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Magic Outlast Knicks In The Garden

2014 November 12
by Spenser Strode
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Evan Fournier is taking full advantage of his opportunity in Orlando. The Magic have entrusted the young Frenchman with late-game ball-handling responsibilities, and he is rewarding them in spades. Fournier, along with some clutch help from Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye, poured in a game-high and career-high 28 points to out-duel Carmelo Anthony and lead the Magic to an exciting back-and-forth win on the road in New York. Orlando is now 3-6 with the 97-95 victory. Nikola Vucevic contributed another double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Carmelo in defeat posted 27 points. There were 14 ties and 35 lead changes in the contest.

The Magic got off to another hot start, building a 6-point halftime advantage, but found trouble early in the second half as New York closed the gap thanks to surprising contributions from Samuel Dalembert and Jason Smith. Orlando battled fatigue on the second night of a challenging back-to-back, but persevered in the fourth quarter as they withstood multiple punches from Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and the rest of the Triangle Gang to hold on at the buzzer. A hopeful sign that this young team is learning the necessary lessons to keep a lead and close-out tight games.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: Gatorade, Graphics, and Documentaries

2014 November 12
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: Aaron Gordon Becomes a Gatorade Guinea Pig

Kidding, though the Body Pod is a little strange. Technology has allowed us to learn outstanding details about our bodies and what we need to properly hydrate and feed them.

 

Below are #2 through #8:

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Erie BayHawks Announce 10-Man Opening Day Roster

2014 November 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Erie BayHawks – the NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic – have set their 10-man opening day roster by waiving guards Kevin Anderson, Travis Betran, and Justin Simmons, as well as center Marcus Goode. Here’s a photo of the squad.

 

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Notable faces making the team include Magic training camp invites Seth Curry, Kadeem Batts, Peyton Siva, and Drew Crawford. Top D-League Draft picks Daniel Coursey, John Bohannon, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. are also on the team. Two tryout players from back in September, Jarvis Williams and Mike Schachtner, also made the final 10-man squad.

The BayHawks played their only preseason game on Sunday as they traveled to Canton to defeat the Charge 90-88. The BayHawks will travel to Idaho to open the season and face the Stampede on Friday and Saturday night. Erie then heads home to host their first games of the season on November 21st and 22nd.

 

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

Magic Squander Double Digit Lead in Toronto, Lose to Raptors

2014 November 11
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic are 2-6 after an extremely disappointing 104-100 road loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. It was Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Toronto. Well Magic fans will remember how their team had an 11-point lead entering the fourth period, only to watch it go to waste. Orlando for three quarters dominated the best team in the East, only to have turnovers as well as the questionable decision of Coach Jacque Vaughn playing Luke Ridnour over Elfrid Payton for the entire fourth period stand out as a large reason why Orlando lost.

There’s no reason for Ridnour to play 29 minutes while your stud rookie point guard sees the floor for only 18 minutes. Payton only had 2 points and 3 assists, but Ridnour was relegated to standing in the corner on offense and missing defensive help situations in critical time. Payton is a better distributor and defender and there’s no valid argument to change those two statements. Luke plays with great effort, but utilize your 20-year-old 6’4″ guard.

Evan Fournier had a season-high 24 points and 3 steals for the Magic. Tobias Harris added 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists in defeat. Channing Frye notched 19 points and 6 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic contributed 18 points, 8 rebounds, a career-high tying 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. A lot of that occurring with Ridnour guarding him.

So many great Magic performances wasted. Orlando finished with 17 turnovers while the Raptors coughed it up twelve times. Raptors won again thanks in large part to free throws. 25-of-30 at the charity stripe while Orlando only managed 10-of-16 on free throws. The Magic had 26 assists on their 39 field goal makes. Orlando was a season-best 12-of-25 on 3-pointers. Just didn’t pick up the road victory.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: Sons, Jordans, and Samurai

2014 November 10
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: Nikola Vucevic is Rising Up the Rebounding Record Books

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At least for the Orlando Magic franchise record books. Vooch is a rebounding machine, and he’s cracking the Top 10 early on in his third season with the Magic. If he remains in Orlando through his new contract extension and stays healthy, he’ll be the second-best rebounder in Magic history with only Dwight Howard left to hunt down. Nik should surpass Darrell Armstrong on defensive rebounds either Tuesday in Toronto or Wednesday in New York, then offensive rebounds shortly after.

