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Game Preview: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic

2014 April 11
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The Orlando Magic won for the fourth time in seven games Wednesday when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 behind 24 points from Arron Afflalo. The Washington Wizards were defeated by the Charlotte Bobcats 94-88 in overtime on Wednesday night, causing them to drop from sixth to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

These two teams met back on December 2 in Washington D.C. and the Wizards blew out the Magic 98-80 behind 16 points and 13 assists from John Wall.

They met again on February 26 and the Wizards got 27 points and seven assists from John Wall to earn a 115-106 victory.

On March 14, the Wizards took down the Magic 105-101 in overtime. Wall had 21 points and 11 assists.

The Magic are 23-55 while the Wizards are 40-38.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.6), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.00). The Wizards are 19th in offensive rating (102.8), 10th in defensive rating (102.6) and play at the league’s 19th-fastest pace (95.45).

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Washington Wizards – Orlando Magic Shootaround Interviews

2014 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

The Magic don’t have much to strive for these days, except for the chance to finish over .500 at home with 2 home contests remaining this season. Unfortunately for you non-tanking Magic fans, Nikola Vucevic is out again with a sore Achilles heel. Orlando needs to find a way to cut into the foul and free throw gaps that led to a gut-wrenching overtime defeat to the Wizards last month.

Arron Afflalo:

 

Click below for interviews from Victor Oladipo and Jacque Vaughn. Also, hear from former Magic man Al Harrington.

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Brooklyn Nets – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 April 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

There is a new feared big man tandem in the Eastern Conference, and that is Dewayne Dedmon and Kyle O’Quinn. You talk about some heart and hustle right there. Orlando is 2-0 with those two starting together and they covered numerous exciting plays on both ends of the court in this contest. Also, E’Twaun Moore was due a scorching hot shooting night. It was nice to see Arron Afflalo have a great game again.

 

Kyle O’Quinn:

 

Click below for interviews from Dewayne Dedmon, Tobias Harris, Jacque Vaughn, E’Twaun Moore, Arron Afflalo, and Victor Oladipo.

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Recap: Orlando Magic mistakenly beat Brooklyn Nets

2014 April 9
by Brian Serra
Moe Harkless challenges Kevin Garnett

Moe Harkless challenges Kevin Garnett

The Orlando Magic tried their absolute best to blow a 16-point lead and take another pivotal step towards securing their best lottery chance, but they just couldn’t get it done in the end. Orlando clung to a 4th quarter lead and held off the short-handed Brooklyn Nets to earn the 115-111 victory.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 24 points, scoring 20+ for just the 3rd time in his last 15 games. The bench combo of E’Twaun Moore and Tobias Harris scored 17 and 16 respectively, including Moore’s perfect 5-5 from 3-point distance.

Brooklyn chose to rest starters Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, but Seven Time All-Star Joe Johnson picked up the slack scoring 31 points. Had Deron Williams made any impact on the game whatsoever (11 points on 3-14 shooting), the Nets would have likely escaped with the win. read more…

Orlando Magic Unveil Hall of Fame, Induct Nick Anderson & Pat Williams

2014 April 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Nick Anderson will never be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s unknown if Anderson’s #25 jersey will be raised to the arena rafters and be retired. One thing is certain, Nick Anderson was down right honored and emotional to be part of the inaugural class of the brand new Magic Hall of Fame. Nick is Orlando’s #1 draft pick. He’s tops in a number of franchise statistical categories. Nick was a critical part of that ’95 Finals team. Anderson is a proud Community Ambassador and contributor to Magic game broadcasts. Nick wasn’t shy to say that this induction ceremony was the culmination of his career.

Nick wasn’t the only individual that Magic CEO Alex Martins helped induct into the Hall of Fame. Pat Williams was inducted as well. Founder. Senior Vice President. Past General Manager. Humanitarian. Author. Historian. Motivational speaker. Without Pat’s vision and passion, there’s no basketball franchise in Orlando.

