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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 10

Recap: Denver Nuggets 108, Orlando Magic 102

AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez BOX SCORE With the score tied at 99 apiece and 2:14 remaining, the Orlando Magic found themselves in a familiar place — in position to win the game late. This time against the Denver Nuggets. Once again, Orlando came away with a loss. And once again, it was a game full of …

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Jan 09

Preview: Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets Date: January 9, 2013 Time: 9:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Pepsi Center Records Magic: 12-22 Nuggets: 20-16 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo DeQuan Jones Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Nuggets: Ty Lawson Danilo Gallinari Andre Iguodala Kenneth Faried Kosta Koufos Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 91.4 …

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Jan 09

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Joe Kaiser of ESPN Insider lists Gustavo Ayon as one of the NBA’s top trade chips: “Ayon is the perfect backup big man — an energy guy who rebounds, defends and comes at a low cost. But if you’re Orlando, a loser of nine straight with its sights suddenly more on next season and its …

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Jan 09

Revisiting the Ryan Anderson trade

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Rob Hennigan’s decision not to match the Hornets’ four-year, $34 million offer sheet for Ryan Anderson in July during the offseason was a polarizing one. On the one hand, Anderson was the reigning Most Improved Player and had proven himself a more-than-reliable floor-spacing big, and a contract in …

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Jan 08

Tuesday’s Mini-Magic Word

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “‘Melo waiting by the bus brought a reminder of when former Nuggets coach George McCloud punched then-Magic star Ron Mercer after a game in 2000. Mercer’s head hit a steel beam after the punch.” With a 125-119 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in last night’s game, the …

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Jan 08

Recap: Portland Trail Blazers 125, Orlando Magic 119 (OT)

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images BOX SCORE The Blazers and Magic have a number of similarities, but are riding streaks of opposite types at the moment. Both teams came into the season with little to no expectation of success and feature new coaches who have done impressive work replacing mainstays in their respective …

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Jan 07

Preview: Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers Date: January 7, 2013 Time: 10:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Rose Garden Records Magic: 12-21 Blazers: 18-15 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo DeQuan Jones Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Blazers: Damian Lillard Wesley Matthews Nicolas Batum LaMarcus Aldridge J.J. Hickson Advanced stats Magic: Pace: …

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Jan 07

Monday’s Magic Word

The Orlando Magic earn “Team of the Weak” honors from David Aldridge of NBA.com: “The Magic’s flirtation with .500 has come back to earth with an eight-game losing streak, almost directly in correlation with Glen Davis’ absence following a shoulder injury. But Orlando has competed almost every night, as exemplified by Nicola Vucevic’s 20-point, 29-rebound …

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Jan 07

Jameer Nelson: From pick-and-rolls to prosperity

In sports, we often hear the term “game of his life” to describe a phenomenon where the stars align for a player for one night and he plays to his full potential. It’s a rare event, but when it happens, it’s something to behold. Back in 2009, Jameer Nelson had the game of his life …

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Jan 05

Recap: New York Knicks 114, Orlando Magic 106

AP Photo/John Raoux BOX SCORE On a good offensive night for Orlando, the Magic needed more defense, especially down the stretch, to fend off the Knicks in a 114-106 loss. It was the night of the backcourt for Orlando. Nelson (29 points on 10-for-20 shooting) and Afflalo (29 points on 10-for-14 shooting) abused the New …

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