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Elfrid Payton and Teammates React After Triple-Double and More Blazers-Magic Postgame Interviews

2015 March 20
AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

Continuing from the game recap the of Orlando Magic win over Portland: Elfrid Payton becomes the 7th rookie in NBA history to record back-to-back triple-doubles. Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, and Nikola Vucevic each had 20+ points and 8+ rebounds. The last time that happened was in a Magic loss at the New York Knicks on 2/28/2003 with Tracy McGrady (34 & 8), Drew Gooden (20 & 18), and Gordan Giricek (20 & 9) got it done. Payton’s phone will be blowing up throughout the late hours. All bow down to the Elf Lord.

Elfrid Payton:

 

Terry Stotts on Elfrid:

“He was terrific. Great penetrator, found people, controlled the game. The pick and rolls in the first gave us trouble. He got one of the key rebounds late. I was very impressed with his all-around game.”

 

Below are interviews of Victor Oladipo, James Borrego, and Aaron Gordon

 

Victor Oladipo:

 

James Borrego:

 

Aaron Gordon:

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Elfrid Payton Makes Triple-Double History as Magic Snap 6-Game Losing Streak

2015 March 20
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

We’re just living in the world of Elfrid Payton at the moment. The Orlando Magic rookie point guard has been on a tear lately as Orlando defeated Portland 111-104 on Friday night. Payton is the first Magic player in team HISTORY to record back-to-back triple-doubles as the 21-year-old racked up career-high tying 22 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds for Orlando’s 21st triple-double in the franchise’s existence.

Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo each contributed 22 points in a phenomenal victory over a great Western opponent. The Magic only coughed up 7 turnovers and held the Trail Blazers to 7-of-24 3-pointer shooting. Portland was led by 31 points and 10 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge. Damian Lillard only scored two of his 18 points in the second half. Tonight was about Elfrid and how he’s garnering some Rookie of the Year award attention now.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Elfrid Payton Triple-Double Not Enough as Orlando Falls in Dallas

2015 March 18
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic can’t prevent opponents from draining 3-pointers. Can’t do it. Orlando lost 107-102 on Wednesday evening. The Magic were down 22 points in the third period because Dallas shot 12-of-23 from deep through the first 3 periods. Orlando held the Mavs to 1-of-8 shooting from deep in the fourth and that’s why the Magic came back. Orlando shot an awful 9-of-28 on 3-pointers for the contest.

At least 21-year-old rookie Elfrid Payton notched his first career triple-double and put on an impressive show. 15 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. It’s the 20th triple-double in Magic franchise history. The team has been around 26 years, so that’s quite a rare feat. Anfernee Hardaway and Victor Oladipo are the only 2 Magic men to rack up triple-doubles as Orlando rookies. Speaking of Vic, he had 19 points but missed an off-balanced 3-pointer late to possibly send the game to overtime.

Maurice Harkless had a season-high in minutes (36) and points (18) as the other 21-year-old along Elfrid and Vic brought the Magic back. Nikola Vucevic finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, but was 0-for-5 from the field in the second half. Dallas was led by 25 points from Dirk Nowitzki as he torched Channing Frye in a vintage manner. Monta Ellis tallied 21 points. Rajon Rondo had 9 points, 11 assists, but 8 turnovers due to Elfrid’s fantastic defense on the veteran.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Confusing Report Ranks Orlando as the #5 Basketball City in the Country

2015 March 18
by Adam Papageorgiou

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I must admit, I’m perplexed. A new report by a financial website called WalletHub “crunched the numbers to find the best spots in America to be an avid professional and college basketball fan.” That study ranked Orlando #5 in the entire country out of the 300 most populated U.S. cities examined. 11 metrics were used. Some of them ranged from “the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.” Also, sports bars per capita and social media engagement. Notice Orlando beat out Miami which is ranked 13th.

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I love Orlando and I adore the Magic, but this is surprising. I think because it’s a non-sports website, that this report has garnered some attention locally when it comes to fan support. The Magic rank among the worst performing NBA teams at #23. However, they ranked 3rd in ‘Most Friendly & Engaged NBA fans’ as well as 2nd in ‘Most Accessible NBA Stadiums’.

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I don’t know what to make of this. Obviously Amway Center is a big boost to the Magic in this poll. But with the Magic, UCF, Rollins, Stetson, all not exactly setting the world on fire, the ‘performance’ score can’t be ideal. Orlando has a lot of sports bars, but that doesn’t mean folks are watching a lot of basketball necessarily. Nor are there a lot of Magic game watch parties.

I REALLY want to know what counts as ‘friendly’ and ‘engaged’, because Orlando finishing #3 is strange (so is Miami at #1). If you have been to Amway Center in recent years, you would know that the arena atmosphere isn’t ideal. How to grade ‘friendly’? The Magic do have a solid social media presence even if it hasn’t grown much since Dwight departed. I just wish there was more data revealed as to how all of these rankings came about.

