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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 09

Friday’s Magic Word

The Orlando Magic have a habit of amassing double-digit leads against opposing teams, then squander them and lose the game. It happened against the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. It happened against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. The difference is that the Magic held on to beat the Bulls. General manager Otis Smith used to make …

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Mar 08

Recap: Orlando Magic 99, Chicago Bulls 94

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast It’s fitting that, after Nate Drexler wrote a piece explaining why the Orlando Magic are not a contender, in large part due to the team’s inconsistent nature, they went out and beat the Chicago Bulls on the road. This happening two days after the Magic lost to the Charlotte Bobcats. In …

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Mar 08

Preview: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls Date: Mar. 8, 2012 Time: 8:00 p.m. Television: TNT Arena: United Center Records Magic: 25-15 Bobcats: 33-8 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Bulls: Derrick Rose Ronnie Brewer Luol Deng Carlos Boozer Joakim Noah Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 89.5 (27th of …

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Mar 08

Thursday’s Magic Word

The Orlando Magic will have to do a lot of things to put themselves in a position to beat the Chicago Bulls in tonight’s game — like stopping or slowing down the Bulls’ transition game. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan would be the first guy to tell you that there are far more …

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Mar 08

Orlando is not a contender unless …

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images With the Magic currently in third place in the East, I find myself wondering, “What’s so bad about this team? Why all the fuss about making trades?” In the second half of the season, fans need not worry about who is going to make the playoffs or who …

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Mar 07

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Magic CEO Alex Martins and GM Otis Smith say the team has not made a decision about what it will do with Howard as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15. Smith said that a decision might not be made until shortly before the deadline. It’s clear that …

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Mar 06

Recap: Charlotte Bobcats 100, Orlando Magic 84

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic have had a number of bad losses this season. A lazy 11-point loss to the Detroit Pistons on January 2 springs to mind. So do two epic fails against the Boston Celtics in the span of a week in late January; first putting up a …

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Mar 06

Preview: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats Date: Mar. 6, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena Records Magic: 25-14 Bobcats: 4-31 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Bobcats: D.J. Augustin Gerald Henderson Corey Maggette D.J. White Bismack Biyombo Advanced stats Magic: …

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Mar 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel ran into head coach Stan Van Gundy at the airport in Toronto. Van Gundy was waiting to board a plane heading to Charlotte. Why didn’t he travel with the Orlando Magic? According to Van Gundy, he stayed at Mount Sinai Hospital overnight because he was having chest pains. Van …

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Mar 05

Recap: Orlando Magic 92, Toronto Raptors 88

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young This game was all about Dwight Howard — both good and bad. The good? Dwight did whatever he wanted on offense. For most of the game, he terrorized the Toronto Raptors in pick-and-roll sets. The Orlando Magic ran a number of 1/5 pick-and-rolls and 3/5 pick-and-rolls with Nelson and …

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