News | Magic Basketball - Part 14

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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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Dec 10

Monday’s Magic Word

John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “The Magic continue to prove that they’re not that bad, going 3-2 on a West Coast trip and playing their best defense of the season along the way. The highlight came last Sunday in L.A., but more impressive was Monday’s win at Golden State, where there was no post-Dwight letdown. Of …

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Dec 04

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Jordan White of Hardwood Paroxysm details Maurice Harkless’ defensive impact on the Orlando Magic so far this season: “When Harkless is on the court, opposing teams’ Offensive Rating drops nearly four points, from 105.2 to 101.4. His offense is miles behind his defense, but credit the rookie for realizing that his best shot at early …

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Dec 03

Monday’s Magic Word

Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “There is no real revenge for Dwight Howard, but that win Sunday night sure tasted good to Magic fans. As it should.” Will the Orlando Magic, after winning an emotional game against Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, suffer a letdown in tonight’s game against the Golden State …

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Nov 30

Friday’s Magic Word

How much longer can head coach Jacque Vaughn used the Orlando Magic’s current starting lineup of Nelson-Afflalo-Harkless-Davis-Vucevic? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post ponders that very question with this revelation: “In 45 minutes together–the third-most minutes of any Magic fivesome this season–the current starting group scores 92.1 points per 100 possessions while allowing 99.7. The …

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Nov 26

Monday’s Magic Word

Paul Pierce got shook by Jameer Nelson in Sunday’s game between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Quite a few pundits, myself included, predicted the Magic to end the season with one of the lowest win totals in the NBA during 2012-13. We thought that the roster was still …

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Nov 19

Monday’s Magic Word

In Kurt Helin’s latest power rankings at ProBasketballTalk, the Orlando Magic came in at No. 25: “If you want some bright spots, Jameer Nelson is back and the ball movement looks better. Plus there was the dramatic fourth-quarter comeback against Detroit. It’s not much but at least their losing streak has ended.” Meanwhile, the Magic …

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Nov 16

Friday’s Magic Word

Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated ranks the Orlando Magic at No. 26 in his latest power rankings: “After a feel-good 2-0 start, the Magic have lost five straight and are in desperate need of an offensive boost. Orlando ranks 26th in points scored per possession and is averaging just 79.8 points on its current slide …

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Nov 14

Wednesday’s Magic Word

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “A doctor’s check-up that Hedo Turkoglu hoped would lead him one step closer to returning for the Orlando Magic turned sour on Wednesday and the veteran small forward could be out of action another month. When doctors determined that one of the screws in Turkoglu’s surgically repaired left hand had loosened, …

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Nov 13

Tuesday’s Mini-Magic Word

Since a hot 2-0 start to the regular season, the Orlando Magic have lost their last four games. The main culprit being that the offense has sputtered. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post examines the Magic’s offensive struggles. The New York Knicks, the NBA’s lone undefeated team at 4-0, face off against Orlando at Amway …

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