price was all-star guard, Lafayette Lever...
(12-13) vs. (8-19)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Raptors by 3.5
Tickets: $7-$292 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Lost 97-86 in Toronto on Nov. 18; Tonight in Toronto; Dec. 29 in Orlando; Jan. 24 in Orlando
Game time: 7 p.m. ETTV: FOX Sports Florida
While Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry remain sidelined, the Toronto Raptors are surprisingly playing their best basketball of the season.
The Orlando Magic are too, though extending their four-game winning streak may be tough without Glen Davis.
The visiting Magic won't have their starting power forward for the first time this season...
Last night Glen Davis dropped 18 and 9 with his typical poor FG (6-18) but then something funny happened on the way to the final buzzer, he got hurt! He was screaming in pain like a, um, baby. Anyway, who to grab, who to grab just in case. Well, let’s see, there’s Gustavo Ayon. Meh, not feeling mucho amor for Gustavo right now so just monitor him. Then there’s Josh McRoberts...