Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 25

Jan 20

Grades: Orlando Magic 93, Boston Celtics 91

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Orlando Magic 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Boston Celtics

Arron Afflalo
7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 13 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | -2

It wasn’t Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier, but Afflalo and Jeff Green had themselves quite the duel that went into a frenzy in the last minute of the game. Afflalo and Green both made layups while defending each other to tie things up at 89 and 91, respectively, before Harris’ game-clinching free throws. Sidenote: Afflalo’s 13 rebounds matched a career-high for him.

Tobias Harris
5-10 FG | 8-12 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Harris had his hands full trying to defend Kris Humphries all night long, but he got the best of him on the game’s defining play. Harris drew a foul on Humphries after he beat him to a loose ball following Nelson’s missed 3-pointer. With the Celtics in the penalty, Harris went to the free throw line and made what ended up being the game-winning free throws.

Glen Davis
8-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 STL | 7 REB | 17 PTS | +9

Orlando involved Davis in the pick-and-roll, which isn’t breaking news, given that the majority of his offensive possessions this season are involved in pick-and-rolls. But it’s how the Magic utilized him that was key. Rather than shoot midrange jump shots in pick-and-pops, which is normally his (below-average) forte, Davis rolled to the basket and attacked the rim to get his points.

Jameer Nelson
3-10 FG | 9-10 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -1

The last time Nelson attempted 10 free throws in a regular season game? On November 1, 2009 against the Toronto Raptors at the start of the 2009-10 season. Needless to say, it’s rare that Nelson gets to the free throw line a lot but that’s what the Magic needed — an anomalous event — to get themselves their first win of 2014.

Boston Celtics

As was the case on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo played in five-minute spurts versus Orlando, with head coach Brad Stevens wisely rationing Rondo’s minutes so that he played in the last five minutes of crunch time. Rondo even made a big midrange jump shot that momentarily gave Boston an 89-87 lead before losing in the last seconds.

Jan 19

Preview: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic
  • Date: January 19, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Celtics: 14-27
  • Magic: 10-30

Probable starters

Celtics:

  • Rajon Rondo
  • Avery Bradley
  • Jeff Green
  • Jared Sullinger
  • Kris Humphries

Magic:

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

Advanced stats

Celtics:

  • Pace: 93.5 (18th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.9 (24th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.8 (15th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 94.1 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.3 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.7 (18th of 30)

Read about the Bobcats

Celtics Hub

Jan 18

Grades: Charlotte Bobcats 111, Orlando Magic 101

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Charlotte Bobcats 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | -7

After missing the previous three games with a strained right foot, Afflalo made his return to the starting lineup against the Bobcats and was his usual efficient self offensively. Afflalo scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, getting to the free throw line at will near the end of the game as the Magic tried make a late comeback bid to no avail.

Jameer Nelson
7-16 FG | 3-7 3P | 1 STL | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -19

On the stat sheet, Nelson played Kemba Walker to a relative stalemate, even though he guarded Michael Kidd-Gilchrist primarily (because of his inability to shoot the basketball and be any sort of offensive threat). It was a ho-hum performance for Nelson, who continues his recent hot streak on offense, albeit in losing efforts.

Victor Oladipo
4-14 FG | 1-4 3P | 5 REB | 10 AST | 11 PTS | -18

It was Oladipo’s posterization of Gerald Henderson that served as the lone highlight in another Magic loss. Midway through the second quarter, Oladipo intercepted a pass from Henderson, then jumped into hyperspace on a one-man fast break. Henderson caught up to Oladipo in transition, tried to block his dunk attempt, and got jammed on. Oladipo flexed in celebration and rightfully so.

Glen Davis
5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9

Al Jefferson (30 points and 16 rebounds) systematically destroyed Davis in this game. Big Al put on a clinic in the low and high post on the left block, an area on the court where he’s made a name for himself in the NBA over the years. This is a game where Orlando missed Nikola Vucevic, as his length could have helped to slow down Jefferson.

Charlotte Bobcats

For a brief moment, it looked like the Bobcats were going to blow out the Magic in the first quarter. Charlotte jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the period, before Orlando slowly chipped away at the deficit and took the lead in the second quarter. The Bobcats restored order eventually, going on a free throw parade in the fourth quarter (shooting 16-for-20 on FTs) to seal the win.

Jan 18

Video: Victor Oladipo posterizes Gerald Henderson

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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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

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