February, 2013 | Magic Basketball - Part 4

Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 10

Andrew Nicholson to replace Andre Drummond in 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images Via Orlando Magic press release: Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic was named to the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge to be played Friday, Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson will replace injured Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (back) on TEAM SHAQ in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. A 6-9 …

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Feb 10

Preview: Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic Date: February 10, 2013 Time: 6:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Trail Blazers: 25-25 Magic: 14-36 Probable starters Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard Wesley Matthews Nicolas Batum LaMarcus Aldridge J.J. Hickson Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats …

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Feb 09

Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers 119, Orlando Magic 108

AP Photo/Mark Duncan BOX SCORE At this point in the season, wins and losses don’t matter for the Orlando Magic. Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers extended the Magic’s losing streak to a season-high 12 games, what matters more for Orlando is player development. Players like Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson — the future of the …

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Feb 08

Preview: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Date: February 8, 2013 Time: 7:30 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Quicken Loans Arena Records Magic: 14-35 Cavaliers: 15-34 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo Maurice Harkless Josh McRoberts Nikola Vucevic Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving Dion Waiters Alonzo Gee Tristan Thompson Tyler Zeller Advanced stats Magic: Pace: …

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Feb 07

3-on-3 roundtable: Which Magic player should be traded?

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images With the trade deadline steadily approaching and the rumor mill continuing to churn, it remains to be seen if J.J. Redick or any other player for the Orlando Magic gets moved (if Glen Davis was healthy, his name would be listed below). With the Magic (14-35) mired in …

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Feb 06

Recap: Los Angeles Clippers 86, Orlando Magic 76

AP Photo/John Raoux BOX SCORE It was a C-list type of night in Orlando and the Magic proved that, despite key injuries on both sides, they are capable of losing in almost any circumstance. Jameer Nelson was “the plan” for Orlando and that plan got squelched for the entire second half, leading the Magic to …

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Feb 06

Preview: Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic Date: February 6, 2013 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Clippers: 34-16 Magic: 14-34 Probable starters Clippers: Eric Bledsoe Willie Green Caron Butler Lamar Odom DeAndre Jordan Magic: Jameer Nelson E’Twaun Moore Maurice Harkless Josh McRoberts Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Clippers: Pace: …

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Feb 06

Anatomy of a losing stretch

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images As Noam Schiller noted on Tuesday, a big reason for Orlando’s recent losing stretch is because they’ve regressed badly defensively. The Magic went from having a top 10 defense in the first month and a half of the season to having one of the worst defenses in …

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Feb 05

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Kendrick Lamar and Arron Afflalo speak to Elena Bergeron of ESPN the Magazine about “Black Boy Fly,” a track on Lamar’s album (Good Kid, M.A.A.D City) which talks about Afflalo back in high school in Compton, California. E’Twaun Moore with a highlight-reel play in last night’s game between the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. Josh …

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Feb 05

To tank or not to tank?

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images The Orlando Magic currently sit 8.5 games out of the Eastern playoff picture with 36 games left on their schedule. They have the league’s third-worst record (14-34) and sixth-worst efficiency differential (-5.1 points per 100 possessions), per NBA.com. The stingy defense that fueled their early season success has all but …

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