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Magic Complete 20-Point Comeback to Defeat Boston

2015 March 8
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

On a beautiful Sunday evening in which the Orlando Magic were overshadowed by the 62,510 people attending Orlando City’s MLS debut at the Citrus Bowl, the Magic managed to come back from 20 points down against a Boston Celtics team keen on making the playoffs. The Magic won 103-98. They’re 21-43 on the season, James Borrego is 6-6, and the team is now 5-4 in their Pride jerseys.

 

  • The Magic were once again without Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Luke Ridnour, Willie Green, and Devyn Marble.
  • Elfrid Payton had 19 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, and 7 assists as the rookie has woken up again in March. Elfrid isn’t having much trouble playing 40+ minutes.
  • Neither is Victor Oladipo who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tobias Harris added 21 points.
  • Dewayne Dedmon racked up his second career double-double. A career-high 11 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. His energy kept the Magic in the contest.
  • How about Maurice Harkless? I was happy to see him put up a season-high 14 points as Maurice was all over the court and jamming home multiple dunks with plenty of thunder and drilling multiple 3-pointers.
  • Despite being down 31-17 after one quarter of action, Orlando held Boston to 39.3 FG% when it was all said and done.
  • Former Magic man Brandon Bass tallied 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Bassmaster even made a 3-pointer. Isaiah led Boston with 21 points off Brad Stevens’ bench.
  • Orlando surprisingly dominated at the free throw line. 20-of-30 on free throws while Boston only shot 13-of-16 at the charity stripe.
  • Boston shot a blistering 15-of-34 on 3-pointers, but Orlando’s season-high tying 56 rebounds kept them in the contest.

 

Orlando heads to Indiana to begin a 3-game road trip on Tuesday against the Pacers.

 

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

Tobias Harris Hosts Youth Clinic on New Basketball Court

2015 March 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In honor of the Magic’s March 6th Noche Latina presented by Chase and the annual Hispanic Heritage celebration, the Magic and Chase teamed up on Saturday to unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at Engelwood Elementary. Magic forward Tobias Harris, Magic Community Ambassadors Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson, STUFF the Magic mascot, and Magic Dancers joined the celebration. After the ribbon cutting, Harris, Outlaw, and Anderson hosted a mini-basketball clinic on the new court for the youth.

 

 

 

The Magic and Chase also surprised the school with $2,000 in brand new PE equipment. In addition to the mini-basketball clinic, the festivities included a bounce house and photo booth.

As Champion of the Community partners, the Magic and Chase have been working together on community projects that impact and benefit Central Florida. Since the partnership began, together they have refurbished six community sports facilities in the area – including Engelwood Elementary – with a goal of completing 10 total courts. The two are working to support local communities and to celebrate the Magic’s multicultural platforms, including the Magic’s Black History Month presented by Chase and Noche Latina presented by Chase.   

 

 

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

Erie BayHawks Trade for Keith Appling

2015 March 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Erie BayHawks – NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic – have acquired Keith Appling from the Los Angeles D-Fenders in exchange for the returning player rights to Cleveland Melvin.

Appling (6’1, 185, Michigan State) went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft and later signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was waived by the Lakers in October and was acquired by the D-Fenders as an affiliate player. Appling made 28 appearances this season with the D-Fenders, averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.6 apg, and 2.7 rpg.

The 23-year-old guard was a McDonald’s All-American and a Mr. Basketball of Michigan coming out of high school. At Michigan State, he was second-team All-Big Ten in 2013.

Appling is scheduled to play Sunday when the 16-22 BayHawks take on the Atlantic division-leading Maine Red Claws for “Salute Our Troops” day which is presented by LECOM.

 

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

Kings-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews Following the Victory

2015 March 6
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

The photo says it all. The Orlando Magic came mighty close to suffering another heartbreaking defeat, but the 9-man Magic squad pulled together and survived to hold off Sacramento. It’s a growing moment for a team that doesn’t have a playoff chase to focus on.

James Borrego:

 

Below are interviews of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Channing Frye, and Elfrid Payton,

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Injured Magic Snap 4-Game Skid with Strong Showing Against Sacramento

2015 March 6
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic survived a crazy contest on Friday night, defeating the Sacramento Kings 119-114. After a dominant first half, Orlando would find themselves trailing in the fourth period before completing a late comeback. Orlando shot 56.5 FG%, but the Kings took advantage of a massive free throw attempt advantage (38-12).

Orlando was once again led by Victor Oladipo with his 32 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals. Vic is the second Magic player EVER to have that type of stat line. Darrell Armstrong did it in 1999Channing Frye had a season-high 22 points on a season-best six 3-pointers to go with 10 rebounds and a season-high tying 3 blocks. Elfrid Payton had 10 points and a career-high tying 12 assists.

It’s not often you see three Magic men with double-doubles. It’s the first time 3 magic men had double-doubles since February 26, 2014 when Orlando played the Sixers. It’s also the 8th time in Magic history two Magic men got points-assists double-doubles. Last time it happened was December 19, 2003 against the Warriors when Tracy McGrady and Rod Strickland teamed up.

