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Kyle O’Quinn wins Aleve ‘Hustle Player of the Year’

2014 April 18
by Brian Serra
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Kyle O’Quinn poses with Conductive Education Centers of Orlando student Kylie Thacker and her family Todd, Danielle and Emma Thacker after accepting the Aleve Hustle Player of the Year award. Photo taken by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic.

Kyle O’Quinn was named the Aleve ‘Hustle Player of the Year’ at halftime of the Orlando Magic’s regular season home finale Wednesday evening against the Indiana Pacers. At the close of each month this season, Aleve has highlighted the top hustle plays of the month in-game and has allowed Magic fans the opportunity to vote for the top play on OrlandoMagic.com. Due to his constant commitment to playing every game with more excitement than the last, O’Quinn was selected as the recipient of the 2013-14 Aleve ‘Hustle Player of the Year’ honor, his second consecutive year to win the award.

O’Quinn accepted the award from Joe Raymond on behalf of Bayer Healthcare, the makers of Aleve. In honor of O’Quinn’s accomplishments, Bayer Healthcare is donating $5,000 to CECO – Conductive Education Centers of Orlando.

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Watch: Rob Hennigan’s Orlando Magic 2014 Exit Interview

2014 April 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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 more.

 

Bonus clip: Here’s Arron Afflalo talking about enhancing last year’s offseason program:

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Indiana Pacers – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 April 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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 a solid rookie season that sped by quicker than lightning. Maurice Harkless can relish in the fact he’ll have an important role in the Puerto Rican national team come FIBA World Cup action. Kyle O’Quinn went from roster uncertainty to an important piece in the process. Tobias Harris is a healthy streak away from exploding. Coach Vaughn and the front office have a lot to be positive about, and so do Orlando fans.

Victor Oladipo:

 

Click below for interviews from Maurice Harkless, Jacque Vaughn, Kyle O’Quinn, and Tobias Harris.

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Orlando Magic finish with third-worst record

2014 April 16
by Andrew Melnick

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With their loss to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, the Magic clinched the third worst record, which could weigh heavy in the draft lottery next month.

The Magic have a 15.6% to get the top pick, a 15.74% to get the second pick, a 15.59%. to get the third pick, a 22.57%. to get the fourth pick, a 26.48% to get the fifth pick and a 4.03% to get the sixth pick.

The lottery is on May 20 and the draft is on June 26.

Pacers don’t play anyone, still beat Magic 101-86

2014 April 16
by Andrew Melnick

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The Indiana Pacers didn’t play Paul George, Lance Stephenson or David West and sat both Roy Hibbert and George Hill for the entire second half.

Rasual Butler Chris Copeland had 19 points apiece for the Pacers while Maurice Harkless had 14 to lead the Magic.

And now, Ron Swanson related basketball GIFs.

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Game Preview: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic

2014 April 16
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Chicago Bulls 109-95 on Monday. The Indiana Pacers, who have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

These two teams met on opening night when the Pacers defeated the Magic 97-87 behind 24 points from Paul George.

They met again February 3 and the Pacers blew out the Magic 98-79.

On February, the Magic held off the Pacers for a 93-92 victory.

The Pacers are 55-26 while the Magic are 23-58.

The Magic rank 29th in offensive rating (99.4), 16th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (95.94). The Pacers rank 22nd in offensive rating (101.4), first in defensive rating (96.8) and play at the league’s 20th-fastest pace (94.96).

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Orlando Magic lose to Chicago Bulls. Nice job!

2014 April 15
by Brian Serra
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Dewayne Dedmon viciously blocks a foolish Tony Snell dunk attempt.

As the season draws even nearer to the end, the one constant of the year remained the same. The Orlando Magic lost on the road. The Magic faced off against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, falling 108-95. With the road loss, the Magic fell to 4-37 when playing away from the Amway Center.

More importantly, they inched closer to securing the 3rd-worst record in the league and the 15.6% odds of winning the top overall pick. Wins are fun and obviously important to developing a winning culture, but 81 games deep into a lost season – you root for a competitive game and the L.

The Magic were led on the night by Kyle O’Quinn’s 20 points and 19 points off the bench for the man formerly known as Andrew Nicholson. Victor Oladipo started at PG in place of the injured Jameer Nelson and finished with just 10 points and four assists in 23 minutes.

The stingy Bulls defense had their way with the Magic for the majority of the game and were ultimately led by the versatile Joakim Noah’s 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 22.

Orlando’s final game of the season comes on Wednesday night at the Amway Center against the Indiana Pacers. Tip is set for 7pm.

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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls

2014 April 14
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets 97-88 on Sunday evening. The Chicago Bulls were also in action Sunday, losing to the New York Knicks 100-89.

The Magic are now 23-57 and the Bulls are 47-33.

These two teams met on December 17 and the Magic held on for an 83-82 victory.

The played again on January 15 and the Bulls defeated the Magic 128-125 in triple overtime. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 26 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals while Victor Oladipo scored 35 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals.

