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Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo to Meet Fans in Lake Nona

2014 April 4
by Brian Serra

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As a warm up to the final game of the season and Fan Appreciation Night on April 16, the Magic and Chase will team-up to offer fans the opportunity to meet Magic veterans Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo and Magic rookie Victor Oladipo at a new Chase branch in Lake Nona to sign autographs and take photos. The public is invited to attend this free event.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 13824 Narcoossee Road,

Orlando, FL 32832

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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats

2014 April 4
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 119-98 blowout loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The Charlotte Bobcats were also in action Wednesday night when they blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 123-93.

These teams met in Charlotte back on December 11 and the Magic came away with a 92-83 victory behind 17 points from Jameer Nelson.

They met again on January 17 and the Bobcats got 30 points and 16 rebounds out of Al Jefferson en route to a 111-101 victory.

They played again on March 28 and the Magic rallied and eventually won the game in overtime 110-105. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 23 rebounds.

The Magic are now 21-54 while the Bobcats are 37-38.

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Orlando Magic to Launch Google Glass In-Game Fan Experience

2014 April 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are embracing the technological innovations that continue to enhance the NBA experience. On April 9th, there will be a special twist added to the Magic’s encounter with the Brooklyn Nets. The official Magic announcement should have fans beyond excited as the season winds down.

To further engage and enhance the fan experience, the Orlando Magic is unveiling Google Glass technology for the Magic’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, April 9.  The Google Glass in-game experience, in partnership with the software platform CrowdOptic, will capture new and unique perspectives of the in-game experience in real time and instantly share these views for all fans to see through Magic Vision, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue.

It isn’t known who will be wearing the Google Glass, but it sounds like it’ll be at least a handful of people. If all goes well with this launch, fans inside Amway Center can be expected to get involved.

Magic fans will experience the game through the eyes of a variety of Magic talent and in-game performers. In future games, fans throughout the night will be surprised with random one-of-a-kind Orlando Magic experiences and their reactions to winning these prizes will be captured for the entire arena to see.

 

“The Magic is always looking for new ways to engage and enhance the fan experience,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins.  “Google Glass and CrowdOptic provide a unique and organic opportunity for fans to see a different viewpoint of the game.  We are excited to test this technology with some of the savviest fans in the league.”

 

The experience will be powered by CrowdOptic, a software platform which analyzes the real-time Google Glass feeds and curates them by their subject matter and quality, exporting only the highest quality live footage to the scoreboard. CrowdOptic’s ability to analyze where mobile and wearable devices are aimed allows future opportunities, such as optimizing in-seat arena services or providing fans the option to control their own broadcast.

 

“The Orlando Magic is on the forefront of technology adoption for fan enhancement,” said CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher. “CrowdOptic is pleased to bring Google Glass to the Magic to further enhance their in-arena experience.”

 

I’ve been waiting for this type of event to occur since Victor Oladipo wore his Google Glass during the 2013 NBA Draft.

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

Cleveland Cavaliers – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 April 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

The Magic not only endured eating a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Cavs, but they got annihilated in the process on their parquet court. The only great news about blowouts is seeing guys like Doron Lamb actually get some well-deserved playing time. Also, Andrew Nicholson still has really short interviews. Poor Arron Afflalo. His eye gaze is the look of a man who just ran over a truckload of puppies. Orlando is 0-1 with Nikola Vucevic on Twitter, and he wanted to bury himself in his ice bucket for his legs.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Click below for interviews from Doron Lamb, Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, and Andrew Nicholson.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Clobber Orlando Magic

2014 April 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic pulled off a rare feat on Wednesday evening. They got blown out at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-98. It’s the largest loss at Amway Center for the Magic since November 20th when Orlando took a 28-point drubbing at the hands of the Miami Heat. 28 points is the largest Cleveland’s lead got in this contest as Mike Brown’s squad shot 57.7 FG% on the night with 3 players reaching 20+ points. They were led by Dion Waiters who hoisted up 10-of-15 shots and scored 26 points. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 16 points off the bench.

  • Tristan Thompson is proving to be the superior Canadian big man over countryman Andrew Nicholson. ‘Drew is constantly lost on a daily basis and really needs a lengthy offseason to get his game in order. Thompson had 10 points in a first quarter that found the Magic down 35-27.
  • The Cavs shot 37 free throw attempts the last time they faced Orlando, and they kicked off Wednesday’s first quarter with 11 free throw attempts.
  • Orlando allowed Cleveland to shoot 60.5 FG% in the first half. Worse yet, the Magic trailed 70-47 at halftime as four Cavs already had 10+ points. Spencer Hawes led Cleveland with 18 points on a career-high tying 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Just awful Magic defense.
  • The 70 first half points was a season-high for points scored by a Magic opponent.
  • Cavs held a 15-2 fast break point halftime advantage, as well as 38-16 points in the paint advantage.
  • I now count 4 Magic Gram marriage proposals having occurred this season as another one happened during halftime.
  • Even though they shot 9-of-21 through 3 quarters, Orlando was behind 94-68 entering the final period. The Magic had zero defensive answers.
  • It was perplexing that Tobias Harris got zero playing time in that 3rd period.
  • At least Doron Lamb reached double digit points for the 6th time in his career. He had a season-high 14 points.
  • There were no redeeming qualities in watching the 4th quarter.

The Magic hit the road for a meeting in Charlotte on Friday evening against the Bobcats.