Tobias Harris added 19 points. Andrew Nicholson poured in a season-high of 14 points off the bench and Ben Gordon contributed 12 points. Sacramento was led by 39 points from Rudy Gay and 29 points and 12 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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The Orlando Magic Will Celebrate Noche Latina on Friday and Unveil Court on Saturday

2015 March 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In appreciation of the Orlando Magic’s Hispanic fan base, the Magic will host Noche Latina presented by Chase bank on Friday March 6th as the team goes up against the Sacramento Kings at Amway Center. The night includes a special postgame concert presented by Gasolina featuring Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, Angel y Khriz. In addition to the concert, fans will enjoy Latino-inspired music, dance, food, and more.

Other activities at Amway Center in honor of Noche Latina include:
· Neco Pena will perform live at Fan Fest presented by FanDuel before the game
· Amway Center/Levy Chef to feature a cooking demonstration of special Latin-inspired cuisine at Fan Fest pregame
· The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar at Fan Fest
· Latin-inspired food will be available throughout the Amway Center during the game
· The Magic Dancers will perform a special Latin-inspired routine
· Halftime performance by Latin Flavor
· Grupo Swing will perform live at ‘Ronas & ‘Ritas
· The first 5,000 fans will receive Vamos Magic! cheer cards

In addition to the Noche Latina festivities, Chase, and the Magic will join together on Saturday March 7th to unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at Engelwood Elementary. The Magic and Chase will also donate funds to Engelwood for brand new physical education equipment. The Magic and Chase visited the school last week to surprise the students with the news their school was selected for an upgrade to their court.

Since its inception in 1989, the Magic has been committed to the Hispanic community and has instituted a variety of initiatives to reach its multicultural fan base throughout Central Florida. Under the leadership of Magic CEO Alex Martins, the Orlando Magic created a multicultural insights focus in 2008. The team’s goal is to create an inclusive environment in which community partners, fans and employees feel welcome, valued, and appreciated.

 

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

Andrew Nicholson Promotes Literacy with a “Storytime” for Youth

2015 March 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In an effort to develop lifelong learners through literacy and education, the Orlando Magic and Florida Blue along with Magic player Andrew Nicholson, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, and Florida Blue Senior Market President Tony Jenkins on Thursday afternoon held a “storytime” with approximately 40 local youth from Children of Dream Big Preschool of Learning on at the Orlando Public Library. The storytime is part of the Magic’s Baskets for Books program presented by Florida Blue.

For the fifth season, the Magic and Florida Blue teamed up to develop lifelong learners through the Baskets for Books Program. For every point made by the Orlando Magic at every home game one book is donated to the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. Since the program began, more than 34,500 books have been donated to the Early Learning Coalition. More than 4,500 books were donated last season with the help of Houghton Mifflin & Harcourt Publishing Company.

The Baskets for Books program provides a way to continue the team’s literacy efforts, one of the Magic’s three focus areas. Based on the need in this area, literacy remains a point of emphasis for the Magic. The research below is provided by the U.S. Department of Education during the most recent fiscal year.
· 80% of the preschool and after-school programs serving at-risk children do not have access to books.
· 61% of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes.
· By age four, children who live in low-income homes will have heard 32 million fewer words than children who read on a daily basis and have access to books in their home.

 

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

Frustration Builds for Magic Locker Room After Loss to Suns

2015 March 4
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

The Orlando Magic are on a 4-game losing streak, and all you have to do is watch Tobias Harris‘ face and his body language following another tough defeat. Victor Oladipo doesn’t care about his 38 points, not in a loss.

Victor Oladipo:

 

Tobias Harris:

 

James Borrego:

 

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

Magic 3rd Quarter Collapse Stands Out in Loss Against Phoenix

2015 March 4
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite a fantastically played first half, the Orlando Magic got doubled up 34-17 in the third period and lost 105-100 to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Another disappointing home defeat as Orlando is now 9-21 at Amway Center. Orlando lost the turnover battle 21-19 as Phoenix had the 18-12 fast break points advantage.

Victor Oladipo had a Magic season-high and career-high 38 points in the loss. The 7 turnovers weren’t ideal. Nikola Vucevic added 18 points. Tobias Harris had 11 points, but was held scoreless in the second half as he can’t seem to put two good halves together. Elfrid Payton had 9 points, 10 assists, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds along with 5 turnovers. Phoenix was led by Brandon Knight who had 28 points and clutch free throws late. P.J. Tucker scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Markieff Morris added 23 points.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Devyn Marble Out 4-6 Weeks with Detached Retina

2015 March 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Orlando Magic rookie guard Devyn Marble has suffered a detached retina in his left eye, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced on Wednesday. Marble is expected to miss four to six weeks of action. That means his 2014-2015 campaign could be over. It is unknown as of now how Devyn suffered the detached retina. It could have happened at a previous Magic practice, possibly while Marble was with the Erie BayHawks. It very well could be a non-contact injury. Marble wears contact lenses. Marble says he’s experienced blurry vision for the past month.

Marble (6’6”, 200, 9/21/92) has appeared in 16 games (seven starts) during his rookie season with Orlando while averaging 2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, and 1.1 apg at 13.0 minutes per contest. He also played in six games with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League while averaging 13.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 1.2 spg at 30.3 minutes per contest.

Best wishes to Devyn on his road to recovery. Jason Maxiell, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Matt Barnes have all had varying degrees of retina tears, and all have fully recovered from the injury.

 

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