- Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider thinks Arron Afflalo is deserving of an All-Star nod: “‘Spellcheck’ could be warming this seat for incumbent starter Dwyane Wade, but the Orlando 2-guard’s production has been absolutely stellar so far this season. Put it this way: Wade and Afflalo have nearly identical PERs but Afflalo has sustained that level for 300 more minutes than Wade. That’s no small thing. Afflalo’s scoring 21.6 points per game thanks to lights-out shooting from deep (43.6 percent) along with a career-high 18.9 percent assist rate. Unlike Wade, Afflalo’s a super conservative defender, but his body of work has been more impressive than Wade’s. Wade will almost certainly start, but if this was based on merit, Afflalo could be going to New Orleans as a starter.”
- Victor Oladipo trails Michael Carter-Williams in the race for Rookie of the Year in one writer’s ballot.
- Glen Davis gets up-close-and-personal with Fox Sports Florida’s Dante Marchitelli in a post-game interview following the Orlando Magic’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
- Former Magic general manager John Weisbrod gets fired from the Calgary Flames.
- Orlando got a balanced attack offensively in their win over the Bobcats.
- A look back at some of Big Baby’s funniest moments in a Magic uniform.
- Tobias Harris (ankle) may return to play on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “If Orlando can get Harris back on the active roster for Friday night, it will be the first game this season in which every player on the roster is healthy and available to play. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis has played in half of the Magic’s 22 games after working his way back from two foot surgeries. And Orlando got center Nikola Vucevic back from a sprained ankle on Wednesday in time for their stirring 92-83 defeat of the Charlotte Bobcats.”
- Orlando’s starting lineup of Nelson-Oladipo-Afflalo-Davis-Vucevic is 3-0 this season.
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4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 BLK | 14 REB | 12 PTS | +13
After missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle, Vucevic made his return to the starting lineup and promptly fixed the Magic’s rebounding woes, which had ailed the team for the past week during his absence. Orlando out-rebounded the Bobcats by a wide margin (52-41) and Vucevic had much to do with that disparity.
6-16 FG | 3-7 3P | 7 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +13
Nelson scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and was the main reason the Magic were able to snap a six-game losing streak and come away with a victory against the Bobcats. With the Magic leading 83-79 and trying to hold off a late Charlotte comeback, Nelson’s 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining proved to be the dagger.
8-17 FG | 1-1 3P | 12 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +10
What’s the bigger surprise? That Davis made a corner 3 or that he gobbled up double-digit rebounds in his 11th game of the regular season? The 3-pointer was a happy accident, but the 12 rebounds were much-needed for Orlando. Big Baby finally put his big body to good use, having the most success muscling rookie Cody Zeller around for boards.
6-18 FG | 1-4 3P | 5 AST | 4 REB | 16 PTS | +14
Afflalo has been on a bit of a cold streak lately. After scoring a career-high 43 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 3, Afflalo has failed to eclipse the 20-point mark in his last three games. The fadeaway midrange jumpers he’s been feasting on this season weren’t falling against the Bobcats and he wasn’t able to connect on many of his 3-point attempts, either.
They made a lot of headlines during the offseason for overpaying free agent Al Jefferson, but it’s the hiring of Steve Clifford (a Stan Van Gundy acolyte) that should have warranted more press. Despite a sputtering offense, the Bobcats have been competitive in nearly every game — their loss against the Magic the latest example. That’s a credit to Clifford’s coaching.
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats
- Date: December 11, 2013
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: Fox Sports Florida
- Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena
- Magic: 6-15
- Bobcats: 10-11
- Jameer Nelson
- Victor Oladipo
- Arron Afflalo
- Glen Davis
- Nikola Vucevic
- Kemba Walker
- Gerald Henderson
- Josh McRoberts
- Anthony Tolliver
- Al Jefferson
- Pace: 95.1 (12th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 101.2 (24th of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 106.2 (22nd of 30)
- Pace: 92.4 (24th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 98.3 (29th of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 100.1 (3rd of 30)