 

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

Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic

2014 April 2
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic staged a fourth quarter rally, but fell just short of their third straight victory Sunday evening, falling to the Toronto Raptors 98-93. The Cleveland Cavaliers were last in action Sunday when they defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-76.

These two teams met once this season back on December 13 in Orlando. The Cavaliers came away with a 109-100 victory behind 31 points from Kryie Irving. Victor Oladipo had 26 points in the loss.

They played again on January 2 and the Magic blew a nine-point lead in the final minute, eventually losing in overtime 87-81. Anderson Vareajo had 18 points to lead the Cavaliers while Glen Davis had 16 points (on six-of-19 shooting) and 13 rebounds for the Magic.

They dueled for a third time on February 19 and the Cavaliers won 101-93 behind 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Irving.

The Magic are now 21-53 while the Cavaliers are 30-45.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.3), 17th in defensive rating (104.4) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.10). The Cavaliers are 24th in offensive rating (100.5) 20th in defensive rating (105.0) and play at the league’s 19th-fastest pace (95.44).

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Orlando Magic Center Nik Vucevic named NBA Player of the Week

2014 March 31
by Brian Serra

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The Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Mar. 24, through Sunday, Mar. 30. It marks the first time that Vucevic has been awarded with the league’s top weekly honor.

Vucevic led the Magic to a 2-1 week, which included wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats, behind averages of 22.7 points (sixth in the conference) and a league-leading 14.3 rebounds. He posted a point-rebound double-double in all three contests, including a 24-point, 23-rebound effort on March 28 during Orlando’s 110-105 win over Charlotte, his second 20-point/20-rebound game this season.

The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan was named the Player of the Week for the Western Conference. read more…

Toronto Raptors – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 March 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

You can tell that the officiating crew of Scott Foster, Eli Roe, and Kevin Scott were not adored by the Magic locker room after that controversial defeat. From Maurice Harkless not hearing Scott Foster count to 5 on the crucial inbounds violation late, to Jacque Vaughn being craftily sarcastic with the explanation as to how DeMar DeRozan had more free throws than his entire Magic team. Also, we found out Victor Oladipo now has to wear a sleeve on his right arm to help keep fluid from building up in his right elbow. At least Dewayne Dedmon had his moment to shine.

 

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Click below for videos from Maurice Harkless, Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic, and Jameer Nelson.

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Magic Rally Against Raptors Falls Short

2014 March 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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After trailing by 21 points in the 3rd period, the Orlando Magic lost 98-93 on Sunday to the Toronto Raptors. The Magic had the ball with 8.3 seconds remaining down 3 only to commit a 5-second inbounding violation as it appeared Maurice Harkless had requested a timeout in time only for Scott Foster to reward the Raptors with possession of the ball. You question why Kyle O’Quinn wasn’t the one inbounding the ball in the first place. Despite Toronto’s best efforts to hand Orlando the game, the Magic ran out of steam in the end.

Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn on free throw disparity: “I’m just going to say the referees were great throughout the game and I’m going to leave it at that.”

Free throws were the large difference in the end. 27 attempts to 14 in favor of Toronto with DeMar DeRozan alone shooting 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. You knew Toronto was all business when they spent their entire pregame introductions in a huddle. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan had 28 points while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 20 points for Toronto.

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Game Preview: Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic

2014 March 30
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic rallied to defeat Charlotte Bobcats in overtime Friday night 110-105. The Toronto Raptors were also in action Friday, taking down the Boston Celtics 105-103.

These teams met back on January 29 in Toronto and the Raptors defeated the Magic 98-83 victory. Kyle Lowry exploded 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

They played again on February 23 in Toronto. The Raptors upended the Magic 105-90. Lowry was excellent again, finishing with 28 points.

The Magic are now 21-52 and the Raptors are 41-31.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.2), 17th in defensive rating (104.4) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.18). The Raptors are 10th in offensive rating (105.3) eighth in defensive rating (101.7) and play at the league’s 22nd-fastest pace (94.51).

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Orlando Magic defeat Charlotte Bobcats in OT thriller!

2014 March 28
by Brian Serra
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The Josh McRoberts revenge game. Almost

The Orlando Magic overcame a 16-point deficit  on Friday night to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 110-105 in an exciting overtime game. Trailing by three with less than 14 seconds remaining, the Magic drew up a play that freed up Arron Afflalo to drain a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to tie the game and eventually force OT.

In the extra period, Orlando sank their free throws and continued to grind down the Bobcats to give the Magic their 17th home win of the season.

The Magic out-rebounded the Bobcats 57-36 on the night, creating countless second possessions for Orlando and exposing Charlotte’s lack of an interior defensive presence. Nik Vucevic was the benefactor on the night, completing his 6th career 20-20 game, by scoring 24 points and 23 rebounds. read more…

Game Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic

2014 March 28
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 95-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night, breaking a nine-game losing streak.The Charlotte Bobcats were last in action Wednesday night when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-111 in overtime.

These teams met in Charlotte back on December 11 and the Magic came away with a 92-83 victory behind 17 points from Jameer Nelson.

They met again on January 17 and the Bobcats got 30 points and 16 rebounds out of Al Jefferson en route to a 111-101 victory.

The Magic are now 20-52 while the Bobcats are 35-37.

They will meet again in a week.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 17th in defensive rating (104.4) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.22). The Bobcats are 23rd in offensive rating (100.8) ninth in defensive rating (101.8) and play at the league’s 21st-fastest pace (94.92).

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