It’s not common for NBA teams to have their own Hall of Fame, but it was a passion project that has been fulfilled by Orlando’s committee of decision makers.

The speeches from Pat Williams and Nick Anderson are highly recommended viewing. The magnitude and importance of this event should be witnessed by all Magic fans across the globe as 2 historic franchise figures accepted permanent pedestals and trophy versions of them.

Click below to view the speeches from Alex Martins, Pat Williams, and Nick Anderson as well as their interviews following the Hall of Fame spectacle.

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Nets – Magic Shootaround Interviews

2014 April 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

Nikola Vucevic is confirmed to be unavailable for tonight’s Brooklyn Nets matchup. Vucevic appeared to be in good spirits though talking about his new Twitter account and how Tobias Harris is his designated tweeter. Nik believes he’ll play again this season. Victor Oladipo talked about how he’d like to play for Team USA one day and how he hasn’t heard from the Nigerian basketball federation in a while. I foresee an intriguing decision Vic will have to make as far as which country to represent, but it won’t be a worry this summer. Jacque Vaughn stated the one statistic he looks at as a big improvement from last season is defensive rating.

 

Nikola Vucevic:

 

Click below for more interviews from Tobias Harris, Jacque Vaughn, Victor Oladipo, Kyle O’Quinn. As well as a bonus clip of Doron Lamb and Maurice Harkless practicing 3-pointers.

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Game Preview: Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic

2014 April 9
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic were victorious on Saturday night, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-92. The Nets defeated the Miami Heat Tuesday night 88-87.

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.

These two teams will meet again Sunday in Brooklyn.

The Magic are 22-25 while the Nets are 43-34.

The Magic rank 28th in offensive rating (99.3), 16th in defensive rating (104.5) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.03). The Nets are 14th in offensive rating (104.7) 16th in defensive rating (104.5) and play at the league’s 25th-fastest pace (93.63).

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Brooklyn – Magic Pre-Practice Interviews

2014 April 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

The Orlando Magic had a few days of reprieve and are back to work today in preparation for Wednesday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Jameer Nelson and Jacque Vaughn talked about the NCAA title game and hide very kind words to say about former Magic guard Kevin Ollie who led the UCONN Huskies to the championship last night. Also, the peeling of the onion layers that are Andrew Nicholson and his Sophomore slump continued as the Canadian talked about his frustrations and trying to right the ship.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Andrew Nicholson:

 

Jameer Nelson:

Interesting to hear Jameer mentioning that Doron Lamb will not be shielded from Kentucky Wildcats criticism in the coming days. Nikola Vucevic wasn’t available to be interviewed as he was receiving treatment on his foot, so his status with that sore Achilles heel is unknown for Wednesday at this time.

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

Marcus Smart officially declares for 2014 NBA Draft

2014 April 8
by Brian Serra

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To many the declaration appears to have come one year late, but Oklahoma State University PG Marcus Smart has officially declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. In a private interview with The Oklahoman, Smart repeated his continued line that he has no regrets about returning to school for his Sophomore year rather than declaring for the 2013 draft. Many draft experts believed he would have likely been the Orlando Magic’s second overall choice last year.

“I had a great season here at Oklahoma State,” Smart said. “It’s weird, because I didn’t go to the NBA Draft last year, I chose to come back – which I do not regret at all. A lot of people say I made the wrong decision. But who are they to tell me what I should have done? It’s me, not them.” – Smart, to The Oklahoman

This year, should the Orlando Magic remain slotted in the top-3, it’s not as likely that Smart would end up in blue and white. Should the Magic tumble to the fourth or fifth draft slot, it’s likely that Smart will be competing for the Magic’s admiration with fellow top-tier PG Dante Exum. Should other players rise and Smart begin to fall throughout the draft process, he could very well be in play with Orlando’s second 1st round pick which looks to be either the 11th or 12th selection (the worst pick out of the Nuggets and Knicks – WoNK). read more…

Orlando Magic defeat depleted Timberwolves

2014 April 6
by Brian Serra
Moe Harkless attacks the rim against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Moe Harkless attacks the rim against the Minnesota Timberwolves

It took a 4th quarter rally for the Orlando Magic to defeat an injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves squad, but the hometown team pulled out the victory in the end. The Magic were keyed by a 24-11 run over an eight minute span in the 4th, led by Victor Oladipo’s 10 points in the final frame and Tobias Harris who had six points and five rebounds in the 4th.

