Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 30

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.”

Jan 13

Grades: Dallas Mavericks 107, Orlando Magic 88

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Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images

 

Dallas Mavericks 107 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Jameer Nelson
7-14 FG | 4-8 3P | 2 REB | 7 AST | 21 PTS | -12

With Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Arron Afflalo (foot) out with injuries, Nelson took it upon himself to carry the load offensively with the Magic’s two best players sidelined. And he did his part, drilling 3-pointers and getting to the rim, making Orlando’s short-handed offense look somewhat competent. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t matter, as the Magic got blown out (again).

Glen Davis
8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 STL | 8 REB | 19 PTS | -6

After a quiet first half, Big Baby turned it up in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the period and helping Orlando go on a 16-4 run to cut an 18-point halftime deficit to six. He made a few midrange jump shots and some awkward-looking jump hooks during his scoring spree. The Mavericks undid Davis’ damage by responding with a 12-0 run.

Maurice Harkless
5-11 FG | 1-4 3P | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -19

Harkless had one of his better games of the season. His alley-oop dunk in transition early in the third quarter was pretty to watch, but it was his shot selection throughout the game that was more impressive to see. He was either attempting shots at the rim or behind the 3-point line (while also getting to the free throw line), eschewing the midrange jumper in favor of quality shots.

Victor Oladipo
4-11 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -8

The last time Oladipo played against Dallas, he committed nine turnovers, getting himself in a lot of trouble trying to split the double-team when the Mavericks trapped Oladipo in the pick-and-roll. Dallas showed the same look to Oladipo in tonight’s game, but he did a better job of being patient and not trying to make a play that wasn’t there.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks jumped on a bad Magic team, building a double-digit lead that ballooned to as many as 22 in the second quarter, as Orlando — undermanned and outgunned — could not keep up with Dallas. The Magic, as previously mentioned, made things interesting in the third quarter thanks to Davis getting hot, but make no mistake, the Mavericks were never in danger of losing the game.

Jan 13

Video: Harkless throws down alley-oop dunk

Jan 13

Preview: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks
  • Date: January 13, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: American Airlines Center

Records

  • Magic: 10-27
  • Mavericks: 22-16

Probable starters

Magic:

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

Mavericks:

  • Jose Calderon
  • Monta Ellis
  • Jae Crowder
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Samuel Dalembert

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 94.3 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.1 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.1 (18th of 30)

Mavericks:

  • Pace: 94.7 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 108.4 (8th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.9 (19th of 30)

Read about the Mavericks

Mavs Moneyball

Jan 13

Magic to honor Horace Grant on January 17

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Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

Via Orlando Magic press release:

In continuation of the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary season-long celebration the team will honor former Magic great, Horace Grant, at the Magic’s January 17 matchup vs. the Charlotte Bobcats, tip-off set for 7 p.m. The night will feature a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Grant will join FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast. He will also be featured on Magic Drive Time radio show with host Dante Marchitelli pregame at 5:30 p.m. on 740 The Game. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a collectible 8×10 photo featuring Grant and Kyle O’Quinn. Grant will be available to the media at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Amway Center interview room.

“Legends Nights” is an on-going program which will honor former players/legends throughout the Magic’s Silver Season. Past honorees include Tracy McGrady, Nick Anderson, Pat Williams, Jimmy Hewitt, Dennis Scott and Pat Garrity. In addition to the Magic’s “Legends Nights,” the 2013-14 season will feature the Silver Ticket Sweepstakes and Scratch Off Promotion, special appearances, game entertainment and other events throughout the season.

Grant was originally drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 1987 NBA Draft by Chicago out of Clemson University. He left the Bulls as a free agent in 1994 to join the Magic and played six plus years for Orlando from 1994-99 and 2001-03. Grant appeared in 411 regular season games for the Magic, the eighth-most in franchise history. While with the Magic, he averaged 11.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 1.0 bpg. in 34.6 mpg., and was twice selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1994-95, 1995-96). In addition to finishing eighth all-time in games played with Orlando, Grant ranks on the Magic’s all-time franchise list in rebounds (3,353, fourth), blocked shots (415, fourth), minutes played (14,233, sixth) and steals (426, eighth).

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