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Nov 04

Monday’s Magic Word

  • It’s early, but the defense for the Orlando Magic has been very good so far to start the season. After four games, the Magic rank fourth in defensive efficiency.
  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “With Sunday’s victory over Brooklyn, Orlando has won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19, 2012. Rookie guard Victor Oladipo scored 19 points versus the Nets, but also had seven turnovers.”
  • Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated: “The Magic sneaked up on a contender for the first time Sunday, throttling the veteran Nets in a 21-point rout. No Orlando player caught Brooklyn more off guard than rookie Victor Oladipo, who scored 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench and threw down a 360 dunk as the Nets hopelessly watched. With the Clippers, Spurs and Heat (twice) later this month, we’ll see if other elite teams learn from the Nets’ mistake.”
  • The Magic spoiled Jason Kidd’s head coaching debut on Sunday.
  • Tobias Harris is out indefinitely with an ankle sprain.
  • Orlando is off to a 2-2 start and has looked solid thanks to good defense.
  • Did Oladipo travel on his 360-degree dunk? Arron Afflalo thinks so.
  • The Magic’s tanking quest is off to a shaky start.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “While I think we can all agree it’s too early for any firm pronouncements, you had to come away from Orlando’s home blasting of New Orleans and subsequent spoiling of Jason Kidd’s coaching debut with the sense that Vucevic, Oladipo and Co. form one of the most intriguing young cores going.”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “The Orlando Magic’s already-impressive footprint in downtown Orlando will soon be expanding after The City Council agreed on Monday to sell land next to the Amway Center where the Magic will build a multi-purpose entertainment complex. By a unanimous 7-0 vote, Orlando City Council approved a plan where SED Development LLC — a sister company of the Magic — will pay the city $12.7 million for land across the street from the Amway Center to build a 650,000-square-foot development.”
  • Andrew Nicholson worked tirelessly during the offseason to expand his game on offense and, so far, the results are paying off.
  • Oladipo wants to be in the dunk contest, but he needs to get approval from the Magic veterans first.
  • “The day Victor Oladipo becomes a starter in the NBA will be a happy one.”
  • If the Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, they would go over the .500 mark for the first time since November 7, 2012.
  • Orlando is not tanking correctly.
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