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Mar 03

Monday’s Magic Word

  • The Rookie of the Year race is heating up between Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo as the regular season winds down, but don’t expect the Magic to campaign for Oladipo’s candidacy.
  • John Schuhmann of “Two games against the Sixers helped the Magic get within one of last season’s win total. They outscored Philly 60-35 in the two fourth quarters and are a plus-50 in the fourth over their last 11 games. For the season, only the Pacers have improved more from the first half to the second half of games than the Magic, who have been outscored 9.4 points in the first half and just 0.6 in the second half.”
  • Oladipo’s goal is to play all 82 games this season.
  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “Orlando hasn’t had much of an opportunity to evaluate center Dewayne Dedmon, but he is expected to land a second 10-day contract.”
  • Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated: “Following the Thunder blueprint, the Magic are doing a terrific job developing their young talent and giving them minutes to grow. Orlando could be one of the most fun teams to watch next season, depending on the lottery results. The Magic already have four promising talents in Nikola Vucevic (23 years old), Victor Oladipo (21), Tobias Harris (21) and Moe Harkless (20).”
  • Tobias Harris, who scored a career-high 31 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, gets an “A” for his performance.
  • Harris has been on an offensive surge lately.
  • Get to know more about Adonis Thomas, who joined Orlando on a 10-day contract recently.
  • Tyler Lashbrook and Sam Vecenie trade e-mails and chat about Zach LaVine, an NBA prospect from UCLA.
  • Oladipo, who takes a lot of hard falls in games, said that he plans to work on landing better onto the floor during the offseason to help preserve his body.
  • The odds of the Magic finishing with the worst record in the league are slim-to-none.
  • Marc Stein of “The good news: Orlando has legitimately been better than advertised at home of late and finally found a way to halt that stubborn 16-game road losing streak as part of a two-win week. Now for the bad news: Celebrations were naturally muted because both wins came at the expense of the 76ers.”
  • Harris is reminding everyone — with his career night against the Sixers — that he was the steal of last season’s deadline.
  • Kyle O’Quinn has become Orlando’s go-to inbounder.
  • What record will the Magic end up with as the season comes to a close for them? A closer look at their schedule in March may provide a clue.