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Highlights: Too much Stephen Curry in pre-Thanksgiving clash

Six Magic players scored in double figures: @Tobias31 @Elfrid @BenGordon8 @VicOladipo @NikolaVucevic & @EvanFourmizz. pic.twitter.com/z1WR2gEtu2 — Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 27, 2014 Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR Golden State 111 110.6 58.8 19.5 13.8 22.4 Orlando 96 97.4 44.8 25.0 12.5 27.6 Stephen Curry (GSW) — 28 pts., 8 assts.; Harrison Barnes (GSW...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Absence of Tobias Harris limits Magic in loss to Heat

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Fifteen games into their season, the Orlando Magic continue to find it a challenge to get enough people healthy and contributing at the same time. They began the season without Channing Frye and Victor Oladipo. They've been without Kyle O'Quinn for the past three weeks. They lost rookie Aaron Gordon for an indefinite length of time a week ago. They didn't have Evan...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

4 Takeaways from Heat-Magic

Read what stood out most from the Magic’s 99-92 home loss to the Heat. Vucevic Has His Way When asked about Nikola Vucevic’s growth as a player before the game, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra joked that he would already be an All-Star if every game had been against Miami last year.  Vooch played the role of Heat killer again and exploited Miami’s obvious rebounding deficiencies...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shocking: Magic sneak past Hornets on 20-point comeback

Who would you want taking a jumper late in a game? What lineup would you want out on the floor for the Magic to erase a 23-point deficit? Who would you expect to get a big offensive rebound to break a tie and deliver the Magic the lead late in the game? Your answers to all these questions were probably the wrong answers Friday night. Opportunity came for the Magic and they were the...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic musings: Orlando matches last season's road win total

Down by 23 points in the third quarter on the road Friday night, the Orlando Magic could have been excused for turning their attention to Saturday night's visit by the Miami Heat. Instead, they turned more than a few heads in recording one of the largest comeback victories in franchise history. Led by a lineup which included rookie Elfrid Payton and veterans Willie Green and...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Three thoughts after Magic’s 104-100 loss to Raptors

The Magic held the lead for most of the game. The offense was humming along. Shots were falling from beyond the arc. Different players took their turns playing aggressor and everything worked well. This was an Orlando team that could beat anyone — including East-leading Toronto. There are going to be nights like that with a young roster. And then there are going to be nights that...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Rankings Roundup: Magic are not the worst!

It is Monday and that can only mean another batch of Power Rankings. The click-baiting and hate-mongering have truly begun in full force! Last week, the Magic clocked in for many Power Rankers (not the Mighty Morphin’ kind) at No. 29. Only the extremely hapless Sixers were unanimously considered worse than the Magic. This week, even after an 0-3 start, the Magic are seeing things...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Daily Mailbag Vol. 2: Assessing value

The Magic are a few games into their 26th season with a ton of questions left to answer. The deadline for extensions passed, but many of you in the last few weeks had questions about Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic and their overall value to the franchise. As always, well maybe always is the wrong word since this is volume 2, I will do my best to answer the questions you sent. I...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Great off the bench, Ben Gordon shows Magic he still has it

ORLANDO, Fla. -- This was expected to be the night when the Orlando Magic and their fans got a glimpse of what Channing Frye can do. Instead, they got a reminder of what Ben Gordon is still capable of accomplishing given the right set of circumstances. The Magic trailed the Washington Wizards by 17 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night, with Frye on the bench after taking only...
Via Fox Sports Florida
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic not done learning lessons, Paul Pierce teaches latest one

This season has been somewhat dubbed a turning point season for the Magic. That is the big picture of things. The team needs to begin showing some growth and showing progress. There will be nights where the team looks like a young team, trying to grind their way and struggling to make a whole ton of progress. And then there will be some nights where the team gets it all together...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards-Magic Home Opener Postgame Interviews

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images As you can guess, the Orlando Magic locker room wasn’t in much of a cheerful move on Thursday night. Nice to see great games out of Ben Gordon and Evan Fournier at least. Also, Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says he hasn’t forgotten about Maurice Harkless. Channing Frye was thrilled to be back on the court. Jacque Vaughn:   Below are...
Via Magic Basketball Online
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic-Pelicans Practice Interviews

The Orlando Magic sneaked in a practice at Amway Center on Monday before they hop on a plane to New Orleans. They’ll take on the Pelicans Tuesday night as one of only 3 games to debut the ’14-’15 NBA campaign. Jacque Vaughn will have Luke Ridnour, Dewayne Dedmon, and Ben Gordon will be available to play. Ben described his dental procedure. Jacque reflected on his NBA debut...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet Magic assistant coach Jay Hernandez in SLAM documentary

