The theme of Wednesday’s disappointment of a performance seemed to be lack of effort and motivation. It’s sinking into these Magic players that the final stretch of this 2013-2014 season is about nothing but ping pong balls and trying to figure out which non-core players will still be contributing members of this Magic franchise come the offseason.
Click below for interviews from Victor Oladipo, Jacque Vaughn, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, and Jameer Nelson.
For the second consecutive game, the Orlando Magic blew a big first half lead to a team that is destined to join them in the NBA Draft Lottery.
And for the second straight game, the Magic could not fight their way all the way back, falling to the Denver Nuggets, 120-112.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 24 points while Nikola Vucevic had 20 points, 16 rebounds and three assists.
The Magic built a 13-point lead midway through the second quarter, but the Nuggets ended the first half on a 25-10 run, easily getting open look after open look to take a 52-50 lead at the half.
After quickly falling behind in the third quarter, the Magic quickly tied the game with an 11-5 run in which Afflalo and Jameer Nelson scored all 11 points. The Nuggets again dominated the end of the quarter, entering the fourth on a 19-8 run.
It looked like the Nuggets were going to cruise in the final quarter, holding a 12-point lead with just 3:38 to go. The Magic responded with a 7-0 run on two Oladipo free throws and a layup and three-pointer by Nelson. The Nuggers, however, answered with a three-pointer by Aaron Brooks, a block by J.J. Hickson and two free throws by Lawson. An Afflalo three-pointer, steal and two free throws got the Magic back within five. The Magic forced another stop on the other end, but Kyle O’Quinn was called for traveling and Brooks made a layup, essentially ending the game.
To get back in the game and eventually take the lead, the Nuggets took over in the paint, scoring 54 points down low.
Kenneth Faried led the charge with 26 points and nine rebounds and J.J. Hickson came off of the bench to score 20 points and pull down nine boards.
- It was good to see Afflalo find his groove for the first time since his injury. He shot 10-of-18 from the floor.
- Nelson had one of his better nights as far as efficiency goes, scoring 19 points on 12 shots.
- Victor Oladipo again struggled shooting the ball, going just five-of-12 from the field, but managed to finish with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
- Lawson was a fantastic playmaker for the Nuggets and seemed to make the right play almost every trip down the court. He finished with 17 points and 12 assists.
- Lawson’s backup, Aaron Brooks had nine points and seven assists and made very timely plays down the stretch.
The Orlando Magic were defeated by the team with the league’s worst record on Monday night when they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98. The Nuggets were also in action Monday night, losing to the Charlotte Bobcats 105-98.
These two teams met in Denver on January 11 and the Nuggets cruised to a 120-94 victory.
The Magic are now 19-46 while the Nuggets are 27-36.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.3), 17th in defensive rating (104.5) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.14). The Nuggets are 19th in offensive rating (102.9) 21st in defensive rating (105.2) and play at the league’s third-fastest pace (100.07).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
The Orlando Magic is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank, FOX Sports Florida and WOFL FOX 35 for Hoops for Hunger Night tonight when the Magic take on the Denver Nuggets, tip off set for 7:00 p.m. The team will donate $5 for every ticket purchased through www.OrlandoMagic.com/hunger to the March 12 game to Second Harvest Food Bank’s Hi-Five Kids Pack Program.
In an effort to raise awareness for this cause, the Magic will utilize its internal assets including orlandomagic.com, instagram, twitter and facebook; FOX Sports Florida will promote the night in-game and leading up to the game; and FOX 35 has been airing a PSA featuring Magic players Victor Oladipo and Kyle O’Quinn. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to participate in Second Harvest Food Bank’s virtual food drive at Fan Fest pregame and during the game the Magic will highlight many of its initiatives in the fight against hunger, encouraging fans to get involved.
The Hi-Five Kids Packs Program provides nutritious meals to underserved children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. Each Pack contains kid-friendly food such as cereal, fresh milk and juice, fruit cups and more. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida partners with 23 public elementary schools in the tri-county area to distribute the Hi-Five Kids Packs to children who participate in the schools’ free and reduced-cost lunch programs.
Dunks, drives, dishes, dunks, dunks and more dunks in last week’s Top 10 NBA #ReignOn Plays of the Week presented by Crown Royal. Somehow I think the voters of the Top 10 have grown some Blake Griffin dunk fatigue because the alley-oop finish he had against the Lakers is purely unreal. Check out the NBA’s Top 10 from March 2nd – March 8th.
