Typically the Orlando Magic voice of reason has been Channing Frye during periods of frustration. After Wednesday’s defeat at the hands of the Warriors, it was Frenchman Evan Fournier who pointed out how awful the team’s performance was. “Selfish” play won’t win you games. I appreciate Evan’s truthfulness. Golden State is a fantastic team, but Orlando has some issues to resolve as they embark on a 6-game road trip. If they don’t fix them, as Evan said: “…it’s going to be a long-ass road trip.” At least Head Coach Jacque Vaughn is getting healthy bodies back. Injuries can’t be excused for showings like this.
The Orlando Magic hoped to catch the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a vulnerable state on the bad side of a back-to-back. The Warriors, fresh off a 17-point victory on Tuesday night in Miami, showed no signs of sluggishness Wednesday night as they cruised to an easy 111-96 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Steph Curry and the Warriors were in control from the get-go, starting the game on a 10-0 run and were only threatened for a small stretch at the beginning of the second quarter from the lackluster Magic squad. One night after dropping 40 in Miami, Curry finished the night with 28 points, with 25 of those points coming in the first half.
For the Magic, sustaining any sense of offensive flow was a struggle. Nik Vucevic and Victor Oladipo combined to shoot 4-15 and 4-17 respectively, putting up just 23 points. Tobias Harris returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a sore calf and led Orlando with 16 points.
“There isn’t one All-Star on this team. Our success is going to be found on us playing together. Playing as a unit. Hopefully that continues to be the lesson on nights like this.” – Jacque Vaughn after the game discussing the importance of playing together.
Orlando took a brief two point lead, 38-36, with 9:14 remaining in the first half on two Nik Vucevic free throws but Golden State would immediately counter with a Harrison Barnes three pointer and closed the half on a 29-14 run to lead by 13. After Orlando scored just 13 points in the 3rd quarter, the blowout was on and the starters for both sides headed to the bench.
Kyle O’Quinn in to start the 4th. Welcome back, bearded one.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) November 27, 2014
With the loss, the Magic fell to 6-11 on the season. The team will hit the road for a six-game road trip, facing off with the Indiana Pacers Friday night.
The Orlando Magic and the Golden State Warriors will clash on the night before Thanksgiving. Right now Head Coach Jacque Vaughn would be thankful for some added depth to his depleted forward options. Aaron Gordon we know is out indefinitely with a broken foot, but Kyle O’Quinn, Tobias Harris, Evan Fournier, and Devyn Marble are all question marks leading into Wednesday evening’s contest. All participated in shootaround. Any of them could play, or all could sit out. Even a 100% Magic squad would have difficulty with a red hot Warriors team that is tops in offense and defense. The Magic are debuting their sleeved ‘pride’ jerseys.
Orlando Magic fans will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of Magic memorabilia and home goods on Saturday December 6th. The franchise is hosting Holiday Garage Sale at the RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801) at the Magic’s old practice facility that will benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. The event on Dec. 6th runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Magic Community Ambassador Nick Anderson and the Magic Dancers will be in attendance.
Holiday Garage Sale will feature:
- Magic autographed memorabilia
- Magic game-worn items
- Amway Arena and Amway Center collectibles
- Magic team and player photos
- Other items including home goods, toys, golf items, and more
- Holiday photo station for children, family, and friends in front of Magic backdrop. Magic Community Ambassador Nick Anderson will be available from 10:00 a.m. – noon to take holiday photos.
Despite the Orlando Magic’s busy November schedule, the franchise will find plenty of time to continue a wonderful community tradition just before the team embarks on a 6-game road trip. Magic players and staff will distribute turkeys, trimmings, as well as serve a Thanksgiving breakfast to the Coalition for the Homeless residents to give thanks to the Central Florida community. Tobias Harris, Willie Green and Elfrid Payton, Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn, Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan, Magic Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer Charlie Freeman, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, STUFF the Magic mascot, Central Florida children and families, Coalition for the Homeless residents, Amway representatives, and Levy representatives will be participating.
None of the events are for the public. All families and residents have been pre-selected. Let’s break down the schedule.
The Orlando Magic unfortunately fell victim to the LeBron James buzzsaw on Monday evening as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a massive 106-74 victory. The Cavaliers entered the evening on a 4-game losing streak with LeBron being super-focused on Kevin Love calling this Magic contest as a ‘must win’ for Cleveland. Well the panicked attitude paid off for them as Orlando was playing catch-up the entire night.
LeBron James dominated the contest with 29 points, 11 assists (Orlando as a team had 14), and 3 steals in 31 minutes of action. Anderson Varejao tallied 14 points while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each added 12 points. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds and was one of the few decent Magic players on the evening. Victor Oladipo played a lot of garbage time and finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Orlando shot 36.2 FG% for the game and it’s tough to win when your opponent is posting 51.9 FG%. Orlando’s struggles from 3-point range continued as they were 5-of-17 from deep.
Below is the full game recap.
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The cousins gave NBA TV access to their fun relationship.
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This current era of Orlando Magic basketball seems to have one franchise that they just absolutely can’t overcome no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, it’s their in-state rivals the Miami Heat. Nikola Vucevic had another enormous night against the Heat. This loss at Amway Center saw similar defensive and 3-pointer shooting struggles that occurred in Wednesday’s defeat at the hands of the Clippers. No Tobias Harris and Kyle O’Quinn hurts, and the schedule isn’t helping, but this Magic team isn’t ready to make excuses. Victor Oladipo is still trying to find his flow, as people hit him in the face all of the time (even the media).