Both players came off the bench again for the Magic, but each played the entire 4th quarter. Harriss would finish with 17 points on the night and Oladipo finished with 16 points and six assists. Arron Afflalo led the team in scoring with 18 points. read more…

Game Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves at Orlando Magic

2014 April 5

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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Charlotte Bobcats 91-80 behind 29 points and 16 rebounds from Al Jefferson Friday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves were last in action Friday when they defeated the Miami Heat 122-121 in double overtime.

These two teams met back on October 30 and the Timberwolves defeated the Magic in overtime 120-115. Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds.

The Magic rank 28th in offensive rating (99.2), 17th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.06). The Timberwolves rank ninth in offensive rating (105.7), 13th in defensive rating (103.7) and play at the league’s fourth-fastest pace (99.82).

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Bobcats Breeze By Orlando Magic

2014 April 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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If you don’t know, the Orlando Magic have been historically horrendous on the road this season. They’re still stuck on a franchise-low 4 road wins this ’13-’14 season as the Charlotte Bobcats manhandled their visitors 91-80 on Friday night. The always feared Josh McRoberts didn’t even play due to an ankle sprain. Magic shot 35.6 FG% for the game. This was the last time Orlando faced the Charlotte franchise as the ‘Bobcats’. They’ll be the ‘Hornets’ next time these two sides meet. As it should be.

Al Jefferson was ridiculous the entire evening as he posted a beastly 29 points and 16 rebounds. Kemba Walker snuck in a triple-double with 13 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists as Charlotte owns a 38-38 record. Huge respect to Head Coach Steve Clifford. Victor Oladipo was one of the few Magic bright spots as the rookie responded after only producing a 4-point first half. The Rookie finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dewayne Dedmon has continued to embrace his opportunities as he finished with a career-high 8 rebounds and his season-best 7 points.

 

  • Nikola Vucevic is one of few centers who have gotten the better of Al Jefferson this season. So naturally, ‘Vooch’ was a very late scratch due to a sore left Achilles.
  • It was Nik’s 19th missed game this season. Andrew Nicholson got his 5th start of the season with Kyle O’Quinn sliding over to the center spot.
  • Orlando didn’t score until O’Quinn made a baseline bunny at the 8:55 mark of the first.
  • Kemba Walker tweaked his ankle early in the contest, and Maurice Harkless’ clean block almost ripped Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s spine out, and yet Charlotte still led 20-19 after one quarter.
  • The Magic were up 25-24 before Charlotte went on an 8-0 run early in the 2nd period.
  • Even though he bit on a lot of Al Jefferson pump fakes, Dewayne Dedmon’s 10 first half minutes were a treat to watch. The USC product had 6 points and 4 boards at half.
  • Speaking of Jefferson, he paced Charlotte with 21 points (Orlando starters only had 18) and 11 boards as the Bobcats led Orlando 53-36 at the break. Magic were shooting an awful 34.1 FG%.
  • The 3rd quarter was horrendous until Orlando went on a late 7-0 run to close the period. Bobcats were still in control up 12 entering the final twelve minutes of regulation.
  • Orlando did continue fighting and got the deficit within single digits, but the Magic didn’t have enough to make the contest competitive in the fourth.
  • Some ugly stat lines for Orlando. 5-of-20 shooting for O’Quinn. 2-for-10 for Afflalo. Doron Lamb didn’t attempt a shot in 21 minutes. Nicholson had only 1 attempt despite starting.

Your 21-55 Magic return to Orlando to host the Timberwolves on Saturday. Minnesota played in Miami tonight.

 

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