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Jan 10

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “The Orlando Magic continue to acquit themselves well. They play hard and truly attempt to compete athletically with opponents night in and night out, but this team just doesn’t have the spring to make it work.”
  • Video of a pair of dunks from DeQuan Jones and Josh McRoberts in last night’s game between the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets.
  • During their season-high 10-game losing streak, the Magic have missed Glen Davis’ presence particularly in crunch time. Instead, Orlando has used McRoberts in Davis’ place and the results have not been pretty.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on the Magic’s 108-105 loss to the Nuggets: “[T]he Magic have to be kicking themselves because they led by seven late in the fourth quarter then Denver went on a 15-5 run and grabbed the win.”
  • “Arron Afflalo is tired of losing.”
  • Matt Moore of CBSSports.com gives Afflalo a “D” for his performance against Denver: “Arron Afflalo came home to Denver for the first time since being traded to Orlando in the Dwight Howard trade and he was greeted rudely by his former team. The Nuggets held him to 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Afflalo also fouled out, had four turnovers and just one assist. Hopefully, everybody was nice to him on his way out.”
  • In the midst of a losing streak that has reached 10 games, Jameer Nelson says, “The one thing we have to do is we can’t separate. It’s easy to separate when adversity hits. But we know we can’t allow ourselves to do that as a team, and I’m not going to allow us to do it as a captain.”
  • Yesterday, the Nuggets committed just seven personal fouls. Orlando, by comparison, was called for 27 personal fouls. Nelson and head coach Jacque Vaughn try to curtail the subject when asked about the foul discrepancy.
  • Hedo Turkoglu’s surgically repaired left hand is still bothering him. He sat out yesterday’s game against Denver, but hopes to play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com suggests that Nikola Vucevic should be a lock to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Houston.
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic have made it clear from Day One that they will not ‘tank’ games to get the highest lottery pick possible, not after the Dwightmare. But I think they’ve largely accomplished what they wanted to accomplish. Their goal has been to play hard and be ultra-competitive despite the loss of Dwight, proving to a veteran group and the league that they are committed to winning.”
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