Magic seek patience as youth develops

ORLANDO, Fla. -- From general manager Rob Hennigan to coach Jacque Vaughn down to the players who finished out the season, the Orlando Magic insist they have improved from the year before. But going from 20 to 23 victories doesn't represent the type of accelerated growth that makes those around the NBA sit up and take notice. And when Hennigan was asked Thursday what Magic fans...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Rob Hennigan’s Orlando Magic 2014 Exit Interview

Here’s Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan answering a lot of important questions as the franchise moves into a key period that is the 2014 offseason. As always with ‘Henny’ there was a plethora of information to be digested in regards to the draft, evaluating Jacque Vaughn, how the team met his benchmark goals, what may happen with Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, and...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indiana Pacers – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

It began with Indiana and it ended with another Pacers defeat. We made it to the conclusion of the Orlando Magic’s 25th Anniversary. Though their record doesn’t show it, a lot of optimism can be had for what was accomplished this season for the team and its individuals that represent it. Now the focus is making the step towards playoff contention. Victor Oladipo looked back on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Magic Wands: vs. Pacers

Orlando, Fla. (55-26) vs. (23-58)    Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida Line: Magic by 4 Tickets: $14-$774 on VividSeats Season Series: Pacers 97, Magic 87 in Indianapolis on Oct. 29; Pacers 98, Magic 79 in Indianapolis on Feb. 3; Magic 93, Pacers 92 in Orlando on Feb. 9; Tonight in Orlando Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR Indiana 95.0 101.4 96.8 49.0 24.8 15.9 29...
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Magic Q&A with Jeff Turner

For the final time this season, FOXSportsFlorida.com checks in with color analyst Jeff Turner to get the latest on the Magic. You can follow Turner on Twitter at @JTurnerMagic. FOX SPORTS FLORIDA: Where have you seen the biggest improvement on the Magic from last season? JEFF TURNER: I think there are a few things. Defensively, there's been improvement. You can look at the way...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Musings: Orlando caps off road slate with loss to Bulls

The lineup combination that the Orlando Magic employed for the majority of the fourth quarter Monday night at Chicago might have looked unfamiliar to anyone who has followed the team this season. But the outcome was entirely too familiar. The Magic concluded their worst season away from home in the franchise's 25-year history with a 108-95 loss to the Bulls. A season-high 20...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Heading toward the end, Nets dispose of Magic

The light is at the end of the tunnel. Everyone seems to recognize that, even Jacque Vaughn as he decided (at long last) to let a decent lineup ride toward the end of the fourth quarter even though it meant playing the same lineup for the entire fourth quarter (a bench lineup at that), making a substitution only to replace a fouled out Andrew Nicholson. Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Growing pains in crunch time continue for youthful Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's a certainty that many of the least experienced players on the Orlando Magic are going to get thrown into tight late-game situations as the season winds down. Which players? That can be a mystery. In the fourth quarter of their 96-86 loss Friday night to the Washington Wizards, the Magic used some lineup combinations which were a bit out of the ordinary for...
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Growing pains in crunch time continue for youthful Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's a certainty that many of the least experienced players on the Orlando Magic are going to get thrown into tight late-game situations as the season winds down. Which players? That can be a mystery. In the fourth quarter of their 96-86 loss Friday night to the Washington Wizards, the Magic used some lineup combinations which were a bit out of the ordinary for...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

Jameer Nelson couldn’t deny that he was fighting for more rebounds than usual in the 2nd half. You would too if you had Jason Maxiell reminding you about being close to a triple-double in your ear every few seconds. Orlando players were worn out from Washington’s physicality, and the frustration of having lost all 4 season meetings to the Wizards. Jameer Nelson:   Click below...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Musings: Orlando goes cold down stretch in loss to Washington

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic's newfound ability to close out games in the fourth quarter disappeared Friday night, as did their modest two-game winning streak. The Washington Wizards, looking to avoid a possible first-round playoff matchup against either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers, held the Magic to 16 points over the final 12 minutes and came away with a 96-86...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards – Orlando Magic Shootaround Interviews

The Magic don’t have much to strive for these days, except for the chance to finish over .500 at home with 2 home contests remaining this season. Unfortunately for you non-tanking Magic fans, Nikola Vucevic is out again with a sore Achilles heel. Orlando needs to find a way to cut into the foul and free throw gaps that led to a gut-wrenching overtime defeat to the Wizards last...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic center Nikola Vucevic out in win over Nets

The Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday by the score of 115-111. The win was the second straight for the Magic, who are now 23-55 on the season. The Magic were once again without center Nikola Vucevic, who was out with a sore Achilles' tendon.Mike via Wikimedia CommonsAs reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, coach Jacque Vaughn said after yesterday...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson leads way in ESPN’s new stat ☆

As the season has come to a close, there is discussion over who has been the “most valuable” player on the roster. Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo are likely the three players that come to mind. Jacque Vaughn will not name one — as you would expect — when he was asked about this past weekend: “I’m not sure if you can,” Vaughn said when asked if Vucevic...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooklyn – Magic Pre-Practice Interviews

The Orlando Magic had a few days of reprieve and are back to work today in preparation for Wednesday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Jameer Nelson and Jacque Vaughn talked about the NCAA title game and hide very kind words to say about former Magic guard Kevin Ollie who led the UCONN Huskies to the championship last night. Also, the peeling of the onion layers that are Andrew...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle O'Quinn bounces back as the Magic beat the Timberwolves 100-92

On March 8, Jacque Vaughn fundamentally altered the Orlando Magic's starting lineup. Vaughn made second-year big man Kyle O'Quinn the team's starting power forward, partly to see how O'Quinn would fare against better players. Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves offered the Magic an opportunity to test O'Quinn in a different way. It allowed...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard work, short memory helps Kyle O'Quinn prove dependability to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Add a short-term memory to the list of things Kyle O'Quinn has been able to develop between his rookie year with the Orlando Magic and this season. The Magic's leading shot-blocker and arguably their hardest worker had a performance he would like to forget Friday night at Charlotte. O'Quinn took an uncharacteristic 20 field-goal attempts and made only...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Wands: vs. Timberwolves

Orlando, Fla. (38-37) vs. (21-55)    Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida Line: Timberwolves by 5 Tickets: $13-$107 on VividSeats Season Series: Timberwolves 120, Magic 115 in Minneapolis on Oc. 30; Tonight in Charlotte Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR Minnesota 99.8 105.7 103.7 48.7 27.4 13.7 31.6 Orlando 96.1 99.2 104.6 48.4 22.3 15.1 25.2 Video Vault: Click...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Three thoughts after Magic’s 91-80 loss to Bobcats

It was less than 10 minutes before tip off when Jacque Vaughn informed Nikola Vucevic he would not play with a sore Achilles. That decision and injury may have changed the game as the Magic were severely lacking on the interior. Not with paint bucket himself, Al Jefferson going to work. Jefferson scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, working the interior and abusing whoever was...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Musings: Orlando struggles all around in home loss to Cleveland

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Although their record in March was only 3-11, it could be said the Orlando Magic were competitive in every game. The same could not be said for how they started their final month of the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers, clearly helped by the return of Kyrie Irving and making a late push at the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, led by as many as 27 points...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Missed timeout, seconds sink Magic comeback

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Less than a minute into the third quarter Sunday night, the Orlando Magic found themselves down 21 points to the Toronto Raptors. But with less than nine seconds remaining, they were in a position to perhaps go into overtime for the second time this weekend and the eighth time this season. The Magic did a lot of things right over the final 24 minutes -- shooting...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

When the Magic play from behind

David Manning/USA TODAY One thing the Magic have certainly gotten used to the past year and a half is being a bit behind on the scoreboard. That is the nice way of putting things. The team is most definitely going through a rebuild (if you have not heard) with an emphasis on youth and building things through the Draft. That takes a commensurate amount of patience and takes...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Magic: Vaughn seeing growth in young players

For much of the Orlando Magic's recent nine-game losing streak, coach Jacque Vaughn insisted he could see signs his players were getting better. Considering the Magic went a month without beating anyone except the woebegone Philadelphia 76ers, it was understandable his comments were greeted from outside with an amount of skepticism. But the incremental improvement in a first...
Via Fox Sports Florida
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

The odd success at home for Orlando continued Tuesday evening as the Magic found a way to hold an outstanding Blazers offense to just 85 points on 37.2% shooting. Sure LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play, but let’s ignore the details. What’s important is that the Magic are some how 16-18 at Amway Center despite still owning the third worst record in the NBA. Enjoy an in-depth Victor...
Via Magic Basketball Online
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic look to measure themselves out West

The Magic depart Monday for their final major road trip of the season -- a four-game, six-day trek that will have the Magic visiting Golden State, Utah, Phoenix and Los Angeles (Lakers). After this trip ends, Orlando will have just three road games remaining. That should be a relief for a team that has just four road wins this season -- and needs two more wins to match the franchise...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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