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Orlando Magic News & Notes

2013 April 5
by Andrew Melnick


Tobias Harris is trying to prove he can consistently defend NBA big men, writes Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Harris knows that opposing teams will continue to challenge him defensively whenever he matches up against bigger players.

“You’ve got to definitely use your quickness,” Harris said. “You’ve just got to find ways to push them out of their position.”

According to John Denton of, Andrew Nicholson envisions a lot of future success with the Magic:

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward sees all of this and knows that brighter days are ahead for the currently-under-construction Magic.

“If we stay together and continue to work hard I think the sky is the limit for this group,’’ Nicholson said. “We have a lot of good pieces and we all seem to fit together well. So I think we have a bright future.’’

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily discusses Nicholson’s recent play:

The question that has to be asked with all the emphasis on development for the rest of the season is why isn’t Nicholson seeing the floor more? It seems like he and Harris should be spliting more time at power forward so both can get the necessary experience.

Harris’ emergence has made the issue more complicated.

“It just makes it tough defensively [having Nicholson and Harris on the floor together],” Vaughn said after the Magic’s loss to the Rockets on March 1, showing that Vaughn largely avoided the lineup for a month before trying it. “You have those two in the game, who is going to guard the 5-man? It’s just matchups rotation-wise and the ability for us to be in an advantageous position. With those two on the floor, it would make us a little small because Tobias can play the three or the four and we’d put Andrew guarding the five and most fives are a little bigger than Andrew.”

Despite losing to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, undrafted rookie DeQuan Jones had an impressive night:

Jones scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench.

In one sequence, Jones intercepted an errant Spurs pass, drove the length of the floor and made a finger-roll layup as he was fouled by Gary Neal. The bucket and the ensuing free throw cut San Antonio’s lead to 17-16 with 4:00 left in the first quarter.

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