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Report: Tyler Ennis declares for the 2014 NBA Draft

2014 March 27
by Brian Serra

20140327-150528.jpgAccording to a report from Adam Zagoria of SportsNet NY, Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. Syracuse University has also officially announced that Ennis will declare for the draft.

Ennis was a top recruit coming out of high school, but wasn’t widely considered a top draft prospect until midway through his freshman campaign. The young point guard led Syracuse to a 25-0 record at one point, widely praised for his composure and all the traditional checkmarks we like to grade point guards on.

Basketball wise, good grades. Athleticism wise, average grades. Which leads to why he is viewed as a mid-late lottery selection, opposed to a top-tier selection.

Ennis will absolutely be in the mix for Orlando with their second first round pick, and should be considered a potential long term replacement for Jameer Nelson. He averaged 12.7 ppg and 5.6 apg on 40% shooting.

“I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse,” Ennis said in a statement released by the school. “This experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream to play in the NBA.”

You can view his DraftExpress profile here, which has him currently ranked as the 14th best overall prospect.

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Report: Joel Embiid to enter NBA Draft

2014 March 27
by Brian Serra

20140327-100201.jpgWhile it seemed likely that University of Kansas big man Joel Embiid would enter the 2014 NBA Draft, it seems rather certain at this point. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has reported that a formal announcement of his decision to turn pro will be coming soon.

Joel Embiid responded to top KU recruit Cliff Alexander saying that he has not made a decision yet. Both JoJo and Woj may both be correct in this case.

Embiid is projected by many draft experts to be one of the few elite prospects in the conversation to be the number one overall pick. At a minimum, his draft floor appears to be no lower than 5th overall – meaning he will certainly be in the draft conversation for the Orlando Magic.

The largest concerns over the 20 year old prospect are the same seen over the last few years for the majority of big men – a bad back. Embiid missed several games over the end of the season, including the NCAA Tournament because of the injury. As NBA teams get their doctors on the case, Embiid’s stock will either rise a little or drop a lot.

Embiid finished his freshman season at KU averaging 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.6 blocks per game. More importantly, he improved in all aspects of the game throughout the year – turning into arguably the team’s most important player (i.e. not Andrew Wiggins).

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Portland Trail Blazers – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 March 25
by Adam Papageorgiou

The odd success at home for Orlando continued Tuesday evening as the Magic found a way to hold an outstanding Blazers offense to just 85 points on 37.2% shooting. Sure LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play, but let’s ignore the details. What’s important is that the Magic are some how 16-18 at Amway Center despite still owning the third worst record in the NBA. Enjoy an in-depth Victor Oladipo postgame chat and reactions from Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic after their monstrous outings.

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Click below for interviews from Nikola Vucevic, Jacque Vaughn, and Tobias Harris.

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Orlando Magic break 9-game losing streak against Portland Trail Blazers

2014 March 25
by Brian Serra

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The Orlando Magic broke a nine game losing streak on Tuesday night, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 95 to 85. It was home sweet home for the Magic, who returned from a four game West Coast swing on Monday and looked re-energized being back in front of friendly fans.

Portland led by six points with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter before Orlando went on an uncharacteristic 16-0 run to close out the first half, giving the Magic an eight point lead at the midpoint. An 11-point 3rd quarter from Tobias Harris would push the lead t0 14 heading into the final frame – a lead the Magic would never relinquish.

Tobias Harris led Orlando with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Nik Vucevic had his own double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Overall, five Magic men finished in double figures.  read more…

Grant Hill Orlando Magic ‘Legends Night’ Interview

2014 March 25
by Adam Papageorgiou

Grant Hill is ready for closure with Magic fans, and so is the Orlando organization. ‘G-Hill’ is receiving his ‘Legends Night’ honor despite only playing 200 regular season and 4 playoff games in his 7-year tenure. For what it’s worth, the current basketball commentator provided an outstanding interview as G-Hill reflected back on his playing past. From believing that Tim Duncan to Orlando back in the summer of 2000 was a “done deal”, to confirming that he would’ve been more than happy to re-sign with the Magic in 2007 if not for upper management nudging him out the door so that Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson would accept more responsibilities. It’s a must-watch for Magic fans.

UPDATE: Magic fans gave G-Hill some soft applause in between the 1st and 2nd quarter. No boos, but not a loud reception. Fair.

 

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

Suite tickets available to Magic game supporting Holden Flynn Fund

2014 March 25
by Brian Serra

The Orlando Magic organization has generously donated a suite to the Holden Flynn Fund for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors and you can join them. There are a few tickets available, with all proceeds going directly into the fund.

