December, 2012 | Magic Basketball - Part 4

Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 14

Preview: Golden State Warriors at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Golden State Warriors at Orlando Magic Date: December 14, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Warriors: 15-7 Magic: 8-13 Probable starters Warriors: Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Harrison Barnes David Lee Festus Ezeli Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Glen Davis Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Warriors: Pace: …

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Dec 14

#ORLrank 4: Penny Hardaway

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1995-1996 82 3015 24.6 6.73 19.3 14.4 Penny Hardaway’s best season with the Magic   Penny Hardaway was, in many ways, the quintessential Orlando Magic superstar. Since the franchise’s inception in 1989, a handful of the most exciting players of the …

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Dec 13

Thursday’s Mini-Magic Word

Is it possible the Orlando Magic could sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference? Why do the Magic continue to get off to slow starts in games? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has the answer: “The current starting five of Jameer Nelson at the point, Arron Afflalo and …

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Dec 13

3-on-3 roundtable: A look at the Magic’s surprising start

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images The Orlando Magic have clearly been one of the surprise teams in the NBA this season. With Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard, and Ryan Anderson out of the picture, the Magic were projected to be one of the worst squads in the league. Instead, Orlando has been borderline average, thanks …

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Dec 13

Recap: Atlanta Hawks 86, Orlando Magic 80

AP Photo/John Raoux BOX SCORE Heading into Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Orlando Magic were earning plaudits for going 3-2 on their West Coast road trip (which included impressive wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors). Unfortunately for the Magic, they were unable to keep the good vibes going against …

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Dec 12

Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Date: December 12, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Hawks: 12-6 Magic: 8-12 Probable starters Hawks: Jeff Teague Devin Harris Anthony Morrow Josh Smith Al Horford Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Glen Davis Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Hawks: Pace: 92.1 …

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Dec 12

How are the Magic exceeding expectations?

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Thinking back to October, I wasn’t particularly optimistic about covering the Magic for the 2012-13 season. You didn’t have to over-analyze anything to realize the Magic were rebuilding, as they spent the summer offing the likes of Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard, and Ryan Anderson. This team was going to …

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Dec 12

Glen Davis’ new nickname: ‘Black Hole’

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images A cursory glance at Glen Davis’ numbers might leave the impression that he’s having a career year so far this season. Davis is averaging career-highs across the board with 32.8 minutes per game, 16.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. It’s fool’s …

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Dec 11

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Ben Golliver of The Point Forward lists head coach Jacque Vaughn as an early contender for Coach of the Year: “Five of Orlando’s wins have come against bottom-dwellers (Pistons, Cavaliers and Suns), so Vaughn isn’t necessarily guaranteed to become the league’s next coaching prodigy, but his early work deserves a bit of early shine.” Could …

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Dec 10

Monday’s Magic Word

John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “The Magic continue to prove that they’re not that bad, going 3-2 on a West Coast trip and playing their best defense of the season along the way. The highlight came last Sunday in L.A., but more impressive was Monday’s win at Golden State, where there was no post-Dwight letdown. Of …

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