Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 40

Dec 16

Video: Glen Davis takes Carlos Boozer for a spin

Dec 16

Preview: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls
  • Date: December 15, 2013
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: United Center

Records

  • Magic: 7-17
  • Bulls: 9-13

Probable starters

Magic:

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

Bulls:

  • Marquis Teague
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Joakim Noah

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.1 (11th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.3 (24th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.8 (18th of 30)

Bulls:

  • Pace: 90.5 (28th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 99.3 (28th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 100.6 (4th of 30)

Read about the Thunder

Blog a Bull

Dec 15

Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 101, Orlando Magic 98

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Oklahoma City Thunder 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 16 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -2

It was a relatively quiet night for Vucevic. He made the most noise in the first quarter — flirting with a double-double (eight points and eight rebounds) — before discreetly going about his business the remainder of the game. In fact, Vucevic may have been too discrete. It never felt like he made any tangible impact when he was on the floor.

Victor Oladipo
5-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +3

Russell Westbrook is seen by many as the best-case scenario for Oladipo. Westbrook was a shooting guard in college with explosive athleticism that successfully converted to the point guard position in the NBA. The Magic hope Oladipo can do the same. The flashes are there. Against the Thunder, Oladipo made several nice pocket passes to his teammates that led to made baskets.

Arron Afflalo
9-20 FG | 2-7 3P | 4 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | +2

As the fourth quarter got underway, it seemed like Afflalo was well on his way to another substandard performance offensively. He had as many points as shots (16). Then midway through the period, Afflalo started to catch fire. He scored nine points (3-for-4 shooting) and helped the Magic nearly steal a win on the road against an undefeated Oklahoma City team at home.

Jameer Nelson
4-11 FG | 4-7 3P | 1 REB | 8 AST | 13 PTS | +2

All of Nelson’s made field goals were 3-pointers. He tried to score at the rim, but the Thunder did a good job of contesting his shots. The one possession that stands out the most occurred in the fourth quarter when Nelson drove to the basket and Kevin Durant came from the weak-side to swat his shot into the stands. That’s the type of interior defense Nelson was dealing with.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant and Westbrook stuffed the stat sheet, but that’s to be expected. The Oklahoma City players that truly impressed were Jeremy Lamb (16 points) and Reggie Jackson (10 points). Lamb, with his silky smooth jumper, and Jackson, with his aggressive forays at the rim, provided a spark off the bench. For those that have followed the Thunder closely this season, this is nothing new.

Dec 15

Video: Victor Oladipo skies to the rim

Dec 15

Preview: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Date: December 15, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena

Records

  • Magic: 7-16
  • Thunder: 18-4

Probable starters

Magic:

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

Thunder:

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Thabo Sefolosha
  • Kevin Durant
  • Serge Ibaka
  • Kendrick Perkins

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.0 (11th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.3 (24th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.9 (18th of 30)

Thunder:

  • