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Magic 8-Ball: Efficiency and SVG’s Revenge

2014 November 17
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: Can Evan Fournier Remain a Ridiculously Efficient Shooter?

 

 

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Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fractured Left Foot

2014 November 16
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

19-year-old rookie forward Aaron Gordon will be unavailable to play in future Orlando Magic games for an indefinite period of time. ‘AG’ fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. It occurred some time during Saturday night’s loss against the Washington Wizards. Aaron came off the bench and played 14 minutes, finishing with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Gordon didn’t exit the contest until there was 20.7 seconds remaining the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until Aaron was spotted in a walking boot after the game that anyone thought there was an issue with Aaron. Following the x-ray he took at the Verizon Center, Aaron will be evaluated more when the team returns to Orlando Tuesday morning. Aaron is rumored to be seeing a foot specialist in Charlotte this week. The Magic will play the Hornets in Charlotte on Friday.

Gordon joins the team’s injury report that has had Kyle O’Quinn out for the past 10 games with a sprained left ankle as well as Devyn Marble who has a strained right rotator cuff. That means possibly more playing time for Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, and even Willie Green.

So what’s the timetable for a fifth metatarsal fracture, and what is it? This type of fracture has a nickname, a Jones fracture. The fifth metatarsal is a bone on the outside of your foot. It’s what Kevin Durant is currently healing from – suffered in October – and his timetable for a return is 6-to-8 weeks.

Below is a lengthy chart of NBA players who have dealt with this type of injury before.

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Magic Fall in D.C. as Wizards Bench Does Heavy Damage

2014 November 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic looked like a tired squad on Saturday night as they lost 98-93 in D.C. to the Wizards. The Wizards shot 50.0 FG%, but Washington also got 48 points from their bench while the Magic only managed to get only 13 points from their reserves. All five Magic starters scored in double figures led by Tobias Harris who had 19 points. 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists from Victor Oladipo. Evan Fournier tallied 15 points, while Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye each added 14 points. Vooch snagged 11 rebounds as well.

Wizards had 6 players in double figures including 16 points each from Nene and Kris Humphries. John Wall notched 15 points and 10 rebounds. Otto Porter added 13 points off the bench and ten came from Rasual Butler. Head Coach Randy Wittman‘s squad showed why they should be favored to win the Southeast Division crown.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Bucks-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic were able to make fantastic adjustments in the interior after Milwaukee abused them in points in the paint during the first half. Victor Oladipo had a solid return and his teammates and Head Coach were very proud of his performance.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Tobias Harris.

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Victor Oladipo Returns as Magic Beat the Bucks

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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There was a new masked presence at Amway Center on Friday night. Victor Oladipo made his Orlando Magic regular season debut and it was certainly exciting. Orlando improved to 4-6 on the ’14-’15 campaign with an impressive 101-85 win. Oladipo came off the bench, but his impact was felt immediately at both PG and SG spots. In 25 minutes of action, Oladipo was a game-best plus/minus of +22. Victor tallied 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. He had 8 of the Magic’s 27 free throws. Orlando was 21-of-27 from the charity stripe, Milwaukee only managed 11-of-14. 3-point shooting was important as well. Magic shot 10-of-24 from long range, Bucks just 2-for-19.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic notched 18 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Evan Fournier added 15 points. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 19 points. Orlando won the second chance points battle 14-4.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Bucks-Magic Shootaround Interviews

2014 November 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic take on the .500 Milwaukee Bucks at Amway Center on Friday. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has listed Victor Oladipo as questionable. Oladipo had his first full practice in Toronto since his facial fracture surgery. This would be a pleasant surprise if Victor plays since he’s only been out about two weeks since the surgical procedure. Kyle O’Quinn was also at shootaround but his left leg was in a walking boot and he was wearing glasses. He’s definitely unavailable tonight with the sprained ankle. Rookies Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker have a strong bond that preceded June’s Draft. The Bucks have a top 5 defense in the NBA and Jason Kidd deserves credit for tapping into that pool of talent so far.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Jason Kidd, and Jabari Parker. 

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Breaking Down Orlando’s Defensive-Winning Possession in NYC

2014 November 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite any disagreements you or I may have with Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn‘s player rotations or substitution patterns, we can all agree that Jacque had the best defensive lineup on the court when it mattered most. Orlando is up 97-95 with 3.5 seconds remaining. Knicks ball. At the last moment out of the New York timeout, Jacque inserts Elfrid Payton into the game to replace Luke Ridnour who had been playing 16 straight minutes. Elfrid guards Pablo Prigioni the inbounder. Aaron Gordon is on Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith has Evan Fournier defending him. We know what happens.

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At an obvious glance, it looks like J.R. Smith was thinking hero mode the entire way. That’s left plenty of Knicks fans furious because typically Carmelo Anthony is taking that shot.

 

Below we’ll go frame-by-frame on breaking down this game-winning possession for the Magic.

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Magic Outlast Knicks In The Garden

2014 November 12
by Spenser Strode
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Evan Fournier is taking full advantage of his opportunity in Orlando. The Magic have entrusted the young Frenchman with late-game ball-handling responsibilities, and he is rewarding them in spades. Fournier, along with some clutch help from Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye, poured in a game-high and career-high 28 points to out-duel Carmelo Anthony and lead the Magic to an exciting back-and-forth win on the road in New York. Orlando is now 3-6 with the 97-95 victory. Nikola Vucevic contributed another double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Carmelo in defeat posted 27 points. There were 14 ties and 35 lead changes in the contest.

The Magic got off to another hot start, building a 6-point halftime advantage, but found trouble early in the second half as New York closed the gap thanks to surprising contributions from Samuel Dalembert and Jason Smith. Orlando battled fatigue on the second night of a challenging back-to-back, but persevered in the fourth quarter as they withstood multiple punches from Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and the rest of the Triangle Gang to hold on at the buzzer. A hopeful sign that this young team is learning the necessary lessons to keep a lead and close-out tight games.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: Gatorade, Graphics, and Documentaries

2014 November 12
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: Aaron Gordon Becomes a Gatorade Guinea Pig

Kidding, though the Body Pod is a little strange. Technology has allowed us to learn outstanding details about our bodies and what we need to properly hydrate and feed them.

 

Below are #2 through #8:

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Erie BayHawks Announce 10-Man Opening Day Roster

2014 November 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Erie BayHawks – the NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic – have set their 10-man opening day roster by waiving guards Kevin Anderson, Travis Betran, and Justin Simmons, as well as center Marcus Goode. Here’s a photo of the squad.

 

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Notable faces making the team include Magic training camp invites Seth Curry, Kadeem Batts, Peyton Siva, and Drew Crawford. Top D-League Draft picks Daniel Coursey, John Bohannon, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. are also on the team. Two tryout players from back in September, Jarvis Williams and Mike Schachtner, also made the final 10-man squad.

The BayHawks played their only preseason game on Sunday as they traveled to Canton to defeat the Charge 90-88. The BayHawks will travel to Idaho to open the season and face the Stampede on Friday and Saturday night. Erie then heads home to host their first games of the season on November 21st and 22nd.

 

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