Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 39

Dec 02

Grades: Washington Wizards 98, Orlando Magic 80

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Washington Wizards 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
80 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -19

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
4-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -21

His jumper wasn’t falling and he only had moderate success attacking the rim off the dribble against Nene and Gortat, but Oladipo still managed to have some moments of pure brilliance. Like midway through the first quarter, when he threaded the needle and made a precise bounce pass from half-court to a streaking Maurice Harkless for a dunk in transition.

Arron Afflalo
10-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -9

He could have shot more 3s and gotten to the free throw line more, but outside of those two things, there’s not much else Afflalo could have done offensively. His defense, on the other hand, could have been better. Although Trevor Ariza wasn’t his primary assignment, when Afflalo was defending him, he lost track of Ariza a few times and gave him too many quality looks from the perimeter.

Maurice Harkless
7-13 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 16 PTS | -8

This is an instance where the numbers can lie. Harkless was the Magic’s second-leading scorer on the night, but a majority of his points came in garbage time when the game was already decided. This isn’t to say Harkless didn’t play well. He did. But context is everything in the NBA and Harkless put up empty stats against the Wizards.

Washington Wizards

Magic fans had to be getting flashbacks to the 2009 NBA Finals as tonight’s game unfolded, given that Trevor Ariza (a former Magic killer with the Los Angeles Lakers) couldn’t miss from the perimeter. He had 24 points (8-for-9 shooting) and made all four of his 3-point attempts, and was the biggest reason why Washington beat Orlando with incredible ease.

Dec 02

Video: Victor Oladipo threads the needle

Dec 02

Preview: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards
  • Date: December 2, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: NBA TV
  • Arena: Verizon Center

Records

  • Magic: 6-10
  • Wizards: 8-9

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Victor Oladipo
  • E’Twaun Moore
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Glen Davis
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Wizards:

  • John Wall
  • Martell Webster
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Nene Hilario
  • Marcin Gortat

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.8 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.1 (20th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.8 (13th of 30)

Wizards:

  • Pace: 95.0 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.3 (18th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.0 (14th of 30)

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Truth About It

Nov 30

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 109, Orlando Magic 91

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San Antonio Spurs 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 BLK | 7 REB | 12 PTS | -20

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
6-14 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 BLK | 4 REB | 15 PTS | -20

Oladipo was fairly ordinary on offense, but he made some spectacular plays defensively. Like his two blocks on Jeff Ayres and Tiago Splitter in the second half that were right out of Dwyane Wade’s playbook. On both plays, Ayres and Splitter drove to the basket but were denied by Oladipo, who came from the weak-side to block each big man at the rim.

Arron Afflalo
6-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -30

Like many of the players for the Magic, Afflalo couldn’t get much going offensively. He had plenty of quality looks, but the shots didn’t fall for him. The fact that he was able to churn out a somewhat-efficient performance against one of the best defenses in the NBA speaks to some of the strides Afflalo has made on offense this season.

Maurice Harkless
4-7 FG | 3-4 3P | 2 STL | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

After starting the first 13 games of the regular season, Harkless has been coming off the bench — with Oladipo essentially taking his place — and adjusting to his new role. In limited minutes against the Spurs, he played fairly well. He shot 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line, which matched his career-high for 3-point field goals made in a game.

San Antonio Spurs

It’s no secret that Orlando is trying to build themselves in San Antonio’s image, which is a smart thing to do. But the Spurs reminded the Magic how far away they are from competing on a nightly basis, let alone winning on a nightly basis. Even without Tony Parker (ankle), San Antonio was methodical in their win — getting contributions from practically everyone on the roster.

Nov 30

Video: Oladipo channels his inner-Wade

Nov 29

Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 28, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Spurs: 13-2
  • Magic: 6-9

Probable starters

Spurs:

  • Corey Joseph
  • Danny Green
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Tim Duncan
  • Tiago Splitter

Magic:

  • Victor Oladipo
  • E’Twaun Moore
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Glen Davis
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats

Spurs:

  • Pace: 95.0 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 106.5 (8th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 95.1 (2nd of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.9 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.5 (18th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.1 (11th of 30)

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48 Minutes of Hell

Nov 28

Grades: Orlando Magic 105, Philadelphia 76ers 94

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Orlando Magic 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Vucevic
10-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 16 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | +9

Victor Oladipo
7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 STL | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +9

Glen Davis
9-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +3

Arron Afflalo
6-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +7

Philadelphia 76ers

Nov 28

Video: Nelson feeds Oladipo for a dunk

Nov 27

Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 26, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Sixers: 6-9
  • Magic: 5-9

Probable starters

Sixers:

  • Michael Carter-Williams
  • Evan Turner
  • James Anderson
  • Lavoy Allen
  • Daniel Orton

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Glen Davis
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats

Sixers:

  • Pace: 99.5 (1st of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.4 (24th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.9 (25th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.7 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.3 (18th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.7 (14th of 30)

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Nov 27

Fox Sports Florida to reveal Top 25 Magic moments

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

On Friday, Nov. 29 at 10:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Orlando Magic, will debut a new episode of “Inside the Magic” upon conclusion of the Magic vs. San Antonio Spurs game. Titled “Top 25 Moments,” this episode will take viewers through the different eras of Magic basketball, and along the way, showcase the 25 greatest moments in Orlando Magic history.

From the awarding of the franchise in 1987, to the NBA Finals in 1995 and 2009, this episode is filled with the absolute best moments in franchise history. Buzzer beaters, All-Star games and franchise record setting performances are all included in this truly must-watch episode for Magic fans statewide.

These episodes feature interviews with:

- Orlando Magic first collegiate draft pick / FOX Sports Florida analyst Nick Anderson

- Former Orlando Magic player (2004 – 2008) / FOX Sports Florida analyst Tony Battie

- Former Orlando Magic coach (1993 – 1997 & 2005 – 2007) / FOX Sports Florida analyst Brian Hill

- 25-season veteran Magic reporter / host Paul Kennedy

- Original radio voice of the Magic / FOX Sports Florida play-by-play announcer David Steele

- Orlando Magic inaugural team member / FOX Sports Florida analyst Jeff Turner

- Orlando Magic co-founder / first general manager Pat Williams

- Orlando Magic reporter Jessica Blaylock

- Orlando Magic announcer Dante Marchitelli

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