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Orlando Magic Black Tie and Tennies Gala Raises More Than $500k for Central Florida Community

2014 March 21
by Brian Serra

Orlando Magic Youth Foundation's Black Tie & Tennies GalaThe Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s (OMYF) Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala raised $564,000 with matching funds at .50 on the dollar provided by the McCormick Foundation. All proceeds benefit the OMYF.

The 24th Annual OMYF Black Tie and Tennis Charity Gala presented by INDOCHINO was held on March 15 at the Amway Center. More than 700 guests were in attendance for an evening of silent and live auctions, gourmet food, activities and interaction with Magic players, coaches and executives. One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award winner. This year Magic forward Tobias Harris was recognized for his efforts off the court and in the Central Florida community. Harris will receive $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. read more…

Second Half Collapse Dooms the Orlando Magic in Phoenix

2014 March 20
by Matt Jensen
Victor Oladipo got the start at PG on Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points and 9 assists but added 6 turnovers and shot just 6-18 from the floor.

Victor Oladipo got the start at PG on Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points and 9 assists but added 6 turnovers and shot just 6-18 from the floor.

The Orlando Magic fell to the Phoenix Suns 109-93 on the second night of a back to back. The Magic stuck around a little longer than last night, waiting until the end of the 3rd quarter to begin their nosedive. Orlando was led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 23 points. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo also scored in double figures, and that was about it for the road team.

Phoenix was paced by Goran Dragic with 18 points. The Suns netted five players in double figures overall.

The Magic played very well considering Jameer Nelson was sitting out due to a sore left knee, and Nik Vucevic was ejected very early with two quick technical fouls.

After a poor performance last night it was a pleasant surprise to see how well the Magic played in that first half.  The score was tied at 52 as the teams went in the locker room, and Im sure everyone that couldn’t find TruTV on their cable system was interested to see if the Magic could avoid another 3rd quarter meltdown.
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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns

2014 March 19
by Andrew Melnick
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The Orlando Magic were blown out by the Golden State Warriors 103-89 on Tuesday night. The Phoenix Suns were last in action Monday when they were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets 108-95. 

These two teams met back on November 24 and the Suns came away with a 104-96 win.

The Magic are 19-49 while the Suns are 38-29

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.3), 19th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.19). The Suns are eighth in offensive rating (106.7), 17th in defensive rating (104.2) and play at the league’s seventh-fastest pace (98.27).

Tip-off from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona is scheduled for 10:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

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Orlando Magic lose to Golden State

2014 March 19
by Matt Jensen

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The Orlando Magic fell to the Golden State Warriors 103-89 on Tuesday night to start off the four game West Coast road trip. The Magic were led in scoring by Nik Vucevic with 15 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter.  The Warriors were paced by  Stephen Curry with 23 points.

Orlando was able to stay with the powerful Warriors in the first half with good shooting and hustle, but ultimately Golden State was too much on this night.  A poor third quarter proved costly, as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were unguardable. The Magic will need to put this behind them quickly, as the road trip continues in Phoenix tomorrow night.

Orlando stated the game out strongly and the chemistry and energy  that’s present since Kyle O’Quinn has been insterted in the starting lineup seems to have provided a mini spark. It gives them more size and bulk up front, and the chemistry between O’Quinn and Nik Vucevic is very good.  This enables Coach Vaughn to bring in scoring and energy with Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris coming off the bench.  Lets hope this continues for the rest of the season to see what can develop with KOQ and Vooch.  The Magic shot very well in the first half, the only disparity coming from the free throw line. read more…

Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors

2014 March 18
by Andrew Melnick
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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Washington Wizards 105-101 in overtime Friday night. The Golden State Warriors were last in action Sunday night when they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112.

These two teams played on New Year’s Eve and the Warriors earned a 94-81 victory. The Magic were without Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic are 19-48 while the Warriors are 42-26.

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.4), 18th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.21). The Warriors are 13th in offensive rating (104.5), third in defensive rating (99.5) and play at the league’s fifth-fastest pace (98.63).

Tip-off from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California is scheduled for 10:30 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

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mBo #ReignOn Bracket Challenge Returns! Win $100 NBA Store gift card!

2014 March 18
by Brian Serra

Win $100 NBA Store gift card in the mBo #ReignOn Bracket Challenge!

The annual Magic Basketball Online Bracket Challenge is returning for it’s third run! Presented by Crown Royal for the first time this year, the mBo Bracket Challenge will encourage fans to #ReignOn as the rounds advance as entrants distinguish themselves from the competition.

