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Mar 13

Thursday’s Mini-Magic Word

  • Arron Afflalo wants to win and become an elite player, but is understanding that the Magic are rebuilding and better days are coming.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “On an Orlando Magic team filled with so much youth and inexperience, practically every scenario of every game can qualify as a teachable moment for head coach Jacque Vaughn. Of issue of late after the Magic squandered 18 and 13-point leads in losses to Milwaukee and Denver: Learning how to play with double-digit leads and maintain them throughout games. The positive of that, of course, is that the Magic are at least starting games well enough to build significant advantages on foes. Now, the Magic’s mission is figuring out how to hold those leads once they jump out ahead.”
  • Darrell Armstrong, who will be honored on Friday by the Magic during “Legends Night,” looks back at his storied career with the franchise.
  • Kenneth Faried (26 points and nine rebounds) was a handful for Kyle O’Quinn and Tobias Harris on Wednesday, as he helped the Denver Nuggets beat Orlando by the score of 120-112.
  • Nikola Vucevic has been on a shooting tear from the perimeter in recent weeks. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has more details: “During Vučević’s eight-game hot streak, the Montenegrin has converted 52.8 percent of his mid-range shots, according to NBA.com/stats, making him a threat to score even when pulled away from the basket area, where he’s remained effective. In his first 40 games, NBA.com/stats data indicate Vučević shot a respectable, but not elite, 42.9 percent on such shots.”