December, 2012 | Magic Basketball

Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31

Preview: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic Date: December 31, 2012 Time: 5:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Heat: 20-8 Magic: 12-18 Probable starters Heat: Mario Chalmers Dwyane Wade LeBron James Udonis Haslem Chris Bosh Magic: Ish Smith Arron Afflalo DeQuan Jones Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Heat: Pace: 92.3 …

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Dec 30

Recap: Toronto Raptors 123, Orlando Magic 88

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack BOX SCORE There are two primary reasons why the Orlando Magic, before Saturday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, were a top 10 defensive team. Apart from being one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the NBA, the Magic had done a great job of contesting shots and not fouling. Digging …

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Dec 29

Preview: Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic Date: December 29, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Raptors: 10-20 Magic: 12-17 Probable starters Raptors: Jose Calderon DeMar DeRozan Mickael Pietrus Ed Davis Aaron Gray Magic: Ish Smith Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Raptors: Pace: 90.6 …

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Dec 29

Recap: Washington Wizards 105, Orlando Magic 97

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin BOX SCORE Even though Christmas is over, that hasn’t stopped the Orlando Magic from getting into the spirit of Christmas giving. On Wednesday, the New Orleans Hornets snapped their 11-game losing streak against the Magic. Not to be outdone, Orlando helped the Washington Wizards — owners of the league’s worst record — …

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Dec 28

Preview: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards Date: December 28, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Verizon Center Records Magic: 12-16 Wizards: 3-23 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Gustavo Ayon Nikola Vucevic Wizards: Shelvin Mack Bradley Beal Martell Webster Emeka Okafor Nene Hilario Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 91.9 …

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Dec 28

Friday’s Mini-Magic Word

In an era where small-ball is king, the Orlando Magic rely on a traditional lineup right now. Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop has the breakdown: “The Magic are another one of those teams just trying to make it through the day, and their lineup combos are statements of necessity, not philosophy, especially with Glen Davis out …

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Dec 28

#ORLrank 2: Shaquille O’Neal

AP Photo/Steve Simoneau   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1993-1994 81 3224 28.5 7.56 24.0 17.1 Shaquille O’Neal’s best season with the Magic   Talking about Shaquille O’Neal’s four seasons with the Magic, now that he’s retired after a 19-year career and generally considered one of the five greatest centers of all time, is …

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Dec 27

Maximizing E’Twaun Moore’s skills on offense

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images E’Twaun Moore has been a pleasant surprise for the Magic all season. A waiver-wire pickup after a rocky rookie campaign in Boston, Moore has solidified himself as the team’s back-up point guard and is posting a very respectable 12.5 Player Efficiency Rating in 23.8 minutes per game. He’s …

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Dec 27

Recap: New Orleans Hornets 97, Orlando Magic 94

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images BOX SCORE In Ryan Anderson’s first game back at Amway Center since being traded by the Orlando Magic before the season, it would not come as a shock if he did his usual damage behind the three-point line and on the offensive glass. Magic fans had grown accustomed …

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Dec 26

Preview: New Orleans Hornets at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: New Orleans Hornets at Orlando Magic Date: December 26, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Hornets: 5-22 Magic: 12-15 Probable starters Hornets: Greivis Vasquez Austin Rivers Lance Thomas Anthony Davis Robin Lopez Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Gustavo Ayon Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Hornets: Pace: …

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