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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 24

Monday’s Magic Word

Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “Jacque Vaughn’s post-Dwight Magic were starting to generate comparisons to the 1999-2000 overachievers who went 41-41 under Doc Rivers with headliners like Ben Wallace and Darrell Armstrong. But they’ll have to be even grittier now after losing Big Baby Davis to a shoulder injury.” David Aldridge of NBA.com is the latest …

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Dec 24

J.J. Redick the playmaker

For years, J.J. Redick was known as just a shooter and for good reason. At Duke, Redick tortured opponents with his deadly marksmanship, setting an NCAA record for most three-point field goals made during his four-year tenure as a Blue Devil. When Redick took his talents to the NBA, he continued to show off his …

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Dec 24

Recap: Utah Jazz 97, Orlando Magic 93

AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz BOX SCORE In a 93-90 loss against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, the Orlando Magic shot themselves in the foot by committing 18 turnovers. In a game decided by one possession, turnovers played a large role in the defeat. You would think that Orlando had learned their lesson heading into Sunday’s game …

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Dec 23

Preview: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic Date: December 23, 2012 Time: 6:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Jazz: 14-14 Magic: 12-14 Probable starters Jazz: Jamaal Tinsley Randy Foye Marvin Williams Paul Millsap Al Jefferson Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Gustavo Ayon Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Jazz: Pace: 91.3 …

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Dec 22

Recap: Toronto Raptors 93, Orlando Magic 90

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jesse Johnston BOX SCORE For a good chunk of the game, the Toronto Raptors were in control against the Orlando Magic. As has been his custom during the Raptors’ winning streak, Jose Calderon quarterbacked the offense while Toronto got enough help from the supporting cast — including a surprising contribution from …

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Dec 21

Preview: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors Date: December 21, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Air Canada Centre Records Magic: 12-13 Raptors: 8-19 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Raptors: Jose Calderon DeMar DeRozan Mickael Pietrus Ed Davis Jonas Valanciunas Advanced stats Magic: Pace: …

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Dec 21

Friday’s Mini-Magic Word

“Can the Orlando Magic actually make the playoffs?” That’s the headline of today’s profile on the Magic by Zach Lowe of Grantland — a must-read. Lowe lists three trends that suggest Orlando has a chance to reach the postseason. Here’s one of them: “Orlando’s own fantastic defense. The Magic, having lost Dwight Howard and a …

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Dec 21

The early returns on Nikola Vucevic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images As the 2012-13 Magic were tipping off, I named the performance of Nikola Vucevic as one of the five biggest questions for Orlando this upcoming season. Vucevic was given the inside track to the Magic’s starting center position almost by default and cemented his status as the team’s …

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Dec 21

#ORLrank 3: Tracy McGrady

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2002-2003 75 2954 30.3 8.55 23.5 17.6 Tracy McGrady’s best season with the Magic   Earlier this month, a video emerged of Tracy McGrady elbowing a player in the chest during a Chinese Basketball Association game. It was a fitting peep into where McGrady …

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Dec 20

Thursday’s Magic Word

According to Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, the Orlando Magic have been the best team in the Eastern Conference in the month of December. Confused? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post explains: “Orlando’s adjusted scoring differential, which accounts for strength of schedule, of plus-4.4 in December ranks it sixth in the league and first in …

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