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The Brooklyn Nets (27-18) had their way with the Orlando Magic (14-30) in just about every aspect of last night's game. The final score was 97-77, but you got the feeling that the gap would have been even bigger if the Nets hadn't gone third-string for much of the final quarter. It was clear that these were two teams heading in opposite directions.
The Magic are heading towards the lottery. They currently boast the 4th-worst record in the league, but of the three teams below them only Charlotte looks worse. Washington has been playing much better since the return of John Wall and the Cavaliers just added a little frontcourt depth to shore up the hole left by Anderson Varejao's injury. The Magic have a really good shot at grabbing a top-tier pick in this upcoming draft. Click here to see the Magic's upcoming picks that they have acquired through various trades.
In this game against the Nets, the Magic were without guard Arron Afflalo, who was suffering from a sore calf. The injury is not serious, but it was clear how much the Magic offense suffered without him. Between the four guards that saw floor-time for the Magic, they shot a measly 5 of 28 from the field. It didn't help that the Magic failed to get to the freethrow line in the first half. This has been their offensive Achilles heal. There were some positives to take from this game. Rookie Mo Harkless had his best game of the season with 16 points on 7-10 shooting. Pepper in a few steals, rebounds, and assists and you can see where the NBA's third youngest player has some serious upside.
The New Jersey Nets have shaken off their December funk in the wake of the firing of head coach Avery Johnson. Interim head coach, P.J. Carlesimo, has done a great job of refocusing this group. Deron Williams is finally starting to look like the All Star point guard he has been in the past. Brook Lopez is consistently proving that he was the biggest All Star snub in the East. Last night, Reggie Evans showed why he is one of the most under-valued energy players in this league. He is an incredible rebounder who is in "beast-mode" every second that he is on the court. The Nets have a shot at doing well in the post-season if they can continue to build chemistry.
The Orlando Magic will play New York's other team (or primary team, depending on whom you ask) on Wednesday night. Congratulations to Pacman, Slim, and Timothy Williams for tying for first in Monday's Crystal Ball predictions contest! Stay tuned for the next installment against the New York Knicks.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche was hit directly in the face by a ball thrown by Orlando Magic forward Kyle O'Quinn from close range during the fourth quarter of Monday night's NBA game in the Barclays Center.
As O'Quinn was near the sideline with his momentum was carrying him out of bounds, he threw the ball at Blatche in an attempt to save Magic possession....
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You may remember the Foot Locker commercials over the summer starring Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, which included my favorite commercial “Tear-Away.” Now Foot Locker is at it again with this commercial, “Mirror” starring Harden and Kris Humphries; I love the joking nature of the Humphries segment…you know, cool guy and [...]The post James...
If Orlando Magic guard JJ Redick was a fan of Justin Bieber, he would not be the first grown man to have come down with a case of Bieber Fever. The Biebs typically appeals to young girls between the ages of 8 and 15, but there are many exceptions. Redick may have attended Bieber’s concert at the Amway Center in Orland last week, but he insists it was not his choice.
There may not be a player in the league with a more uncertain future than J.J. Redick. Yes, Rudy Gay might get traded and Boston has no idea where that team might go after Rajon Rondo's injury. Before the season though, no player seemed more certain to get moved than Redick.
Everyone seemed to recognize that.
That has changed somewhat though as the season has gone on...
James Harden and his crew know that Foot Locker is bringing new heat everyday. Not everyone got the message, like Harden’s friend Maurice, who wore the same shoes twice and got banished to Kris Humphries’ mirror-watching entourage:
Our old friend Big Baby is used to having people jumping on him (like the Nate Robinson/Shrek and Donkey moment). So I guess it was his natural reaction to catch Gerald Wallace in mid-air as he went up for a lay-up.
Video courtesy of the NBA.
Thanks to TotalProSports…Two nights ago, Davis’s Orlando Magic were in Brooklyn to take on the Nets. About halfway through the third quarter, the home team’s Deron Williams corralled a rebound in the defensive zone and hit a streaking Gerald Wallace with a pass. Wallace then took it straight to the basket, where he was met by the hard-charging Big Baby Davis. How precious isn’t it?
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will replace injured Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday. This will be Lopez's first All-Star Game, and he will be the only representative from the Nets, who are 27-18. Rondo was named an All-Star starter based on the fans' vote, but he is out for the rest...
Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 97-77 on Monday night for their eighth straight home victory.
The Nets rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under P.J. Carlesimo, finishing off a four-game sweep of the Magic, who dropped their sixth straight.
Brook Lopez scored 16 points and Joe Johnson had 13 for the Nets...
The Nets hope Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, or Joe Johnson will be named to the team as Rajon Rondo's replacement.
With the February 21st trade deadline looming, rumors are flying around the NBA. Will Rudy Gay be traded? Will the Celtics look to add a point guard to replace injured star, Rajon Rondo? In regards to the Orlando Magic, one name keeps surfacing: J.J. Redick. Currently in his 7th season in the NBA, J.J. Redick has improved every year and has become an exceptional perimeter threat...
P.J. Carlesimo is convinced after a month on the job: The Brooklyn Nets are a winning team.
He still needs to see, even after one of the best months in franchise history, if they can consistently be one against the teams already at that level.
Well, here comes their chance.
The Nets begin a tough three-game stretch Wednesday night against LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami...