Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 185

Feb 10

StubHub Ticket Giveaway Round 2: Enter for a chance to watch the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers at Amway Center on February 13

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Magic Basketball will occasionally give away free tickets to upcoming Orlando Magic home games with StubHub serving as the provider. How do you enter for a chance to win Magic tickets?

Easy.

Answer a trivia question.

The rules are simple:

  • If you’re able to attend the game, you’re more than welcome to submit your answer in the comments section.
  • Please do not answer more than once or add irrelevant commentary to your submission.
  • Two tickets will be given away, which means you can bring a second person.
  • In future instances, readers will be given 24 hours to submit their answers before a winner is announced. The winner will be determined by random drawing and contacted by e-mail (please make sure to submit a valid e-mail address).

Due to extenuating circumstances for today’s contest, everyone has until 6:00 PM EST to post a response. That’s six hours from now. There’s six tickets, in total, that will be given away so readers have three chances to win tickets to see the Lakers on Sunday.

Which player will have the most points in tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers?

Enjoy!

Feb 10

A steady descent for the Orlando Magic

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It was January 9.

The Orlando Magic just got done beating the Dallas Mavericks the night before to extend their winning streak to nine games — tying a franchise record. The Magic’s record was 25-12, third in the Eastern Conference, and they were within striking distance of the Miami Heat (trailed by 3.5 games) for the No. 2 seed. It looked like general manager Otis Smith struck gold with two blockbuster trades that brought Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson into the fray.

All was well.

The playmaking that was needed? Turkoglu took care of that.

The offensive firepower on the perimeter that was lacking? Arenas, Turkoglu, and Richardson brought the ammunition.

Unfortunately for Orlando, their nine-game winning streak — looking back on it now — was fool’s gold. That 22-point win over the San Antonio Spurs? The Spurs were playing on a back-to-back and head coach Gregg Popovich waved the white flag early in the third quarter, knowing the outcome was decided. That eight-point win over the Boston Celtics? Rajon Rondo, someone that has given the Magic plenty of problems in the past, didn’t play due to sprained left ankle (Kendrick Perkins was out, as well). That 10-point win over the Mavericks? Dirk Nowitzki sat out of the game with a sprained right knee. Orlando’s lone other win against a winning team in that timeframe came against the New York Knicks, a squad that is merely average and capable of beating beaten on any given night. Especially by the Magic.

Granted, Orlando has had some close losses too.

Losing by three to the New Orleans Hornets in overtime. Losing by a point to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Losing by three to the Celtics. Losing by nine points to the Chicago Bulls. Losing by four points to the Miami Heat. These aren’t bad losses, per se, but they’re not wins either.

For the Magic, close enough isn’t good enough. Not for a franchise that’s been considered part of the elite in the NBA since 2009 when they made their run to the Finals. And since Orlando’s winning streak, they’re 9-8 in their last 17 games and looking less like a championship contender.

It’s spurred writers from around the blogosphere to ask if the Magic are done?

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Feb 10

Recap: Orlando Magic 99, Philadelphia 76ers 95

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BOX SCORE

The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 99-95, winning their second game in as many nights. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard had a magnificent outing, posting 30 points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks but most importantly, going 14-of-19 from the free-throw line. J.J. Redick chipped in with 13 points, while Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, and Ryan Anderson each finished with 12 points. Hedo Turkoglu contributed with 10 points. This was an evening where, once again, perimeter players were able to have their way against Orlando but it wasn’t enough to overtake them. Lou Williams, Jodie Meeks, and Andre Iguodala didn’t have too many problems scoring with the basketball but unfortunately for the Sixers, they got little help from their teammates aside from Elton Brand. But ultimately, Howard’s free-throw shooting — particularly late in the fourth quarter — proved to be the difference for the Magic. With the victory, Orlando gets to return to the friendly confines of the Amway Center, in which they’ll play nine of their next 10 games at home and all in the state of Florida — the lone road game being a matchup with the Miami Heat to finish off their season series.

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Feb 09

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman

Feb 09

Preview: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers

7:00 EDT | Sun Sports
33-20 @ 24-27
Pythagorean Record: 37-16 Pythagorean Record: 27-24
Pace: 92.1 (16th) Pace: 91.3 (19th)
Offensive Rating: 108.2 (11th) Offensive Rating: 106.6 (16th)
Defensive Rating: 102.2 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 105.5 (12th)
Wells Fargo Center | Season series tied 1-1

Feb 09

Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard to surprise students at Lake Como Elementary on Thursday

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Orlando Magic All-Star Dwight Howard will visit Lake Como Elementary School (901 S. Bumby Ave., Orlando, 32806) on Thursday, February 10 at 12:45 p.m. to surprise the students with news that he is the “Superman” behind their Blessings in a Backpack program. Along with Howard, the students will receive visits from STUFF the Magic Mascot and the Magic Dancers.

