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WATCH: Orlando Reacts After Loss to Spurs Going into Break

AP Photo/John Raoux Probably the worst way to go into an All-Star Break. For the next week, this loss will not sit well with a large chunk of this Orlando Magic roster. It’s interesting hearing Scott Skiles, Evan Fournier, and Elfrid Payton break down how the final kind of went down. Three different perspectives of a play that caught the San Antonio Spurs napping, and very well...
Via Magic Basketball Online
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Spurs Use 31-17 Fourth Period to Claim a Late Victory in Orlando

AP Photo/John Raoux The Orlando Magic let another game slip from their grasp on Wednesday night, falling to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Kawhi Leonard drilled a tough game-winning shot over some solid Aaron Gordon defense with 0.9 on the clock. Evan Fournier would heave a miraculous fullcourt pass that would bounce and eventually land in Elfrid Payton‘s hands. Elfrid had to release...
Via Magic Basketball Online
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Talk Orlando Trade Candidates and Deal Scenarios

The February 18th trade deadline is fast approaching and the Orlando Magic are in a position in the standings where they will miss the playoffs if they don’t make some kind of deal. No fan or member of the media views the Magic and its pieces in the same light. When I look at the 14-man Magic roster and its contracts, I break the squad down into three parts: Tradeable, Open to...
Via Magic Basketball Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Two Wins in Two Days for Orlando After Defeating Atlanta in Overtime

AP Photo/John Bazemore Despite trailing by 20 points in the first quarter and being down by 18 points in the second half, the Orlando Magic found a way. The men in black took down the Hawks in Atlanta 117-110 in overtime on Monday night. Two enormous wins over the same squad in 34 hours. Orlando tallied a season-high 37 assists on their 46 made field goals. Orlando had not record...
Via Magic Basketball Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. The Atlanta Hawks already have lost more games than they did last season en route to the top playoff seed in the East and their first appearance in the conference finals.The latest defeat came in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of the Orlando Magic, who haven't experienced victory much lately.Atlanta looks to bounce...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic-Hawks Preview

The Atlanta Hawks already have lost more games than they did last season en route to the top playoff seed in the East and their first appearance in the conference finals. The latest defeat came in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of the Orlando Magic, who haven't experienced victory much lately. Atlanta looks to bounce back Monday night by winning for the sixth time in seven...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Orlando Locker Room Reacts After Nikola Vucevic’s Winner

AP Photo/John Raoux There’s nothing like a game-winner to make you forget the past. At least for one day. That’s what Nikola Vucevic gifted his Orlando Magic teammates with by draining that glorious shot. We can focus on how bad Orlando was yet again down the stretch of that game, but for now just savor an awesome moment for a bunch of players and coaches that absolutely needed...
Via Magic Basketball Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. After last month was rough on the Atlanta Hawks, February has started in promising fashion, and a home-and-home with the spiraling Orlando Magic could keep it that way.The Hawks go for a fourth straight win as they look to extend their dominance of the Magic on Sunday.Atlanta (30-22) closed a 6-9 January with...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawks-Magic Preview

After last month was rough on the Atlanta Hawks, February has started in promising fashion, and a home-and-home with the spiraling Orlando Magic could keep it that way. The Hawks go for a fourth straight win as they look to extend their dominance of the Magic on Sunday. Atlanta (30-22) closed a 6-9 January with five losses in six games but has bounced back with three straight...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

In a Sad State, Orlando is Ready to Fold for a 4th Straight Year

In my 27 years of existence, I have never been as disappointed in an Orlando Magic roster as I am in this 2015-2016 group. I was too young during the early years, but that was the honeymoon phase of the franchise and those 15,000 jam-packed O-Rena crowds were far from comatose. Then there were the mid-’90s extravagant years. Anfernee Hardaway kept the team enjoyable for the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Damaged Magic Squad Talks After Loss to Clippers

AP Photo/John Raoux While waiting inside the quiet and somber Orlando Magic locker room for players to get ready for their media interviews, I couldn’t help but stare down at Tobias Harris‘ blood-soaked blue and white sneakers. There were no feet in them. ‘T12’ had received 7 stitches above his eye for the blow to the face he took from Victor Oladipo, and all that was left...
Via Magic Basketball Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

In Another Thriller Against OKC, Orlando Gets Thunderstruck Again

AP Photo/J Pat Carter This is becoming an odd trend. The Orlando Magic once again found themselves on the losing end of a phenomenally entertaining contest against the Thunder. The road squad lost in OKC 117-114 on Wednesday after Kevin Durant hit a devastating 3-pointer over Tobias Harris with 0.5 seconds on the clock to break the tie. Orlando has lost 14 of its last 16 contests...
Via Magic Basketball Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why there are fewer ex-player coaches in the NBA

