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Magic and FOX Sports Florida Host Social Media Night Nov. 19th

2014 November 18
by Adam Papageorgiou

The Orlando Magic are teaming up with FOX Sports Florida to host “Social Media Night” on Wednesday November 19th when the Magic face the Los Angeles Clippers at Amway Center. Magic players Tobias Harris and Kyle O’Quinn will participate in a postgame Q&A.

Highlights of “Social Media Night” include:

  • Fans will have the opportunity during the game to send their tweets to @FOXSportsMagic and @OrlandoMagic, using the hashtag #PureMagicSocial, for a chance to appear on the broadcast and have their questions answered either on-air or through social media by OrlandoMagic.com, FOX Sports Florida on-air talent, Magic reporters and other celebrities/talent/Magic staff.
  • In-arena, two photo booths will be located on the Amway Center concourse. Fans can upload those photos using #PureMagicSocial. Photos will also be printed at the photo booth locations.
  • Fan Instagram and Twitter messages will be displayed on the Magic TV (center hung video board) throughout the game.
  • “Selfie Cam” during the game where fans will be prompted to take photos of themselves on Magic TV.
  • Fans can tweet song requests during the game to @orlandomagic using #PureMagicSocial. I will personally ask you all to demand 4-Tay’s Playaz Club in honor of #MoreChampagne Mr. Evan Fournier.
  • Postgame Q&A with Magic players Kyle O’Quinn and Tobias Harris. The postgame Q&A will be streamed live on orlandomagic.com and the Magic Mobile App. The players will answer questions from fans in-arena as well as from fans on social media, who use #PureMagicSocial.
  • The Magic will also engage in random acts of #PureMagicSocial kindness throughout the day.
  • FOX Sports Florida will reward fans with prizes and a ticket sweepstakes on www.MagicFanRewards.com. The website allows registered users to earn points answering Magic trivia, taking polls, giving predictions, entering broadcast codes and by joining conversations on social media. Fans are encouraged to use hashtags #MagicFanRewards and #PureMagicSocial in any tweet for bonus points once they are a registered user. Fans can be rewarded for their “fandom” just by using a phone, computer or tablet.

 

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

Magic Partner With Chick-fil-A For Hot Shot Promotion

2014 November 18
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Orlando Magic fans will be able to enjoy Chick-fil-A for free with the help of the Magic during the 2014-2015 NBA season with the Chick-fil-A Hot Shot Promotion. The Magic are partnering with Chick-fil-A to offer a free spicy chicken sandwich to any Magic fan in attendance at any home game in which the Magic hit 5 or more 3-pointers. To redeem their free sandwich, fans can take their ticket stub or seat locator stub/sheet into any participating Central Florida Chick-fil-A location the day after the team hits the mark. Tickets on mobile devices will NOT be accepted.

The Magic hit at least five 3-pointers in 32 regular season home games during the 2013-2014 campaign.

 

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

 

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Hustling Magic Men Demoralize Pistons in Detroit

2014 November 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic won 4 road games all of last season. After their 107-93 victory in Detroit on Monday night, the Magic are up to three away wins in this ’14-’15 campaign. Orlando shot 51.9% from the field. Orlando posted season-highs in assists (33) and 3-pointers made (13-for-26). Monday night Magic indeed. The Magic put on a ball movement clinic. Orlando won the fourth quarter 29-17.

Nikola Vucevic tallied yet another double-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists. Tobias Harris got a career-high 5 steals to go with his 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Evan Fournier would notch a career-high 8 assists to go along with his 14 points. Channing Frye added 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Victor Oladipo was the fifth starter in double digits with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Caron Butler led Detroit with 20 points while Brandon Jennings added 18 points.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: Efficiency and SVG’s Revenge

2014 November 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, Orlando Magic player social media posts, a random prediction that sticks to the Magic 8-Ball theme, any stats or tidbits you don’t find in our other MBO postings, and more. Basically a buffet of things that may slip through the cracks that are worth bringing up. 

 

#1: Can Evan Fournier Remain a Ridiculously Efficient Shooter?