 

Below are #2 through #8.

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Brooklyn Beats Orlando as Bogdanovic Leads Nets

2014 November 9
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic lost in Brooklyn to the Nets 104-96 on Sunday. The Magic went six minutes without a field goal make late in the fourth period and only managed to scored 19 points in the quarter. The problem of free throws as well reared its head as Orlando was 10-of-16 on FTs while Brooklyn was 20-of-23. Brooklyn out-rebounded their guests 45-31 including 14-5 on the offensive boards. However, Orlando on 52.0 FG% was still in the ball game but certain player substitutions didn’t pay off late.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 27 points and 12 rebounds but didn’t have a single shot attempt in the 4th period. Evan Fournier again was offensively efficient with 19 points on the day. Channing Frye finished with 13 points while Tobias Harris and Luke Ridnour tallied eleven each. Harris struggled with 4-for-13 shooting. Brooklyn was led with a career-high 22 points by Bojan Bogdanovic. A healthy Deron Williams notched 18 points and 7 assists. Mason Plumlee added a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Victor Oladipo Unveils Mask, Plus Magic Practice Interviews

2014 November 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Here’s some more fantastic Orlando Magic news following their victory on Friday night, Victor Oladipo has a protective mask. That means Oladipo is practicing on a limited basis. That doesn’t mean he’ll be back any time soon as he still needs to allow his facial fracture to heal. Hopefully guys like Elfrid Payton won’t bump his face too much in these practices. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says Kyle O’Quinn is out and won’t travel to Brooklyn to play the Nets on Sunday, but KOQ is expected to re-join the team later on in the 3-game road trip as Orlando also faces Toronto and the Knicks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Oladipo is cleared to travel and is with his teammates on the road. Aaron Gordon talked about his 3-point celebration and how he enjoys his radio show, Tobias Harris ribbed about cousin Channing Frye, and Nikola Vucevic discusses how fellow Montenegrin Nikola Pekovic‘s strength has made Vooch a better player.

Victor Oladipo:

 

Below are interviews from Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Jacque Vaughn, and Tobias Harris.

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Timberwolves-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic’s 5 top scorers on Friday night are ages 22, 22, 19, 20, and 24. You better believe that youthful Magic locker room was ecstatic in the locker room following the contest. Aaron Gordon broke down in detail Orlando’s clutch overtime victory that included plenty of drama. It feels great to be on a win streak.

Aaron Gordon:

 

Below are interviews of Jacque Vaughn, Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, and Evan Fournier.

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Magic Rookies Leave Massive Mark on OT Win Over Minnesota

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic improved to 2-4 on the season with a fantastic 112-103 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. It wouldn’t have occurred without rookies Elfrid Payton or Aaron Gordon. That’s not what you expect from a 19-year-old and 20-year-old participating in their first professional overtime periods. Elfrid Payton finished with 15 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds. Aaron Gordon notched a career-high 17 points off the bench as well as 6 rebounds. The Magic were led in scoring by 20 points from Evan Fournier. Tobias Harris contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Nikola Vucevic added fourteen points.

Orlando won despite committing 21 turnovers while the Timberwolves only coughed up fourteen, but the Magic had no turnovers in the overtime. Orlando out-rebounded Minnesota 52-38. Timberwolves were led by Kevin Martin who had 21 points. Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic each had 16 points.

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: “Why Would I Watch Orlando Play?”

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, 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: Words Hurt, Charles Barkley

 

 

Chuck didn’t know who Willie Green played for. Barkley also guessed that John Salmons played for the Magic. Good luck with your Lakers fasting, you’ll need it.

 

Below are #2 through #8.

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