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.
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.
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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.
Orlando Magic players and coaches recently signed items during the team’s second internal autograph session. Each season, the entire Magic team autographs more than 1,000 items for schools, non-profit organizations, and other charitable events. The items signed included photos, basketballs, jerseys, shoes, and a variety of Magic paraphernalia all autographed using the official autograph marker of the Orlando Magic, Dixon Ticonderoga Redisharp Permanent Marker. The value of the exclusive autographed items is approximately $130,000. The items are distributed into the community during the season to assist charitable endeavors.
The Orlando Magic for the ninth straight game held an opponent under one hundred points, but Orlando got schooled 98-83 at Amway Center at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets looked like a team wanting to make the playoffs. Orlando shot an awful 36.5 FG% as the starters caved throughout the contest. Hornets shot 50.0 FG%.
Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 21 points. Tobias Harris added thirteen. Andrew Nicholson has a season-high tying 11 points off the bench. Mo Williams torched Orlando with 23 points and 11 assists. Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson, and Gerald Henderson all each contributed 16 points. Orlando’s bench played better than the starters tonight.
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The Orlando Magic will honor emergency medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and corrections officers with a First Responder Night today (March 1st) when the Magic take on the Charlotte Hornets. The night will feature the “Guns n’ Hoses” first responder basketball tournament, a VIP reception, halftime presentations, and the Harris Hometown Heroes recognition.
During the “Guns n’ Hoses” basketball tournament, Central Florida police officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and firefighters will compete on the Amway Center court prior to the Magic game. Harris will donate $5,000 to the 1st place team and $2,500 to the 2nd place team to contribute to the first responder charity of their choice. At a special reception, government officials, Magic CEO Alex Martins, and Harris Vice President of Government Relations Tania Hanna will recognize and meet with first responders. Florida first responders will also be recognized and celebrated throughout the game.
The Harris Hometown Hero program recognizes a Central Florida first responder prior to each home Magic game (emergency medical, fire, police and military). The Hometown Hero first responder receives four Ultimate Seats with access to Fields Ultimate Lounge and is recognized at center court before tip-off. First responders can be nominated by visiting www.OrlandoMagic.com/Hero.
The playoff chase not something this Orlando Magic team should be thinking about right now. They’re 19-41, 4-4 under James Borrego, are owners of the 5th-worst record in the Association, are on a 2-game slide, and are still an awful 9-19 at Amway Center. That’s where they begin a 4-game home stand starting with the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
There are only two numbers to worry about now at this point in the season: 22 and 6
22 – Number of games left in this 2014-2015 season
6 – Number of games back of the 8th seed in the East
6 games back is steep now that we’re beginning March, but Orlando has two weeks to make a dent into that deficit. It has to start now though. Forget about the disheartening Bulls and Heat losses. Disregard the difficult defeat in Atlanta after a hard comeback in the first half. It’s 4-4 under Borrego. Not 6-2 or 7-1. The 15-man roster has to push that to the side and look at these next 2 weeks as do-or-die time if they want any hope of being in the playoff race discussion.
All of those are winnable, even the over .500 Suns. Charlotte, Indiana, and Boston are all in the dog fight for those last two playoff spots. After those 7 games in the schedule, things get very difficult with the Cavaliers coming to town on March 15th. The Magic need to go 7-0 or 6-1. If they don’t, stick a fork in them because it’s not likely they’ll win in Texas or beat tough playoff teams like Portland. It goes against the ‘one game at a time theory’, but not much for Orlando has gone right this season so let’s look at things as one big 2-week period.
Orlando needs to be 26-41 or 25-42 going into the Cavs game or this season is over. 37-45 should be the target for getting the 8th seed in a weak East. Heck maybe 36-46 or even 35-47 could get you in, but that’s pushing it.
It’s great that Orlando finally hit a 3-game win streak recently for the first time in a year. They need to find a way to double it. The Magic’s fantastic defensively play – holding opponents to under 100 points in 8 straight contests – will be paramount in making this feat possible. The honeymoon period for Borrego is over. The mental psyche of the Magic has been tested with some heart-ripping defeats since J.B. took over on February 5th. We’ll really see what the team is made of starting Sunday. Either fight to the finish, or roll over and die so we can start projecting ping pong balls and lottery prospects.
I’d much rather the Magic rack up wins and start statistically projecting postseason odds than to be officially eliminated from the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year before we even reach April. The past few weeks have shown that Borrego can get this bunch of players to rally around each other and win without much practice time. The effort that was absent at the end of Jacque Vaughn’s run is now present once more. Now it’s about will and pride and who truly wants to avoid being on the couch come the postseason.
In the on-going celebration of Black History Month, the Orlando Magic, along with Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, and former Magic player Tony Battie, made a special visit to Evans High School on February 23rd for the Dream Orlando initiative. Dream Orlando is a multi-platform program providing curriculum to students to educate them on the rich history of African-Americans.
The initiative is a joint effort between the NBA, its teams. and EverFi – a leading education technology company – to create a digital curriculum which launched in 30 schools across all NBA team markets during Black History Month last season. The Magic supported the launch at Evans High School last year and has been tracking the progress of the students participating in the curriculum and rewarding those who successfully completed the program with tickets to home games.
The Magic celebrates diversity and embraces its many characteristics and the value it brings to both business and community—understanding what can be accomplished when everyone works together to achieve legendary moments. The Magic are committed to creating an environment in which employees, community partners, and fans feel welcome, valued, and appreciated.
The Orlando Magic were down 19-3 to open up their contest in Atlanta against the Hawks. Who would have thought Orlando would come back, take the lead at halftime, only to not have enough offensive power to take down Atlanta. Hawks won 95-88 on Friday night. Great effort by the Magic, but as usual it wasn’t seen in all four quarters. Atlanta was 14-of-31 on 3-pointers, doubling up Orlando’s makes.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 19 points while Tobias Harris tallied 15 points. Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 20 points while Al Horford had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jeff Teague scored all of his 17 points in the second half.
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