Holden “The Tin Man” Flynn was born with a complex congenital heart defect that required four operations during 14 months of life. He passed away on January 5, 2014 at the age of 2 while awaiting a heart transplant. His story was the basis of a film that won the Orlando Addy Award in 2013, entitled “The Tin Man”. (http://bit.ly/thetinman)

The Holden Flynn Fund is a 503(c) charitable account (via Schwab Charitable) established to created a foundation that will raise awareness and assist families suffering from Congenital Heart Defects.

Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Orlando-Magic-vs-Toronto-Raptors-3-30-Suite-Tickets-Charity-Auction-/221397115196. At the time of posting, just four tickets remain. This is one of the final remaining home games of the season and a great chance to have a once in a lifetime “suite” experience, while also supporting a tremendous cause.

For more on Holden’s Story or to donate directly to the cause, visit: www.TinManFlynn.com
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Game Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic

2014 March 25

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The Orlando Magic finished their west coast road trip with the ninth straight loss, a 103-94 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. The Portland Trail Blazers were last in action Monday night when they were defeated by the Miami Heat 93-91.

There two teams met back on January 9 and the Blazers defeated the Magic 110-94.

The Magic enter with a 19-52 record while the Blazers are 45-26.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 18th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.27). The Blazers are fifth in offensive rating (108.4) 21st in defensive rating (105.2) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (97.78).

Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

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Top 10 NBA Reign On Plays of the Week [VIDEO]

2014 March 24
by Brian Serra

Check out the Top 10 NBA #ReignOn Plays of the Week, presented by Crown Royal, for March 16th through March 23rd. Your Orlando Magic make a guest appearance at number three, unfortunately it’s not quite in a positive manner.


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Orlando Magic Fall to the Lakers in Tinseltown

2014 March 24
by Matt Jensen

The Orlando Magic fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 on Sunday night.  The Magic were led in scoring by  Victor Oladipo’s 21 points and 10 assists,who was the team’s lone bright spot on the evening. It was a sloppy game for the most part filled with two teams with little to play for. The Lakers were led by Jordan Hill, with 28 points, 13 rebounds.  Nick “Swaggy P” Young chipped in 26 off the bench.

The Magic started out very slow and after last nights crushing loss, it was almost expected.  Jameer Nelson was out again with a sore left knee and Victor Oladipo, starting in his place, is getting markedly better at running the point and seems to be the only one to attack the rim with any regularity.  The majority of the first quarter saw both teams trade missed shots and turnovers.  This was not a rematch of the 2009 Finals. read more…

Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

2014 March 23

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The Orlando Magic lost a heart-breaker on Saturday night, falling to the Utah Jazz 89-88 on Trey Burke’s three-pointer with 1.6 seconds to play. The Los Angeles Lakers were last in action Friday when they were defeated by the Washington Wizards 117-107.

These two teams met back on January 24 and Tobias Harris’28 points and 20 rebounds powered the Magic to a 114-105 victory.

The Magic have fallen to 19-51 while the Lakers are 22-46.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 18th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.24). The Lakers are 22nd in offensive rating (101.1), 28th in defensive rating (107.5) and play at the league’s second-fastest pace (100.88).

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Video: Trey Burke drains game winner to beat Orlando Magic

2014 March 23
by Brian Serra

Coming into Utah riding a seven game losing streak, the Orlando Magic sat two seconds away from snapping the streak and securing a victory. Trey Burke had other ideas. With 1.6 seconds left rookie Trey Burke, who was starring in the NCAA Tournament this time last year, sunk a game-winning corner three pointer to give the Utah Jazz a 89-88 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Orlando was led by Victor Oladipo’s 19 points, who once again started at PG for the banged up Jameer Nelson. It was the 39th game that Victor has started this year. Arron Afflalo had 18 points and a team high six assists, while Nik Vucevic put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in 43 minutes.

For the Magic, it was a similar story that they’ve seen on the road all year. The young team just simply can’t finish games. While Burke hit a great, tough shot, it’s tough to measure any sort of progress when Orlando let’s games like this slip away. Up three points with 19 seconds left, they gave up a layup and then up two with 11 seconds left they gave up the Burke three.

Orlando owns a league worst 4-33 road record. The team, while playing close games, has last eight in a row with just 12 games remaining on the year. They are back in action on Sunday night on the road against the Lakers. Tip is set for 9:30 EST.

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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz

2014 March 22
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by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Phoenix Suns 109-93 on Wednesday night. The Utah Jazz were also last in action when they were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86.

These two teams met in Orlando on December 18. Trey Burke had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to an 86-82 victory.

The Magic are now 19-50 while the Jazz are 22-47.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.2), 19th in defensive rating (104.8) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.25). The Jazz are 24th in offensive rating (100.2) last in defensive rating (108.4) and play at the league’s 27th-fastest pace (93.67).

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