January, 2012 | Magic Basketball - Part 4

Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 20

Magic Basketball Weekly: Let’s talk about the Magic

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images Today is a happy day for me, the culmination of a dream I’ve had lo these many weeks. Or two weeks. This is the week, dear readers, when you stepped up to the plate and offered me not two, not even three, but no fewer than FIVE emails …

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Jan 20

3-on-3 roundtable: Getting to know the Lakers

Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images In the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal joined the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, leaving the Orlando Magic high and dry in the process. It’s been close to 16 years since that incident occurred so as the saying goes, time heals all wounds, right? Well, given that there’s …

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Jan 19

Thursday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy plopped down into his chair for his postgame press conference and groaned. This loss hurt. If just one or two little things had gone differently, the Orlando Magic could have beaten the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Instead, the Magic lost 85-83 in overtime. Van …

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Jan 19

An aerial view of the Eastern Conference

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Every so often, the writers of Magic Basketball tackle the world’s most important issues. In this case, we make a grand sweep of the Eastern Conference in the NBA and examine the early storylines being talked about by the mainstream media and blogosphere. Are the Philadelphia 76ers for real? Have …

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Jan 18

Recap: San Antonio Spurs 85, Orlando Magic 83 (OT)

BOX SCORE The San Antonio Spurs were able to defeat the Orlando Magic in overtime by the score of 85-83. For the Spurs, it was their first road win of the regular season. For the Magic, it was their one and only back-to-back-to-back of the season and they were unable to sweep all three games. …

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Jan 18

Reaction: San Antonio Spurs 85, Orlando Magic 83 (OT)

AP Photo/John Raoux San Antonio Spurs 85 Final Recap | Box Score 83 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard 9-15 FG | 6-10 FT | 3 BLK | 25 REB | 24 PTS | +8 Matched up primarily against Tim Duncan, Howard had a field day on offense. That goes to show that, at 35 years old …

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Jan 18

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “While back-to-backs and back-to-back-to-backs are brutal, the compressed schedule did diminish an often-despised exercise of NBA life: the morning shootaround. Players got something to celebrate from the lockout after all. So many games in so few days have forced teams to reduce workloads, saving the sleepy-eyed (or, ahem, blood-shot …

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Jan 18

Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic

7:00 ET | Sun Sports 9-5 @ 10-3 Pythagorean Record: 9-5 Pythagorean Record: 9-4 Pace: 91.7 (16th) Pace: 90.3 (23rd) Offensive Rating: 108.9 (T-1st) Offensive Rating: 108.9 (T-1st) Defensive Rating: 104.9 (21st) Defensive Rating: 102.9 (15th) Amway Center | First meeting this season

Jan 18

Keeping Dwight Howard around

AP Photo/John Raoux Well, here we are. The Magic are winning, and there is no end in sight to the Dwight Howard saga. In some ways, this was the least likely scenario, as it sure seemed as if Orlando’s roster and Dwight’s disposition would make this season like getting a root canal. Such was my …

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Jan 18

Stan Van Gundy: Lucky, brilliant, or both?

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez With injuries to both stars and role players plaguing the league, I wonder if Orlando is lucky to be close to full strength 13 games into the season. I mean everyone has injuries, right? So what gives? Is Orlando lucky, or are they well coached? Stan Van Gundy, though working with …

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