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Mar 04

Devyn Marble suffers detached retina


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

Orlando Magic guard Devyn Marble has suffered a detached retina in his left eye, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Marble is expected to miss four to six weeks of action.

Marble (6’6”, 200, 9/21/92) has appeared in 16 games (seven starts) during his rookie season with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg., 1.9 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 13.0 mpg. He also played in six games with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, averaging 13.0 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 2.2 apg. and 1.17 spg. in 30.3 mpg.

Marble was originally selected in the second round (56th overall) by Denver, his draft rights, along with Evan Fournier, were acquired by Orlando in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26. He played in 136 career games during four years at the University of Iowa, averaging 12.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 2.9 apg. and 1.29 spg. in 27.6 mpg. Marble ranks second on the school’s all-time games played list with 136. He also ranks in Hawkeyes’ history in scoring (fifth, 1,694 points), assists (sixth, 397) and steals (seventh, 176).

Mar 01

Video: Dewayne Dedmon’s alley-oop dunk

Mar 01

Grades: Charlotte Hornets 98, Orlando Magic 83

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Charlotte Hornets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -23

This is the third time this season that Vucevic has been held to 10 points, which is his lowest point total in a game in 2014-15 (the other two times came on December 30 against the Pistons and January 2 against the Nets). Vucevic was mostly invisible against the Hornets, though he did make his presence felt a little bit in the fourth quarter.

Victor Oladipo
7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | -21

Oladipo had a number of pretty drives to the basket. The best sequence came in the closing seconds of the second quarter when Oladipo and Vucevic ran a 2-5 pick-and-roll that led to an Oladipo layup. Despite Al Jefferson dropping down in the paint, Oladipo navigated around him as well, as Lance Stephenson from the weak-side, and finished with a difficult reverse layup that was well contested.

Tobias Harris
4-13 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 STL | 9 REB | 13 PTS | -26

Harris had a scary moment in the third quarter when he and Oladipo collided in transition. Oladipo accidentally ran into Harris’ right knee while defending a fast break that, for a brief moment, looked like a serious injury for Harris, who was down on the court for a few minutes. Fortunately for the Magic, Harris was able to walk it off and stayed in the game.

Andrew Nicholson
5-8 FG | 1-1 3P | 1 BLK | 4 REB | 11 PTS | +11

This was Nicholson’s best game of the season, which isn’t saying much, given how little he has played (just 196 minutes entering tonight’s game). Nicholson’s 11 points tied a season-high and he also got a good chuck of playing time (17 minutes). All in all, it was good to see Nicholson play well and show flashes of the player that had such a good rookie year.

Charlotte Hornets

Mo Williams (23 points, 11 assists) was the best player on the court in this game, which says all you need to know about how well he played. With Kemba Walker out (torn meniscus in his left knee), the Hornets traded for Williams at the deadline as a stopgap option and, needless to say, the move has paid off.

Feb 27

Grades: Atlanta Hawks 95, Orlando Magic 88

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Atlanta Hawks 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
10-16 FG | 6-9 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 21 PTS | +1

At halftime, it didn’t seem like Vucevic was going to have a big night. He had six points in the first half and took a backseat to Harris and Oladipo offensively. That all changed in the second half, as Vucevic got into the driver’s seat and took control of the Magic’s offense. He put on a midrange jump shooting display that made Al Horford a little jealous.

Victor Oladipo
8-18 FG | 2-5 3P | 3 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | -11

There were times during the game when it looked like Oladipo’s right wrist was bothering him, as he had it taped. But that didn’t stop him from attacking the Hawks’ defense and driving to the basket. Although Oladipo was just 5-for-10 at the rim, that had more to do with Atlanta contesting his layup attempts rather than anything having to do with his wrist.

Tobias Harris
5-9 FG | 2-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 15 PTS | -8

After the Magic fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter, they clawed their way back in the second quarter thanks to Harris. He scored 9 points in the period and helped Orlando go on an 18-4 run to close the half. Although he didn’t do much after halftime, Harris was the main reason why the Magic were in position to win after trailing by double-digits.

Channing Frye
3-10 FG | 3-8 3P | 2 BLK | 3 REB | 10 PTS | -9

I wrote about this in my analysis of Frye’s shot selection with Orlando and it’s worth mentioning again — he takes way too many 3-point shots. Tonight’s game was another example of that, as 80 percent of Frye’s field goal attempts were 3-pointers. For the season, 72.6 percent of his field goal attempts are 3s. Again, that’s way too many.

Atlanta Hawks

After blowing a 16-point first quarter lead and trailing at halftime, the Hawks restored order in the third quarter and rebuilt their lead before the Magic made things interesting in the fourth quarter. The difference final period, though, was that Atlanta out-executed Orlando in crunch time. The Hawks also made a barrage of 3-point shots (14-for-31) throughout the evening, which helped them too.

Feb 25

Video: Henry Walker sends the game to overtime

Feb 22

Video: Willie Green shows off his dunking skills

Feb 17

Magic reluctant to trade Nicholson for small return


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Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Orlando Magic management remains reluctant to unload forward Andrew Nicholson for a marginal return, still wondering how a new coach next season would better utilize him offensively, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Jacque Vaughn and his interim successor, James Borrego, have been unable and unwilling to incorporate his inside-outside scoring abilities into their simplistic offensive systems.

Feb 17

Borrego to coach Magic for remainder of season


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Via Marc Stein of

The Orlando Magic want interim coach James Borrego to lead the team for the rest of the season, according to league sources.

Sources told that the Magic, after initially flirting with the idea of making an in-season veteran hire in the wake of Jacque Vaughn’s firing, now intend to let Borrego coach the team for the final 26 games of the regular season while undertaking a wide-ranging search for a long-term replacement.

Ex-Magic fan favorite Scott Skiles and fellow veteran NBA coaches Mark Jackson, Mike Malone and Vinny Del Negro are among the names mentioned as potential long-term candidates in Orlando.

The Magic are 2-2 in Borrego’s four games as interim coach since the dismissal of Vaughn, with victories over the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. It’s believed that Borrego will likewise have a chance to state his case for the job full time, depending on what happens for the rest of the season.

Feb 16

Penny Hardaway on B.S. Report


Feb 16

Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton on B.S. Report


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