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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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Timberwolves-Magic Shootaround Interviews

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The 2-2 Minnesota Timberwolves are in Orlando to take on your 1-4 Orlando Magic who are seeking their first home victory. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says Kyle O’Quinn will most likely be a game-time decision tonight as he’s missed four games with a sprained left ankle. This is an improved T-Wolves team with Flip Saunders back at the helm. A nice mixture of youth and veterans. It’s going to be a battle of two Montenegrin centers, Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Pekovic. Ricky Rubio has found himself taking on a veteran role for teammates such as rookie Andrew Wiggins. This is going to be an intriguing challenge as there are some similarities between the two squads.

 

Channing Frye:

 

Below are interviews from Nikola Vucevic, Jacque Vaughn, Tobias Harris, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, T-Wolves Head Coach Flip Saunders, as well as some Magic shooting drill footage.

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Erie BayHawks Roster Cut Down to 14 Players

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Erie BayHawks – NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic – have made their first cuts as they waived guard Marcel Anderson, guard Marquis Weddle, and center Alvin Brown as they are currently in training camp. The active roster now stands at 14 players.

Remaining Training Camp Roster:

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The BayHawks start their season on November 14 when Erie travels to Idaho to face the Stampede on back-to-back nights. The BayHawks then head to Erie Insurance Arena for their home tip-off weekend to host the defending D-League Champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

 

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

 

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Magic Fan Viewer Appreciation Night Set for November 12th

2014 November 6

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The Orlando Magic and FOX Sports Florida will award five random fans with great on-air prizes during the live November 12th television broadcast of the Magic’s road game against the New York Knicks. Click here to enter. You must be 18 years old or older and be a resident within 75 miles of Orlando.

Four (4) first prize winners will receive an Orlando Magic Pride Jersey. One (1) grand prize winner will receive a Pride Jersey and a trip for 30 to an Orlando Magic game with transportation on the FOX Sports Fan Express! Twenty-five (25) second prize winners will also win a prize pack from FOX Sports Florida and the Orlando Magic. No purchase necessary, folks have until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 9th to enter.

 

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

 

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Magic to Host Seats for Soldiers Night on November 7th

2014 November 6
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation have teamed up for the 11th consecutive season to honor military men, women, and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night this coming Friday on November 7th when the Magic take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amway Center at 7 p.m. that evening.

The event provides game tickets for more than 2,000 active and retired military personnel and their families courtesy of the Magic, Harris Corporation, and season ticket holders who donated their seats for the occasion. Seats for Soldiers participating military outfits include Patrick Air Force Base, The Wounded Warrior Project, Orlando Marine affiliate, Orlando Army affiliate, MacDill Air Force Base, U.S. Army PEO STRI, and Greater Jacksonville Area USO.

Harris is also providing courtside seats to US Army Sgt. Bacary Sambou and his family to acknowledge his sacrifices. Sgt. Sambou was wounded in action in March 2012 and will be honored in a special halftime presentation during the game.

Sgt. Sambou, joined the Army in October 1997, and is an active duty Army member who was wounded in action by an improvised explosive device while delivering supplies to a sister unit in Afghanistan. During the explosion, Sgt. Sambou suffered a spinal cord injury, two broken ribs, a broken foot, and mild traumatic brain injury. For his courageous efforts while on tour, Sgt. Sambou received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

“It is truly the Orlando Magic’s honor to recognize the brave men and women who dedicate their lives in service of our great country,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins.  “Together with Harris Corporation, we recognize the sacrifices made by not only the men and women in uniform but their families as well. They are all heroes.”

On Friday the Magic will also host a military-themed pre-game Fan Fest presented by FanDuel including military Humvees, a rock wall, and military simulators. Other highlights include volunteer uniformed officers distributing game programs to fans entering the Disney Atrium, the national anthem performed by a military member, and a military-themed performance by the Magic Dancers. The Magic, Harris, and Levy Restaurants will host a postgame reception for more than 100 pre-selected active and retired military personnel and their families, with food and beverage courtesy of Levy Restaurants and an opportunity to meet Magic players.

The night will also feature recognition of a Hometown Hero presented by Harris Corporation, Staff Sergeant Steven Perez. Hometown Hero is an ongoing in-game recognition honoring first responders in the Central Florida community including emergency medical, fire, police and military.

 

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

Tobias’ Game-Winner Resembles a Famous 2009 Magic Shot

2014 November 6
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photos by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Tobias Harris‘s game-winner Wednesday night can remind Orlando Magic fans of a very familiar shot back in 2009. You be the judge.

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Orlando Magic v Philadelphia 76ers, Game 4

I’d say there’s tops a 2-foot difference between the two. Same photographer too. Obviously Hedo Turkoglu‘s shot won Game 4 of the 2009 first round series against Philadelphia to even up that Sixers showdown and shift the momentum back to Orlando. Chasing Hedo were Courtney Lee and Rashard Lewis. Tobias had Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic running after him in celebration.

Hedo went vintage jersey pop to show off the ‘ORLANDO’. Tobias when new school with the little dance.

Willie Green was on the court for that ’09 play, and Green is now on this current Magic team.

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