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Nov 05

Monday’s Magic Word

  • The Orlando Magic, off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, are “are balling for Jacque Vaughn.”
  • During Sunday’s game between the Magic and Phoenix Suns, there was a net malfunction during a TV timeout in which a U.S. soldier attempted a trampoline dunk, missed, and broke the net (which delayed the game for 13 minutes). Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie provides an in-depth breakdown of what transpired.
  • Andrew Unterberger of The Basketball Jones: “The undefeated Orlando Magic! It’s a mystery how they’re doing it — they started E’Twaun Moore and someone named DeQuan Jones in this one, ferchrissake — but sure enough, the post-Dwight Magic are now 2-0, with a +34 scoring differential. ‘Right now Orlando just looks unstoppable!’ remarked the Suns announcer at one point, before realizing the enormity of what he had just said. Whatta week.”
  • Against the Suns, Nikola Vucevic had 18 points, 13 points, and three assists, outplaying Marcin Gortat and earning a “Lion Face” from Jared Dubin of Hardwood Paroxysm.
  • Somehow, someway, the Magic are off to a surprising 2-0 start to the regular season, which has caught the attention of’s Marc Stein.
  • A look back at one of the plays of the game between the Magic and Phoenix — courtesy of Arron Afflalo.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post analyzes Orlando’s upcoming schedule (at Chicago, vs. Minnesota, vs. Brooklyn, at Brooklyn) for the next week.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk recaps the Magic’s win against the Suns: “Phoenix led most of the first half and was up by 11 midway through the third quarter, then Orlando went 37-9 run over and that was it.”
  • An extremely early look at the NBA awards landscape, with head coach Jacque Vaughn and J.J. Redick garnering mentions.
  • The Ewing Theory is in full effect for the Magic after two games.
  • John Denton of on Orlando’s unselfishness: “No moment early this season has symbolized the Orlando Magic’s willingness to share the basketball and ‘play for one another,’ as head coach Jacque Vaughn likes to say, more than Sunday’s jaw-dropping, game-turning third quarter. It was a stretch of basketball that saved the Magic, paved the way to a thrilling 115-94 victory and spoke volumes about the way the unselfish squad wants to play the rest of the season.”
  • A status update on Hedo Turkoglu’s broken hand.
  • John Hollinger of ESPN Insider on Orlando: “The expectation here was that they would be awful, as I’d pegged them for 17-65. Even two games tells us that forecast may be wide of the mark.”
  • John Schuhmann of “One of the most eye-opening stats of the first week was the number of shots (47!) that Glen Davis attempted in just two games. J.J. Redick was much more efficient (45 points on 25 shots) and threw in 12 assists for good measure. Though it’s just two games, the Magic’s overall efficiency is eye-opening in itself. But it will be seriously tested when they visit Chicago on Tuesday.”
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