This offseason, the Magic hired Jay Hernandez as an assistant coach for player development. Before taking this job, Hernandez was a private coach and trainer for several NBA players, including Tobias Harris, Ben Gordon and Jameer Nelson. SLAM did a documentary on Hernandez as he prepared several prospects from this year’s Draft, including Noah Vonleh and Jordan Clarkson. Harris...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic : The inefficient market inefficiency

The Orlando Magic are, by no stretch of the imagination, an efficient offensive team. At 99.3 points per 100 possessions they ranked second-to-last in the NBA last season offensively, better only than Philadelphia and Philadelphia isn’t an NBA team so much as it’s a collection of vaguely athletic human beings with long legs wearing basketball uniforms. They shot only 44.5 percent...
Via The Sports Post
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Celebrate NBA Cares Week with Two Volunteer Projects

The Orlando Magic will participate in two Central Florida community service projects as part of the NBA Cares program. The projects are the Hoops for Troops “Commitment to Service” volunteer initiative at The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank (12 Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, FL 32810) on Tuesday October 21st from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., and Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic defeat Flamengo to win preseason home opener

The Orlando Magic made their 2014-2015 home debut on Wednesday night with a preseason victory against the Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo. Despite the home opener, it often seemed like the Flamengo cheers and chants were overtaking the building. While the chants were energizing, it wasn’t enough to propel the visiting Rio squad who ultimately fell to the Magic 106-88. Nik Vucevic...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Goes Off as Magic Fall Short in Charlotte

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic just barely fell short of winning a third consecutive road game in this preseason, losing in Charlotte 99-97 to the Hornets. Orlando was led in scoring by Ben Gordon who had 17 points in eighteen minutes off the bench. Some of the circus shots the 31-year-old made I had not seen Ben convert in almost a decade. In his first...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

The Magic have yet to recover from losing Dwight Howard, but they’ve collected a cache of young talent and the future of the team is starting to emerge from the haze. They’ve released the last connection to their finals team, Jameer Nelson, and flipped their leading scorer for a 21 year-old shooting guard. It’s easy to make the playoffs in the east, but they’re a breakout...
Via Analytics Game
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Ranks Magic Roster in Top 500 List

ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network – which is over 200 contributors – are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA) from #500 to the top of the food chain. This if the 4th year they’re conducting this ranking. That means fifteen Orlando Magic players obviously get mentioned as well. The ESPN Forecast panel rated each player on a 0-to-10 scale in...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA 2K15 is Out, Let’s Check in on the Magic

NBA 2K15 was released midnight on October 7th. I already revealed the Orlando Magic player ratings, now let’s see how these guys look in the video gaming world. Surprisingly, the Magic are handling the Grizzlies quite well in Memphis. Look how dominant that bench is with Ben Gordon making buckets. It looks like the starting lineup designated by 2K Sports for the Magic is: C...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Daily Mailbag Vol. 1: Just throw them in

The 2014-15 season is upon us! I cannot believe that Media Day has come and gone and that all the answers to our questions and hopes and fears will be answered in the next seven months. Or we can try to answer them all right now. That would make sense too. I invited you to send me your questions before the season started and I would provide my answers. Hopefully this will be the...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Training Camp: Day 2 Interviews

The Orlando Magic prepared for their first 2-a-day practice on the second day of training camp Wednesday. The overall consensus in regards to Day 1 seems to be that there was high energy from all players, but there were some nerves to get out of the way. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn gave high praise to Ben Gordon as the 31-year-old has a lot to prove after his previous stop in Charlotte...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic excited for a faster defense, more exciting team this season

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the Orlando Magic get ready for the start of training camp Tuesday morning, one area where they can improve upon from last season stands out as the one most within their reach. Even if forward Aaron Gordon and guard Elfrid Payton don't crack the starting lineup right away as rookies after being lottery picks, the Magic appear committed to becoming a more up...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic start 28th in ESPN Power Rankings

More power rankings will be coming out soon as the season gets set to start. With Media Day on Monday, we are all wondering where the Magic sit. You get the feeling the analysis will be similar to the one offered by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Stein writes in ranking the Magic 28th in his preseason Power Rankings: “The new season starts with the same question asked here in April: Don’t...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon: Magic is chance at redemption

Ben Gordon’s season in Charlotte turned into a disaster as his big contract ended. Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports “I definitely look at this [as an] opportunity to reestablish myself and definitely help with the younger group of guys and try to just share what I can with them on how to win. “[My shot] never really went anywhere. It’s just a matter of being consistent...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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