Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 18

Jan 17

Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic
  • Date: January 17, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Bobcats: 16-24
  • Magic: 10-29

Probable starters

Bobcats:

  • Kemba Walker
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Josh McRoberts
  • Al Jefferson

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Tobias Harris
  • Glen Davis

Advanced stats

Bobcats:

  • Pace: 92.8 (21st of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 99.8 (29th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 103.3 (7th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 94.0 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.3 (27th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.5 (17th of 30)

Read about the Bobcats

Queen City Hoops

Jan 16

Highlights: Victor Oladipo scores career-high 35

Jan 16

Highlights: Jameer Nelson turns back the clock

Jan 16

Grades: Chicago Bulls 128, Orlando Magic 125 (3 OT)

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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

 

Chicago Bulls 128 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
15-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 35 PTS | +9

This was Oladipo’s best game as a pro. Far better than his triple-double performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 3, considering the quality of competition. It’s not every day that you see Jimmy Butler (an elite defender) get torched defensively, but that’s what happened. There were times when Butler looked completely overwhelmed trying to defend Oladipo off the dribble. To say Oladipo took advantage would be an understatement.

Jameer Nelson
13-30 FG | 3-13 3P | 6 REB | 10 AST | 31 PTS | -3

Whipping out the “Big Balls Dance” (patented by Sam Cassell), after making a midrange jumper to tie things up at 101 apiece with 11.2 seconds left in regulation, resulted in a $15,000 fine for Nelson. It would have been worth it had the Magic won. Instead, the celebration serves as nothing more than a footnote from a wild and crazy game.

Tobias Harris
10-16 FG | 1-3 3P | 16 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +5

Unlike his other Magic teammates, Harris put up big numbers but did so in quiet fashion. He refrained from chucking up jumpers and instead attacked the rim, doing so with great success, just like Oladipo and Nelson. And with Nikola Vucevic out, Harris picked up the slack in the rebounding department, though he had trouble — at times — keeping Joakim Noah off the offensive glass.

Glen Davis
7-18 FG | 1-3 3P | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -1

You have to wonder what goes through Big Baby’s head sometimes. With Orlando trailing 126-125 in triple overtime, Augustin missed a layup with 10.9 seconds left that would have extended the Bulls’ lead to three. Nelson raced down the court and passed the ball to Davis, who proceeded to shoot a 3-pointer and have it partially blocked by Butler, resulting in an air ball. Why take that shot?

Chicago Bulls

There was a point in the third quarter when it looked like Chicago was going to suffer an embarrassing blowout loss to the Magic. Kyle O’Quinn just went coast-to-coast for a layup off a steal to extend Orlando’s lead to 15. But the Bulls, stubborn as they are, never gave up and got themselves a hard-earned road victory in triple overtime.

Jan 16

Jameer Nelson fined $15,000 for obscene gesture

Via NBA press release:

Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the Magic’s 128-125 loss in triple overtime to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Amway Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

Nelson’s actions occurred with 0:11 remaining in the 4th quarter of the game.

Jan 15

Video: Big Baby giveth and Big Baby taketh away

Jan 15

Video: Mike Dunleavy hits clutch 3-pointer

Jan 15

Video: Jameer Nelson does “Sam Cassell dance”

Jan 15

Preview: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
  • Date: January 15, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Bulls: 17-18
  • Magic: 10-28

Probable starters

Bulls:

  • Kirk Hinrich
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Mike Dunleavy
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Joakim Noah

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Glen Davis

Advanced stats

Bulls:

  • Pace: 90.5 (28th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 99.7 (29th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 100.4 (2nd of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 94.1 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.1 (27th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.5 (17th of 30)

Read about the Bulls

Blog a Bull

Jan 14

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Zach Lowe of Grantland: “It has been a bit of a rough go for Oladipo after a promising start. He’s shooting just 41 percent, and an icy 29 percent from deep; he’s lost his starting spot twice; and his turnover rate is scary. But the dude plays hard, he gets to the line, and the Magic are right to stretch him a bit as a ball handler.”
  • The Orlando Magic got blown out on the road. What else is new?
  • Watching the Magic’s last eight games during their losing streak “have been a huge waste of time” as one writer puts it.
  • “Oladipo has a chance to become an elite scorer in the NBA.”
  • It was a rough West Coast road trip for Orlando, as they went 0-5, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Jacque Vaughn from finding positives.
  • Arron Afflalo is a worthy All-Star candidate.
  • Is it time to start Victor Oladipo at point guard and slide Jameer Nelson to the bench? Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel thinks so.
  • Matt Moore of CBSSports.com on Vaughn’s coaching job to date: “Vaughn seems to do more than you’d expect with this roster, just like he did last year, but then you look at the overall record. They seem to have a plan on offense and an idea on defense, but the translation of execution isn’t there. Still too early to judge Vaughn, but there’s some stuff there to like.”
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