 

 

Below are #2 through #8. read more…

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fractured Left Foot

2014 November 16
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

19-year-old rookie forward Aaron Gordon will be unavailable to play in future Orlando Magic games for an indefinite period of time. ‘AG’ fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. It occurred some time during Saturday night’s loss against the Washington Wizards. Aaron came off the bench and played 14 minutes, finishing with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Gordon didn’t exit the contest until there was 20.7 seconds remaining the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until Aaron was spotted in a walking boot after the game that anyone thought there was an issue with Aaron. Following the x-ray he took at the Verizon Center, Aaron will be evaluated more when the team returns to Orlando Tuesday morning. Aaron is rumored to be seeing a foot specialist in Charlotte this week. The Magic will play the Hornets in Charlotte on Friday.

Gordon joins the team’s injury report that has had Kyle O’Quinn out for the past 10 games with a sprained left ankle as well as Devyn Marble who has a strained right rotator cuff. That means possibly more playing time for Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, and even Willie Green.

So what’s the timetable for a fifth metatarsal fracture, and what is it? This type of fracture has a nickname, a Jones fracture. The fifth metatarsal is a bone on the outside of your foot. It’s what Kevin Durant is currently healing from – suffered in October – and his timetable for a return is 6-to-8 weeks.

Below is a lengthy chart of NBA players who have dealt with this type of injury before.

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Magic Fall in D.C. as Wizards Bench Does Heavy Damage

2014 November 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic looked like a tired squad on Saturday night as they lost 98-93 in D.C. to the Wizards. The Wizards shot 50.0 FG%, but Washington also got 48 points from their bench while the Magic only managed to get only 13 points from their reserves. All five Magic starters scored in double figures led by Tobias Harris who had 19 points. 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists from Victor Oladipo. Evan Fournier tallied 15 points, while Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye each added 14 points. Vooch snagged 11 rebounds as well.

Wizards had 6 players in double figures including 16 points each from Nene and Kris Humphries. John Wall notched 15 points and 10 rebounds. Otto Porter added 13 points off the bench and ten came from Rasual Butler. Head Coach Randy Wittman‘s squad showed why they should be favored to win the Southeast Division crown.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Bucks-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic were able to make fantastic adjustments in the interior after Milwaukee abused them in points in the paint during the first half. Victor Oladipo had a solid return and his teammates and Head Coach were very proud of his performance.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Tobias Harris.

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Victor Oladipo Returns as Magic Beat the Bucks

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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There was a new masked presence at Amway Center on Friday night. Victor Oladipo made his Orlando Magic regular season debut and it was certainly exciting. Orlando improved to 4-6 on the ’14-’15 campaign with an impressive 101-85 win. Oladipo came off the bench, but his impact was felt immediately at both PG and SG spots. In 25 minutes of action, Oladipo was a game-best plus/minus of +22. Victor tallied 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. He had 8 of the Magic’s 27 free throws. Orlando was 21-of-27 from the charity stripe, Milwaukee only managed 11-of-14. 3-point shooting was important as well. Magic shot 10-of-24 from long range, Bucks just 2-for-19.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic notched 18 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Evan Fournier added 15 points. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 19 points. Orlando won the second chance points battle 14-4.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Bucks-Magic Shootaround Interviews

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic take on the .500 Milwaukee Bucks at Amway Center on Friday. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has listed Victor Oladipo as questionable. Oladipo had his first full practice in Toronto since his facial fracture surgery. This would be a pleasant surprise if Victor plays since he’s only been out about two weeks since the surgical procedure. Kyle O’Quinn was also at shootaround but his left leg was in a walking boot and he was wearing glasses. He’s definitely unavailable tonight with the sprained ankle. Rookies Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker have a strong bond that preceded June’s Draft. The Bucks have a top 5 defense in the NBA and Jason Kidd deserves credit for tapping into that pool of talent so far.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Jason Kidd, and Jabari Parker. 

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Breaking Down Orlando’s Defensive-Winning Possession in NYC

2014 November 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite any disagreements you or I may have with Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn‘s player rotations or substitution patterns, we can all agree that Jacque had the best defensive lineup on the court when it mattered most. Orlando is up 97-95 with 3.5 seconds remaining. Knicks ball. At the last moment out of the New York timeout, Jacque inserts Elfrid Payton into the game to replace Luke Ridnour who had been playing 16 straight minutes. Elfrid guards Pablo Prigioni the inbounder. Aaron Gordon is on Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith has Evan Fournier defending him. We know what happens.

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At an obvious glance, it looks like J.R. Smith was thinking hero mode the entire way. That’s left plenty of Knicks fans furious because typically Carmelo Anthony is taking that shot.

 

Below we’ll go frame-by-frame on breaking down this game-winning possession for the Magic.

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