While the NBA appears to be littered with head coaches who also happen to be ex-NBA players, the presence of such coaches is actually severely declining.  As of today, exactly half of NBA teams are run by one-time players. That split is almost identical across conferences as well, with seven such coaches in the East and eight in the West. The list of current head coaches that...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic-Thunder Preview

Nearing a showdown against the NBA's top team, the Oklahoma City Thunder could easily look past their next opponent. After all, they're on a roll while the Orlando Magic are in a prolonged slump and visiting a city where they haven't won in seven years. Still, the Magic have been anything but a pushover against the Western Conference, and the Thunder needed a near miracle to beat...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs Claim Victory as Orlando Runs Out of Gas in 4th Period

AP Photo/Eric Gay The Orlando Magic gave a respectable effort against a superb franchise, but they fell to the now 40-8 Spurs in San Antonio 107-92 on Monday night. After getting off to a nightmare of a start, there were the Magic owning a lead deep into the third quarter. Then the Spurs proved why they’re undefeated at the AT&T Center, comfortably disposing of their guests...
Via Magic Basketball Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics-Magic Preview

The Boston Celtics got plenty of assistance from their reserves to extend their win streak to a season high and a remarkable string of scoring performances. A chance to sweep the scuffling Orlando Magic in a home-and-home series Sunday night would only seem to aid their hopes of continuing both runs. Boston (27-21) had seven players score in double figures in a 113-94 victory...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Appling Gets Second 10-Day Contract; Named NBDL All-Star

The Orlando Magic officially announced on Friday that Keith Appling has been signed to a second 10-day contract with the team. His first 10-day contract was signed on January 18th. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel originally broke the news that this would happen back on Tuesday, so there’s no element of surprise here. The only anticipation now will be for what happens after...
Via Magic Basketball Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

International Summer Dilemmas Exist for Some Magic Men

As this dreary January continues and the Orlando Magic keep racking up losses, some of the team’s players may already have their minds on what they’ll be doing in July. That’s because a few Magic men have some potential dilemmas ahead: Play for your national team? Not play and focus on that new NBA contract? Sit out and train with the sole focus being on the 2016-2017 Magic...
Via Magic Basketball Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Coverage begins at 7:30pm ET Jason Kidd brought something interesting to his first practice back on the eve of the coach's return for the Milwaukee Bucks.Scott Skiles is returning to Milwaukee with his Orlando Magic mired in their longest losing streak.Kidd will coach the Bucks for the first time in 18 games as they face the Magic and Skiles, who...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Bucks vs. Magic

Jason Kidd brought something interesting to his first practice back on the eve of the coach's return for the Milwaukee Bucks.Scott Skiles is returning to Milwaukee with his Orlando Magic mired in their longest losing streak.Kidd will coach the Bucks for the first time in 18 games as they face the Magic and Skiles, who returns to the city for the first time since he resigned as Milwaukee...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic-Bucks Preview

Jason Kidd brought something interesting to his first practice back on the eve of the coach's return for the Milwaukee Bucks. Scott Skiles is returning to Milwaukee with his Orlando Magic mired in their longest losing streak. Kidd will coach the Bucks for the first time in 18 games as they face the Magic and Skiles, who returns to the city for the first time since he resigned...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kemba Walker scores 40, leads Hornets to OT win at Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trailing by 15 points after the third quarter, the Charlotte Hornets figured their chances were slim with Kemba Walker on the floor, and perhaps none without him.Walker played the entire fourth quarter and overtime, finishing with 40 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals to help the Hornets rally for a 120-116 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic's Victor Oladipo returns to starting lineup against Hornets

Orlando's Victor Oladipo has missed two games in a row since the Magic played in London in a loss against Toronto. Now, he turns to the lineup against Charlotte.Oladipo will be in the starting lineup, according to head coach Scott Skiles. Oladipo sprained his right knee in London against the Raptors on January 14. He reportedly participated in non-contact drills at practice on Thursday...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Elfrid’s Postgame Reaction After Loss Represents Team’s Concerns

AP Photo/John Raoux Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton didn’t really have a postgame interview. It was more of there being a few words mixed in with a lot of unhappy and frustrated shrugs and facial expressions. And it made complete sense. There isn’t much more that can be said that hasn’t already come out of that locker room’s mouths over the past few weeks. This...
Via Magic Basketball Online
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Needs Togetherness…and Maybe Some Tweaks

I know, a bit of a contradictory title. The Orlando Magic are almost halfway through this 2015-2016 season. They’re 20-20, yet there’s so much apathy/negativity surrounding the franchise that you’d think they were 2-38. This is the first time in 4 years the squad isn’t tanking. Scott Skiles and his staff have done a great coaching job so far in creating some positive buzz...
Via Magic Basketball Online
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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