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Devyn Marble is Assigned to Erie BayHawks

2014 December 26
by Adam Papageorgiou
Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports

Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic guard Devyn Marble has been assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn discussed the move to get the 22-year-old some playing time during the Cavaliers pregame interview.

The 6’6″ Marble has appeared in five games during his rookie season with Orlando, averaging 0.8 ppg. in 1.0 mpg. He was out several weeks due to a strained right rotator cuff and is now fully healed and ready to begin his D-League assignment. Originally selected in the second round (56th overall) by Denver, the Iowa Hawkeye’s draft rights – along with Evan Fournier – were acquired by Orlando in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26th.

Erie is about to begin a 3 games in four nights home stand that kicks off Saturday when the BayHawks host Bakersfield. Erie owns a 6-8 record and are currently 3rd out of five teams in the Atlantic division.

 

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

Celtics-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

2014 December 23
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.

There may have been some relief in the Orlando Magic locker room following the victory over Boston, but those players know there’s plenty to improve on still. At least everyone gets to enjoy the holidays with smiles on their faces.

Tobias Harris:

 

Below are videos from Jacque Vaughn, Victor Oladipo, and Kyle O’Quinn.

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Magic Beat Boston Despite Almost Blowing 27-Point Lead

2014 December 23
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

 

After over a week of rough losses, the Orlando Magic needed a victory in the most desperate of ways. They got it, but it wasn’t easy. The Magic led by as many as 27 points and never let the Celtics lead, but their 100-95 victory was beyond nerve-racking until the conclusion of the contest. The Magic survived despite losing the fourth period 35-15. Orlando shot 15-of-23 from the free throw line, 8-of-16 in the fourth. Orlando held Boston to 38.8 FG% in the game. The Magic are now 7-1 when they score 100 or more points.

The Magic were led by Tobias Harris with 19 points. Kyle O’Quinn and Nikola Vucevic each had 18 points. Elfrid Payton finished with 12 points and 7 assists. Jameer Nelson in his return, had 9 points and 11 assists. Tyler Zeller had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. Avery Bradley chipped in with twenty.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Jameer Nelson Returns to Amway Center in Celtics Jersey

2014 December 23
by Adam Papageorgiou

 

Former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson already made his Amway Center return in the preseason while wearing a Dallas Mavericks jersey. Let’s make it weirder by putting him in Boston Celtics green and wearing #28. Magic fans still gave Nelson a nice ovation during introductions.

 

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

 

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Tobias Harris Gives Gifts to Folks in Central Florida

2014 December 22
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

 

Let’s keep nice off-the-court Orlando Magic news flowing. Monday saw Magic forward Tobias Harris surprise a few kids from Howard Middle School as he took them shopping for the holidays. Harris also delivered gifts to two families in the Parramore area.

 

 

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Tobias Harris: “It’s Embarrassing” and More Sixers-Magic Postgame

2014 December 21
by Adam Papageorgiou

 

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Tobias Harris is right, it is very embarrassing for the Orlando Magic to have lost tonight.

Tobias Harris:

 

Below are interviews from Jacque Vaughn, Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, and Elfrid Payton.

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Boos and Outrage Follow Orlando’s Loss to Sixers

2014 December 21
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

Loud, vehement boos could be heard throughout the arena. No, the Orlando Magic were not playing in Philadelphia. The disapproving reaction came from 15,682 fans inside Amway Center on Sunday night as the Magic somehow managed to lose 96-88 to the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s about as low as you can get when you lose to the worst team in the NBA. It’s an embarrassing loss for a Magic team now 3-8 at ‘home’.

Orlando just couldn’t stop Philly’s dribble penetration. A lot of the blame goes to the guards/wings. The free throw line was a problem. Orlando finished 11-of-20 from the charity stripe while the Sixers shot 20-of-25. Orlando got out-rebounded 53-42. Michael Carter-Williams led the victors with 21 points. Victor Oladipo had 23 points. Evan Fournier added 16 points while Nikola Vucevic notched 19 points and 17 boards. Sixers had 3 guys get double-doubles: Henry Sims, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel. Stats mean nothing tonight. If there’s a panic button to hit for Orlando, smash the living daylights out of it. The fan base is furious with coaching and the players after this defeat.

 

Below is the full game recap. 

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Magic 8-Ball: Seth Curry, Flip-Flops and Please Don’t Lose to Philly

2014 December 21
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, Orlando 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: Despite the Utah Jazz Loss, Elfrid Payton Had Quite a Game

A career-high in assists and the rookie’s first ever NBA double-double.

 

Below are #2 through #8.

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Magic Host a Holiday Party for 21 Local Families

2014 December 21
by Adam Papageorgiou

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As part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving, Orlando Magic players and coaches on Saturday afternoon spread some holiday cheer to 21 pre-selected local families from the Seminole County Families in Transition program and the Osceola County School District. The Families in Transition program was established in April 2003 to serve the educational needs of children in the Seminole County school system who are considered homeless.

 

 The Magic players, coaches, and basketball operations staff spent time with the families doing arts and crafts, face painting, taking photos with Santa, distributing gifts, and serving meals. The gifts and the party were made possible through the generosity of the entire Magic team. It was an ideal opportunity for the team to forget any on-court frustrations.   

 

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

Orlando Players That Shoot Better Away From Amway Center

2014 December 20
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

There are 5 Orlando Magic players that shoot better on the road than at home inside Amway Center. One of those is Devyn Marble who has barely played and so I won’t mention him again because that’d be unfair. You may or may not guess the other four who have large roles on this 10-19 squad that is 3-7 at home so far this ’14-’15 campaign.

Victor Oladipo, Channing Frye, Kyle O’Quinn, and Ben Gordon.

Is ten out of 41 home games a good enough sample size? Debatable. But there are some noticeable differences.

Victor Oladipo:

7 Home Games: 30.3 mpg, 11.4 ppg, 28-of-82 FGs (34.1 FG%), 8-of-19 3s (42.1 3PT%), 16-of-22 FTAs (72.7 FT%)

13 Road Games: 33.0 mpg, 15.5 ppg, 77-of-149 FGs (51.7 FG%), 12-of-25 3s (48.0 3PT%), 35-of-46 FTAs (76.1 FT%)

That’s a pretty staggering gap in shooting percentages. 17.6% worse at home than on the road. True shooting percentage of 43.6% at Amway Center compared to 59.4% elsewhere. The sophomore guard is really having a Jekyll and Hyde type of campaign. Vic’s struggles at point guard are getting more and more obvious and it’s only a matter of time before Coach Jacque Vaughn decides to abandon the Oladipo at PG experiment and get Elfrid Payton in as the true floor general.

Oladipo is crucial for this Magic team to win games. In victories that Vic has been part of, the Indiana Hoosier is averaging 51.4 FG%, 46.2 3PT%, and 82.6 FT%. I think Vic needs to play off the ball – especially early in contests – to get his confidence up with some simple cut buckets before you start throwing more ball handling duties into his hands.

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