Whatever. Anything that views Orlando or the Magic as Top 5 in any type of poll, study, or report is fine by me. Bring ‘em on.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Rockets Ride a Big Man Not Named ‘Dwight’ to Victory Over Orlando

2015 March 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Dwight Howard may have been unavailable for this contest while wearing a blue suit on Houston’s bench, but Orlando Magic fans still had plenty to tune into and watch on Tuesday night. The Magic lost 107-94 but that was an entertaining contest until the final minutes when Houston pulled out the win with a 14-4 run. Orlando held James Harden to 17 points on just 4-of-14 shooting, but Donatas Motiejunas carried Houston with 23 points. The Rockets shot 50.0 FG% for the game while Orlando only managed 42.7 FG%.

Victor Oladipo had another big game with 29 points. With Tobias Harris missing the majority of the second half with a sprained left ankle, Ben Gordon struggled with crunch time minutes but still had 13 points. Nikola Vucevic tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds while rookie Elfrid Payton had a respectable 10 points and 7 assists. Orlando has lost 5 straight games.

 

Below is the full game recap. 

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Oladipo and Elfrid to Meet Fans at Fashion Square Mall on Saturday

2015 March 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic starting backcourt duo of sophomore Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton will meet fans and sign autographs at Orlando Fashion Square mall on Saturday, March 21st. The designated time for now is 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both players are expected to participate in some light drills with fans as well. There will be contests and giveaways.

The mall is located at 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, 32803. The event is open to the public. Bring your #feathery gear and your ‘fros. The Indiana Hoosiers take on Wichita State on Friday at 2:45 p.m. EST. If Indiana wins – and the Magic beat Portland on Friday night –  you can bet Oladipo will be in a good mood.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Elfrid Payton Talks Near Triple-Double and More Cavaliers-Magic Postgame Interviews

2015 March 15
by Adam Papageorgiou

 

AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

Elfrid Payton says he wasn’t really aware he was close to a triple-double. To that, I put that on the Orlando Magic bench for not reminding him. Obviously the main focus is to try and win, but it’s not often you see a Magic man rack up a triple-double. In fact, there have only been 19 in history. The Magic locker room talked about all of the 3-pointers Cleveland rained in.

Elfrid Payton:

 

Below are interviews from James Borrego, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, and Aaron Gordon.

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Scorching Hot Cleveland 3-Point Shooting Trumps Magic

2015 March 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic were not in a 3-point defending mood on Sunday night. Cleveland sank a ridiculous 18-for-35 3-pointers in their 123-108 defeat of the Magic at Amway Center. Kyrie Irving had 33 points on 5-of-6 3-point shooting. LeBron James had a smooth 21 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds. J.R. Smith notched 25 points on 6-of-11 3-pointers.

The Magic missed 12 free throws (15-of-27) and gave up way too many open triples. Tobias Harris tallied 24 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic notched 22 points and 15 rebounds. Victor Oladipo contributed 25 points and 7 assists. Elfrid Payton racked up his 7th double-double of the season of 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists. Just 1 shy of his first career triple-double. Luke Ridnour had a season-high 15 points, that’s the most points he’s scored in 2 years.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Austin Daye Signs 10-Day Contract with Atlanta Hawks

2015 March 15
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Atlanta Hawks have signed Austin Daye to a 10-day contract as per an official announcement on Sunday from the Erie BayHawks, who are the NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic. Daye becomes the second BayHawk player to receive a GATORADE Call-Up this season and the 13th in franchise history. Adrian Wojnarowski had the report on Saturday as it coincides with Hawks forward Mike Scott being out 4-6 weeks with a broken toe.

Daye, who was acquired by Erie on February 16th via the waiver wire, appeared in 10 games for the BayHawks and averaged 16.0 points per game. Daye’s NBA Development League season-high was 27 points at the Iowa Energy in a win. A night later, his tip-in at the buzzer tied the game at Sioux Falls where the BayHawks eventually went on to win in overtime.

Daye was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. During his fourth season with Detroit, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and eventually spent time with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors before eventually landing back in San Antonio in February of 2014. He played six minutes in the Spurs’ playoff run en route to an NBA Championship. Daye was waived by the Spurs on January 17th this year. It’d be crazy if Daye was on Atlanta’s playoff roster than the Hawks won the title.

Daye has appeared in 285 NBA games throughout his career and the Hawks are the fifth NBA team he will play for.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Magic Fans Are in a Frustrating Economic and Supportive Dilemma

2015 March 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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If you haven’t noticed, the Orlando Magic’s 26-year stretch of being the only big time professional sports franchise in the City Beautiful has come to an end. The Orlando City Soccer Club has shed its ‘minor league’ label and is in Major League Soccer…and the Lions did it with a bang. 62,510 energized and purple-wearing people packed the refurbished Citrus Bowl on that historic March 8th Sunday. That’s more people than any of the 1994 World Cup matches hosted in the same venue – 2 of which I went to and weren’t nearly as loud as Orlando City’s MLS debut – and it’s the largest home game ever for any Orlando home sports town team. Ever.

That photo above is from my two season ticket holder seats. There were a few moments where I got goosebumps, something that used to only happen at Orlando Magic games in years past. Orlando was united for one wonderful evening. The entire country, Brazil, and Europe took notice. Orlando is becoming known for soccer as well.

Meanwhile, about a mile East of the Citrus Bowl, the Magic were hosting the Boston Celtics. Whether the attendance was 17,000 or 12,722, it doesn’t matter. The point is that an NBA team that for two and a half decades was the main show in town…is no longer that. Instantly, the Magic have significantly been overshadowed by soccer.

Why?

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