Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 38

Nov 14

Highlights: Arron Afflalo sets a new career high

Nov 14

Grades: Orlando Magic 94, Milwaukee Bucks 91

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Orlando Magic 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Vucevic
6-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +2

Vucevic made two big plays. First, he came up with a huge block on O.J. Mayo with 1:09 remaining and the Magic clinging to a 92-89 lead. Then a few possessions later, Vucevic threw down an uncontested dunk that made it 94-91 with 9.2 seconds left — the Bucks failed to tie the game with a 3-pointer with no timeouts.

Victor Oladipo
4-14 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +10

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. How does that axiom apply to Oladipo? He shot 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) at the rim against the Bucks. Time and again, he attacked the basket. Time and again, he couldn’t convert. Oladipo really struggled, in particular, trying to finish through John Henson’s pterodactyl arms.

Arron Afflalo
11-15 FG | 8-11 3P | 8 REB | 6 AST | 36 PTS | +4

Twice this season, Afflalo has flirted with setting a new career-high in points. Tonight, the flirting reached critical mass, as Afflalo set a new career-high in points and 3-point field goals made. He seemingly couldn’t miss in the second half, and you couldn’t help but wonder what the Milwaukee players were thinking as they continuously helped off of him on defense.

Maurice Harkless
5-11 FG | 0-4 FT | 3 BLK | 9 REB | 10 PTS | +6

It’s hard to choose the play of the night for Harkless, who had a number of action-packed sequences against the Bucks. Was it his monstrous weak-side block on Khris Middleton’s layup attempt? Or his spin move and dunk off the dribble? Or his steal and dunk to beat the buzzer at the end of the second quarter? There’s no wrong answer.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee was without Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour, and Larry Sanders against Orlando. And to make matters worse, Caron Butler left the game late in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury. Yet the Bucks, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, almost escaped with a victory despite dressing only eight players. A valiant effort from a shorthanded squad.

Nov 13

Video: Maurice Harkless busts out a spin move

Nov 13

Preview: Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 13, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Bucks: 2-4
  • Magic: 3-5

Probable starters

Bucks:

  • Nate Wolters
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Caron Butler
  • Khris Middleton
  • Ekpe Udoh

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Jason Maxiell
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats

Bucks:

  • Pace: 92.6 (22nd of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.7 (22nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 107.6 (25th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 97.2 (9th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (19th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 101.3 (7th of 30)

Read about the Bucks

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Nov 13

Glen Davis fined

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Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have fined forward Glen Davis an undisclosed amount following his actions on Saturday, Nov. 9, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

“We will not tolerate or condone this type of behavior,” said Hennigan. “As we have stated repeatedly, when a player puts on an Orlando Magic uniform, he is representing something much greater than himself. We expect our players to uphold a certain standard of conduct and character at all times.”

There will be no further comment on the incident.

Nov 12

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • The headline says it all: “Glen Davis trashes a computer keyboard after being denied access to a fully booked hotel.”
  • Roger Simmons of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic player Glen “Big Baby” Davis is apologizing for throwing a temper tantrum and breaking a computer at a downtown Orlando motel over the weekend. TMZ Sports first reported the incident, posting the hotel’s security camera video on its website.”
  • Glen Davis caused a bit of a ruckus at a Travelodge in Orlando following the Magic’s 91-89 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on Davis’ incident: “My thought: Travelodge? He’s making $6.4 million this season. Maybe I’m missing something but… Travelodge?”
  • Which NBA prospects should Magic fans keep an eye out for.
  • Head coach Jacque Vaughn is aware of what happened with Davis.
  • Tobias Harris, who’s currently nursing an ankle injury, a couple weeks away from returning to the floor for Orlando.
  • D.J. Foster of ProBasketballTalk: “It’s not very often you see a guard breakout in his 7th year, but all of the sudden Arron Afflalo is scoring like a legitimate first option. How? Location, location, location. Give Jacque Vaughn and the Magic coaching staff credit for posting up Afflalo at the elbow relentlessly, a spot where he’s a handful for defenders because of his size and strength.”
  • Afflalo is becoming one of the better shooting guards in the NBA.
  • Let the draft scouting begin.
  • The Magic showed no fight in Monday’s loss versus the Boston Celtics.