The Magic rank 29th in offensive rating (99.4), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (95.96). The Bulls are 27th in offensive rating (99.7) second in defensive rating (97.8) and play at the league’s third-slowest pace (92.76).

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Orlando Magic Lose to the Nets

2014 April 13
by Matt Jensen

The Orlando Magic fell to the Brooklyn Nets 97-88 on Sunday night in Brooklyn.  The Magic really played well in this one, all things considered.  If not for being on the wrong end of a 13-0 run in the middle of the 3rd quarter, this game was very even throughout.  Orlando was led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 18 points off the bench.  Jameer Nelson and Nik Vucevic sat this one out, and the bench came up big for Orlando, as Coach Vaughn was limiting Victor Oladipo’s minutes.

The game started out with Orlando controlling much of the action on both ends of the court.  Very good effort and intensity tonight for a team just playing out the string.  Coach Vaughn went to the bench early and often tonight, even dusted off Ronnie Price, who played extremely well with 6 points and 6 assists.  They finished the first half up by 3 and seemed to be rolling.

At the start of the second half, Orlando struggled making shots.  As I said earlier a 13-0 spelled doom for them tonight.  The Nets got hot from outside, and were led in scoring by Mirza Teletovic with 20 points, all of them seemingly coming during this run and the second half.  Orlando only tallied 35 points in the second half, but dont mistake that for lack of effort.  The effort was there tonight, they just ran up against a more talented team.

There were alot of encouraging things tonight during this game.  Bench play was good.  Tobias Harris played extremely well.  Andrew Nicholson scored in double figures.  This team has proven resilient this year and I think this game tonight proves they are on the right path in their rebuilding.

The Magic turn right around and play in Chicago tomorrow night.  Tip off set for 8pm from the United Center.  Only two games remain this season.

 

Matt Jensen is new to the MBO team and a proud contributing writer. He operates as MBO’s Sr. Sioux Falls Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter here

Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets

2014 April 13
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Washington Wizards 96-86 on Friday night. The Nets were also in action Friday night, falling to the Atlanta Hawks 93-88.

These two teams met back on November 3 in Orlando. Led by 19 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Andrew Nicholson, the Magic blew out the Nets 107-86.

They played again on January 21 and the Nets got a 101-90 win behind 18 points from Andray Blatche.

Arron Afflalo scored 24 points and the Magic defeated the Nets 115-111 on Wednesday night.

The Magic are 23-56 while the Nets are 43-36.

The Magic rank 29th in offensive rating (99.5), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.00). The Nets are 13th in offensive rating (104.6) 17th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 25th-fastest pace (93.65).

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Washington Wizards – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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 for interviews from Jacque Vaughn, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, and Victor Oladipo.

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Magic Offense Stagnates as Wizards Win with Dominant 4th Period

2014 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic looked solid for three quarters against the Washington Wizards, and then the wheels came off the bus in the 4th period as Orlando fell 96-86. With the defeat, combined with the Charlotte Bobcats loss against the Boston Celtics, Orlando has sole control of the 3rd-worst record in the league. Meanwhile, the Wizards now leapfrog Charlotte back into the 6th seed in the East.

The Magic were outscored 29-16 in the four period. Washington notched 20 points in the paint just in that 4th quarter. Nene paced the Wizards in scoring with 17 points off the bench. Bradley Beal tallied 16 points. Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 19 points. Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds as his quest for his first career triple-double fell short.

 

  • The Magic entered Friday trying to avoid a 4-game season sweep by Washington. No Nik Vucevic meant the starting duo of Dewayne Dedmon and Kyle O’Quinn were seeking a 3rd straight win.
  • So much for Washington having a rebounding advantage early on. All credit to Dedmon and O’Quinn as Orlando held a 19-9 first quarter rebound advantage.
  • O’Quinn had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the opening session while Jameer Nelson was on the prowl for his first career triple-double with 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Magic led 29-17 after one period. Wizards shot an awful 25.0 FG%. O’Quinn would finish with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
  • Washington would close the gap with a 12-0 second quarter run. Washington tied the game at the 5:18 mark and then took a 38-36 lead thanks to a barrage of Wizards free throws. Orlando had a halftime free throw attempt advantage of 20-6.
  • Orlando re-focused and led 51-45 at halftime. Arron Afflalo had 14 points at the break, as Jameer tallied 9 assists. Dedmon already had 9 rebounds on his way to a career-best 10 boards.
  • Jameer Nelson reached his double digit points and assists quotient for his 6th double-double of the season in a tightly contested 3rd period.
  • Orlando led 70-67 entering the 4th period as Washington was still only shooting 36.9 FG%.
  • Random stat: Andre Miller fouled out in 10 minutes of action.
  • Doron Lamb finished with 11 points as he now has 7 career games with ten or more points scored.
  • The 4th quarter was a disaster as Orlando collapsed (tank supporters rejoice) thanks to a stagnant offense. Despite the early rebounding gap, the Wizards ended up storming back and taking the boards battle 44-42. Washington prevailed despite only converting on 2-of-19 from 3-point range.

The 23-56 Orlando Magic are now 19-21 at Amway Center and travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Sunday.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.