The Orlando Magic came out of the gate looking like they would cruise to an easy victory against the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. That appearance was a fallacy, as Orlando blew an 18-point early lead to fall 105-98 in Milwaukee. Orlando fell to just 4-30 on the road this season.
Leading 31-13 early in the second quarter, Orlando was running all over the court and playing the type of scrappy basketball that has been the staple of the team over the last month. The remainder of the game would see Milwaukee becoming the attacker and flipping the script completely on a Magic team that was a half step slow on too many occasions.
Brandon Knight would start the 4th quarter on an immediate 9-0 run, by himself, to give the Bucks their first lead since early in the game. With the Magic trailing by three points with just over six minutes left, the Bucks went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes of game play to put the Magic away for good.
The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 121-112 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Milwaukee Bucks were last in action Saturday when they were defeated by the Washington Wizards 114-107.
These two teams met back on November 13. Arron Afflalo’s 36 points powered the Magic past the Bucks 94-91.
They met again on January 31 and the Magic defeated the Bucks 113-102 behind Afflalo’s 21 points.
They played for a third time on February 18 and the Bucks earned a 104-100 victory.
The Magic are 19-45 and the Bucks are 12-50.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.3), 19th in defensive rating (104.5) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (96.13). The Bucks are third-to-last in offensive rating (98.8) second-to-last in defensive rating (107.6) and play at the league’s 25th-fastest pace (94.19).
Tip-off from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
The Orlando Magic fell to the Houston Rockets 101-89 in Dwight Howard’s second return to the Amway Center Wednesday night. The San Antonio Spurs blew out the Miami Heat 111-87 in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals Thursday night.
The Spurs defeated the Magic 109-91 in Orlando on November 29 behind 19 points and nine rebounds from Tim Duncan.
The Magic are now 19-44 while the Spurs are 45-16.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.1), 17th in defensive rating (104.2) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (96.04). The Spurs are seventh in offensive rating (107.5), fourth in defensive rating (100.4) and play at the league’s 12th-fastest pace (96.79).
Tip-off from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
On Friday, the Orlando Magic announced that they had officially signed center Dewayne Dedmon and shooting guard/small forward Adonis Thomas to second 10-day contracts after their first 10-day deals expired.
Dedmon (#3, 7’0”, 255, 8/12/89) has appeared in two games with Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 1.5 rpg. in 2.2 minpg. He has played in 17 combined games this season with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. in 9.4 minpg. He also appeared in 15 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 15.2 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.33 blkpg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 33.7 minpg.
Thomas (#8, 6’7”, 235, 3/25/93) has appeared in three games with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. in 7.6 minpg. He played in 26 games (21 starts) with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 35.1 minpg., while shooting .469 (38-81) from three-point range.
In 10 days, the Magic will have decide if they want to keep either player for the rest of the season or release them.
Losing at home is always deflating for the Orlando Magic locker room. Although no one will it admit it, it appeared that Wednesday night was worse than usual since their defeat came at the hands of Dwight Howard and his Rockets. Arron Afflalo played decently in his return, but his solemn demeanor wouldn’t accept any compliments on his 8-of-16 evening. Tobias Harris took full responsibility for the loss after shooting a bad 3-for-12. It’s one of those games this franchise will quickly forget as they forward to their brief road trip.
Click below for interviews from Jacque Vaughn, Arron Afflalo, and Kyle O’Quinn.
Dwight Howard continued his winning ways in Orlando on Wednesday night, just as he has for his entire NBA career. Sadly, of course, it was as a member of an opposing team. Dwight’s Houston Rockets overcame a fiery effort from his former team, defeating the Orlando Magic 101-89.
It was the second return visit for Dwight, who was once again welcomed with a strong ovation of boos from the Orlando crowd who pretended to still care that he once divorced them in a rather bitter breakup. As the game proceeded, the boos would dissipate and fans began to focus on cheering their current team rather than concern themselves with the past.
Dwight, now healthy and regaining his dominant form of yore, was cheerful both before, during and after tonight’s game. It helped that he put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in just 31 minutes and certainly helped even more that he left with a win – a win for a team with a 3-seed, and not a lottery 3-seed like Orlando.
For the second time this season, Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. Oladipo had previously won the award for the month of December.
In 12 February games, Victor put up 14.7 points per game, 4.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. For the season, Oladipo is averaging 13.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4 apg.
His main rival overall for the Rookie of the Year award, Michael Carter-Williams, won the Eastern Conference award in November and January. MCW is averaging 17 ppg, 6.2 apg and 5.4 rpg on the season.
Lake Howell graduate Nick Calathes won the February Rookie of the Month for the Western Conference.