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Nov 28

Evan Fournier taking advantage of his opportunity

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images The Orlando Magic acquired Evan Fournier from the Denver Nuggets for Arron Afflalo (and the 56th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which turned out to be Devyn Marble) in a draft day trade in June. The trade confused many people because it was basically a swap of two players …

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Apr 03

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 119, Orlando Magic 98

AP Photo/John Raoux   Cleveland Cavaliers 119 Final Recap | Box Score 98 Orlando Magic Arron Afflalo 3-10 FG | 1-5 3P | 4 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | -18 Nikola Vucevic 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 STL | 7 REB | 7 PTS | -15 Victor Oladipo 4-10 FG …

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Mar 01

Grades: Miami Heat 112, Orlando Magic 98

AP Photo/Alan Diaz   Miami Heat 112 Final Recap | Box Score 98 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 9-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 STL | 10 REB | 18 PTS | -15 Tobias Harris 6-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | -9 Kyle O’Quinn 6-10 FG …

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Nov 21

Orlando’s starting lineup is bad

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic’s starting lineup is a typical blend of NBA player archetypes. Scorers, defenders, veterans, youngsters, and leaders — this is a group that makes utmost basketball sense on paper, especially considering the litany of options Jacque Vaughn has at his disposal coming off the bench. Any …

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Mar 04

Orlando’s effective hi-lo set

The hi-lo is one of the most complex sets in basketball. On the surface, it looks like a simple pass between two big men, but it needs perfect timing and chemistry. Lately, the Orlando Magic have been running an interesting iteration of the hi-lo. Let’s go through it step-by-step. Things begin with a guard handling …

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Jan 14

J.J. Redick shuts down Lob City

Since the start of the season, J.J. Redick has been the subject of trade rumors and it’s easy to see why. At 28 years old, Redick is an elder statesman on a rebuilding team. Only Jameer Nelson (30) and Hedo Turkoglu (33) are older. With the Orlando Magic in the middle of a rebuilding phase, …

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Aug 31

Retire Dwight Howard’s jersey in Orlando?

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Six months ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a lot of people within the Magic fan base that did not want Dwight Howard’s jersey retired. Yes, at that point in time, Dwight had already made known his desire to be traded, with the Brooklyn Nets at the top …

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May 24

Dwight Howard named to All-NBA First Team

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Via Orlando Magic press release: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named to the 2011-12 All-NBA First Team for the fifth consecutive season, the NBA announced today. Joining Howard on the First Team are LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, …

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Apr 18

Ryan Anderson and offensive rebounds

Ryan Anderson is a poor man’s Kevin Love. You’ll read or hear that comparison thrown around, and it’s certainly apt. Anderson shares a few similarities with Love. They’re stretch fours. Both players hoard offensive rebounds while spreading the floor and lighting it up behind the three-point line. And while Anderson and Love aren’t liabilities on …

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Apr 02

HoopIdea: Last five minutes of NBA games — relevant or not?

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images You know that you only need to watch the last five minutes of an NBA game, right? Well, I thought that was true until Sunday. In the 2011-2012 NBA season, no team in the league has a winning record when trailing at the half. Again, no team in …

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