News | Magic Basketball - Part 12

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Jan 02

Preview: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Date: January 2, 2013 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Fox Sports Florida Arena: Amway Center Records Bulls: 16-13 Magic: 12-19 Probable starters Bulls: Kirk Hinrich Richard Hamilton Luol Deng Carlos Boozer Taj Gibson Magic: Jameer Nelson Arron Afflalo DeQuan Jones Andrew Nicholson Nikola Vucevic Advanced stats Bulls: Pace: 90.2 …

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Jan 02

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Jameer Nelson, who sat out the Orlando Magic’s last two games because of a sore left hip, is expected to start in tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel with this nugget of information on the eve of the Magic’s matchup against the Bulls: “The Magic will try to avoid …

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Dec 28

Friday’s Mini-Magic Word

In an era where small-ball is king, the Orlando Magic rely on a traditional lineup right now. Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop has the breakdown: “The Magic are another one of those teams just trying to make it through the day, and their lineup combos are statements of necessity, not philosophy, especially with Glen Davis out …

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Dec 24

Monday’s Magic Word

Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “Jacque Vaughn’s post-Dwight Magic were starting to generate comparisons to the 1999-2000 overachievers who went 41-41 under Doc Rivers with headliners like Ben Wallace and Darrell Armstrong. But they’ll have to be even grittier now after losing Big Baby Davis to a shoulder injury.” David Aldridge of NBA.com is the latest …

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Dec 21

Friday’s Mini-Magic Word

“Can the Orlando Magic actually make the playoffs?” That’s the headline of today’s profile on the Magic by Zach Lowe of Grantland — a must-read. Lowe lists three trends that suggest Orlando has a chance to reach the postseason. Here’s one of them: “Orlando’s own fantastic defense. The Magic, having lost Dwight Howard and a …

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Dec 20

Thursday’s Magic Word

According to Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, the Orlando Magic have been the best team in the Eastern Conference in the month of December. Confused? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post explains: “Orlando’s adjusted scoring differential, which accounts for strength of schedule, of plus-4.4 in December ranks it sixth in the league and first in …

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Dec 19

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Rob Mahoney of The Point Forward: “[A] player I wouldn’t mind seeing traded this season is Orlando’s J.J. Redick, who seems to have all of the qualities of a deadline-day target. He plays for a team that, while impressive in its efforts thus far, ultimately can’t make best use of his game. He’s in the …

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Dec 17

Monday’s Magic Word

In December, the Orlando Magic have owned the top defense in the NBA. The Magic earn kudos for handing the Golden State Warriors their lone loss on their six-game East Coast road trip. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Don’t tell anyone, but coach Jacque Vaughn has [the Magic] playing really good defense lately. That’s how they …

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Dec 13

Thursday’s Mini-Magic Word

Is it possible the Orlando Magic could sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference? Why do the Magic continue to get off to slow starts in games? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has the answer: “The current starting five of Jameer Nelson at the point, Arron Afflalo and …

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Dec 11

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Ben Golliver of The Point Forward lists head coach Jacque Vaughn as an early contender for Coach of the Year: “Five of Orlando’s wins have come against bottom-dwellers (Pistons, Cavaliers and Suns), so Vaughn isn’t necessarily guaranteed to become the league’s next coaching prodigy, but his early work deserves a bit of early shine.” Could …

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