Nov 11

Grades: Boston Celtics 120, Orlando Magic 105

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Boston Celtics 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
105 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Vucevic, unsurprisingly, abused Kelly Olynyk on offense at every available opportunity. Brad Stevens was smart to limit the minutes of his defense-averse rookie until late in the second half, and Vucevic didn’t put up huge numbers as a result. Still, at times he showed off the physicality, shooting touch, and overall knack that’s made him something close to a revelation in Orlando.

Victor Oladipo
7-17 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -10

Oladipo took 11 shots outside the paint in this game and made only four of them. That accuracy, though far from stellar, isn’t what’s most troubling; the overall shot distribution bothers far more. Oladipo is letting the defense off the hook by taking pull-ups in transition or with the shot-clock winding down. He’s too effective as a penetrator to rely so much on his jumper.

Arron Afflalo
6-12 FG | 2-5 3P | 4 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Afflalo’s offensive game was on point from the opening tip. He made several jumpers of the pull-up and catch-shoot variety, got to the rim off the dribble, and made plays for his teammates. Afflalo’s normal defensive worth wasn’t as evident against a hot-shooting Celtics team, but that’s not necessarily damning. This was another solid outing in a season full of them.

Maurice Harkless
4-10 FG | 2-3 3P | 5 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -13

A bright spot for Orlando early, Harkless couldn’t sustain that high level of play for the entire 48 minutes. His jumper fell and he made some plays off the dribble in the first half, but he — like a lot of his teammates, actually — was mostly absent on both ends in the second stanza. On the whole, Harkless didn’t stand out much one way or another.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics shot 60 percent from the field in this game. Normally that’s indicative of a poor defensive effort from the opposition, but that wasn’t necessarily the case tonight. Orlando got lost in half-court rotations, beat in the post, and ran by in transition, but its level of play wasn’t the biggest issue. Boston simply shot the lights out. Sometimes there’s just not much the defense can do.

Nov 11

Video: Orlando shows off nice ball movement

Nov 11

Preview: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics
  • Date: November 11, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: TD Garden

Records

  • Magic: 3-4
  • Celtics: 3-4

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Jason Maxiell
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Celtics:

  • Avery Bradley
  • Jordan Crawford
  • Jeff Green
  • Brandon Bass
  • Vitor Faverani

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 97.2 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.3 (22nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 98.2 (5th of 30)

Celtics:

  • Pace: 92.5 (24th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 99.7 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 102.3 (10th of 30)

Read about the Celtics

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Nov 10

Grades: Atlanta Hawks 104, Orlando Magic 94

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Atlanta Hawks 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | -12

Early in the fourth quarter, Vucevic airballed a midrange jumper along the right baseline. Then on the ensuing possession, he got stripped by Paul Millsap as he attacked the rim off the dribble. As Millsap was dribbling up the court, Vucevic immediately fouled him from behind in frustration. It was that type of night for Vucevic, who couldn’t get anything going offensively.

Victor Oladipo
2-8 FG | 1-2 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +9

It was a quiet night for Oladipo, who met stiff resistance from the Hawks’ big men (especially Al Horford) whenever he drove to the basket, which resulted in his lowest scoring output of the season so far. Learning how to finish at the rim while protecting his body is something that Oladipo will need to work on as the regular season progresses.

Jameer Nelson
4-9 FG | 3-6 3P | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | -12

The 3-pointer was good to Nelson, which accounted for most of his scoring, and he made some nice drive-and-kick passes for assists in pick-and-roll sets. But he was thoroughly outplayed by Jeff Teague (19 points and 13 assists). In fairness to Nelson, though, Teague — with his explosiveness — is a handful for almost any point guard in the NBA.

Andrew Nicholson
5-9 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | 0

Stat of the night: Nicholson notched his first assist of the 2012-13 season. The irony being that it took him seven games to do it. The lucky recipient of Nicholson’s charity was Kyle O’Quinn, who converted an easy layup after Nicholson faced up, drew two defenders as he was going to the basket, and found O’Quinn wide open in the paint.

Atlanta Hawks

November 8, 2010. That’s the last time Orlando beat Atlanta in a regular season game. After sweeping the Hawks in historic fashion in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the Magic have been dominated in this matchup. The front offices have changed, the coaches have changed, the players have changed, yet the losses keep piling up for Orlando against Atlanta.

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