Howard, school staff and Magic volunteers have made Blessings in a Backpack a big success at Lake Como and Kaley Elementary. The Blessings in a Backpack program is designed to provide food and nutrition to children on weekends when school is not in session so come Monday they return ready to learn. After meeting the students, Howard and Magic volunteers will fill backpacks to go home with hundreds of students for the weekend.

“Studies show that children who do not have enough to eat have a difficult time staying focused,” said Magic Vice President of Community Relations/Government Affairs Linda Landman Gonzalez. “Thanks to Dwight’s generosity, these students will have nutritional choices on the weekend and come to school on Monday ready to learn.”

“The Blessings in a Backpack program has allowed our students to put learning first and taken hunger out of the equation,” said Lake Como Elementary Guidance Counselor Sandy Glaize. “Any program or intervention that mitigates the devastating effects of hunger on children is invaluable to the community. Dwight Howard and the Magic’s generous contribution of funds and volunteer time has made that possible for our Lake Como students. Since the program began in 2008, the Magic’s contribution has provided over 50,000 weekend meals to our students.”

Feb 09

StubHub Ticket Giveaway Round 1: Enter for a chance to watch the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers at Amway Center on February 13

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Magic Basketball will occasionally give away free tickets to upcoming Orlando Magic home games with StubHub serving as the provider. How do you enter for a chance to win Magic tickets?

Easy.

Answer a trivia question.

The rules are simple:

  • If you’re able to attend the game, you’re more than welcome to submit your answer in the comments section.
  • Please do not answer more than once or add irrelevant commentary to your submission.
  • Two tickets will be given away, which means you can bring a second person.
  • In future instances, readers will be given 24 hours to submit their answers before a winner is announced. The winner will be determined by random drawing and contacted by e-mail (please make sure to submit a valid e-mail address).

Due to extenuating circumstances for today’s contest, everyone has until 7:00 PM EST to post a response. That’s 12 hours from now. There’s six tickets, in total, that will be given away so readers have three chances to win tickets to see the Lakers on Sunday.

Which player will have the most assists in tonight’s game between the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers?

Enjoy!

Feb 09

Recap: Orlando Magic 101, Los Angeles Clippers 85

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

BOX SCORE

The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers by the score of 101-85 in a game that was unbearable to watch, at times, but got more enjoyable as things progressed. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, with six players scoring in double-figures. Dwight Howard finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds, and two steals — it’s his fourth 20-20 game of the season. Jameer Nelson had one of his more efficient performances of the year, putting up 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field (4-of-5 from three-point range). Ryan Anderson chipped in with 13 points, while J.J. Redick had 12 points and the unfortunate sequence of getting his ankles broken by Randy Foye in the second quarter. Jason Richardson and Earl Clark each had 10 points. Perhaps the most impressive thing Orlando can take away from the victory is that the team’s defense on Blake Griffin, and it was definitely a team effort, was excellent. Griffin was limited to 10 points and 12 rebounds, which speaks volumes to the sort of production that he is accustomed to attaining on any given night. Nevertheless, even though the Magic won, they beat a Clippers team that didn’t have Eric Gordon due to an injured wrist. That put a lot of pressure on Los Angeles to find scoring elsewhere and they were unable to do so.

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Feb 08

Orlando Magic recognized by National Sports Forum

Via the Orlando Magic:

The opening of the new state-of-the-art Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. involved an all-hands-on-deck approach from local tourism, political, business and community leaders.

Now, Dwight’s Howard’s “hand” has brought national recognition to the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic were awarded the 2011 ADchievement Award for “Best Sales Collateral” at the National Sports Forum, held in Louisville, Ky. Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.

The winning piece, the ENTER LEGEND invitation, gift and brochure for membership to the Chairman’s Suite presented by the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club at the new Amway Center, featured Howard’s handprint that was produced from plaster cast and hand-painted (photo attached), leaving a personal touch for each person who was marketed for membership into the most exclusive area in the Amway Center. Only 200 handprints were made, and they were also autographed by Howard before being delivered to each recipient.

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Feb 08

Preview: Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic

7:00 EST | Fox Sports Florida
19-31 @ 32-20
Pythagorean Record: 21-29 Pythagorean Record: 36-16
Pace: 92.3 (14th) Pace: 92.1 (16th)
Offensive Rating: 106.5 (16th) Offensive Rating: 108.2 (11th)
Defensive Rating: 109.2 (20th) Defensive Rating: 102.5 (4th)
Amway Center | Magic lead season series 1-0
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