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Dec 19

Magic looking to improve playoff odds

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images On Wednesday, the Celtics defeated the Magic, 109-92. With the loss, Orlando conceded ninth place in the Eastern Conference to Boston and dropped to 10-18 on the season (two games back of Brooklyn for the No. 8 seed), an underwhelming start to the 2014-15 campaign. Still, there are …

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Dec 08

The Willie Green-Maurice Harkless conundrum

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Magic fans have been up in arms this season by the amount of playing time that Willie Green has been getting off the bench (he’s averaging 15.5 minutes per game), despite the fact that he’s been the worst player on the roster. Green’s 3.6 PER is not …

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Dec 05

The similarities between O’Quinn and Gortat

AP Photo/Ben Margot Kyle O’Quinn missed 15 of the Magic’s first 16 games of the regular season because of a sprained left ankle. Since returning to the rotation on November 26, O’Quinn has put up modest numbers off the bench, averaging 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game in 15.7 minutes per …

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Dec 04

Tobias Harris’ true position remains in question

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Following a down year that was riddled with injuries, Tobias Harris is putting up the best numbers of his career so far this season. And yet, even with that being the case, Harris’ skills aren’t being utilized in the best way possible. With Victor Oladipo sidelined to …

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Nov 19

What Aaron Gordon’s injury means for the Magic

Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic were on the receiving end of some bad news over the weekend. Aaron Gordon, their prized possession from this year’s draft, was ruled out indefinitely after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Gordon found out about the injury following the Magic’s loss to the …

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Nov 11

Patience wearing thin on Jacque Vaughn

AP Photo/John Raoux Jacque Vaughn joined the Orlando Magic at a tough time, when the franchise pressed the reset button and moved on from the SVG-Dwight era. Now, in year three as the head coach, pressure is starting to mount. Magic fans have made it clear that they don’t think he’s the right man for the …

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Nov 01

Tobias Harris and the Magic reach a stalemate

Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic had until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 31, to extend Tobias Harris’ rookie contract. However, the two sides failed to reach an agreement. Harris is now set to become a restricted free agent during the offseason. While it’s no surprise the Magic went down this …

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Oct 28

Great expectations for Orlando’s rookies

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic franchise is starting to form what will be its core group for the foreseeable future. A few veterans, such as Luke Ridnour and Willie Green, will be interchanged for others like them in the next few years. But other than the occasional tinkering, there isn’t room …

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Oct 22

The ramifications of Nikola Vucevic’s extension

Photo by David Manning-USA TODAY Sports According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, the Orlando Magic and Nikola Vucevic have agreed to a four-year, $53 million extension. The timing of the extension doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The Magic had until October 31 to reach an agreement with Vucevic. If not, he would’ve been …

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Oct 17

The cloudy futures of Vucevic and Harris

Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The NBA’s new 9-year, $24 billion TV deal, set to kick in for the 2016-17 season, is going to change the landscape of the league in the coming years. The current deal, signed in 2007, raked in $930 million annually for the NBA from ESPN and Turner Sports. With the …

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