This year’s top bracket in the challenge will win a $100 gift card from the NBA Store! Last place will receive 100 shamings.

Enter your backet here!

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Report: Orlando Magic to sign Dewayne Dedmon for remainder of season

2014 March 17
by Brian Serra

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With Dewayne Dedmon and Adonis Thomas both having their second 10-day contracts expiring at 11:59 on Sunday night, the Magic were faced with a decision to either sign them for the remainder of the year or to let them return the free agent pool. Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the team will retain Dewayne Dedmon for the final 15 games of the season.

Adonis Thomas was not retained. You can read more about Dedmon and his background here.

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Note: I previously reported on Friday night that the Magic would not be retaining either player. I was told by a trusted source within the Magic organization that Dedmon would not be retained. For whatever reason that may be, that looks to obviously not be the case any longer.

 

Tobias Harris Wins 2013-14 DeVos Community Enrichment Award

2014 March 16
by Brian Serra
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Orlando Magic Team Selfie at the Black Tie & Tennies Gala

The Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris was named winner of the 2013-2014 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award (CEA) Saturday night at the 24th Annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) Black Tie & Tennies Gala presented by INDOCHINO held at the Amway Center.  This marks the first time Harris has won the award.  The other finalist for the award included Jameer Nelson.

Each year at the Gala, the OMYF honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing other’s lives.  A panel of representatives selects the player.  In addition to receiving the award, Harris will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. read more…

Washington Wizards – Orlando Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 March 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

The Magic are developing a bad trend, building leads only to give them up and lose. Outsiders would immediately accuse Orlando of tanking. It just seems to be an unfortunate combination of horrible luck and growing pains. However, the Magic found a way to lose another contest where they were ahead. You just wish it didn’t occur on Darrel Armstrong ‘Legends Night’ and the final game of the season where the Magic wore their throwback black pinstripe jerseys. The best news from Friday evening seemed to be that Nikola Vucevic isn’t hurt badly. The worst is that Orlando has to sustain 15 more games of this season, the next four coming on a rough West trip.

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Click below for interviews from Arron Afflalo, Jacque Vaughn, Victor Oladipo, Jameer Nelson, and Tobias Harris.

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Orlando Magic will not retain Adonis Thomas

2014 March 14
by Brian Serra

In a not so surprising move, the Orlando Magic have chosen to not sign a contract with Adonis Thomas for the remainder of the season. Adonis was on his second 10-day contract, which will expire on Sunday night. The Magic will practice on Sunday, but do not play again until Tuesday night in Golden State.

Once a player has had two 10-day contracts with a team, they must choose to either sign them for the remainder of the season or let them walk. With a healthy roster, a West Coast road trip looming and limited opportunities, Adonis was not retained. He can be resigned by the Magic at any point for the remainder of the year.

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Orlando Magic fall in overtime to Wall, Wizards

2014 March 14
by Brian Serra
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The Orlando Magic looked like they were going to escape with a home victory on multiple occasions before eventually falling in overtime to the Washington Wizards, 105-101. Orlando fell to 1-5 in overtime games this year.

Leading by five points with 48 seconds left, the Magic would carelessly allow John Wall to go on a 5-0 scoring run to the game with 10 seconds left in the game. With the final shot in regulation, Victor Oladipo took a terrible pull-up 3-point attempt – with the game tied no less – which missed badly and sent the game to overtime.

“We wanted to put the ball in Vic’s hands. Good defense by Ariza. Overall we would have liked a little more attack, a little more aggression.” – Jacque Vaughn on the final play of regulation.

In overtime, the bad luck continued. After a John Wall turnover, Jameer Nelson looked like he was coasting to a layup that would have put Orlando up three with one minute remaining. Instead, Bradley Beal chased down the play, blocked the shot and on the quick outlet Trevor Ariza drained a three. The five point swing only put the Wizards up by two, but the momentum shift essentially ended any hope for a win.

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Game Preview: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic

2014 March 14
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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Denver Nuggets 120-112 on Wednesday night. The Washington Wizards were defeated by the Charlotte Bobcats 98-85 on Wednesday.

These two teams met back on December 2 in Washington D.C. and the Wizards blew out the Magic 98-80 behind 16 points and 13 assists from John Wall.

They met again on February 26 and the Wizards got 27 points and seven assists from John Wall to earn a 115-106 victory.

The Magic are 19-47 while the Wizards are 33-31.

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.5), 18th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.23). The Wizards are 19th in offensive rating (102.9), 11th in defensive rating (102.8) and play at the league’s 20th-fastest pace (95.96).

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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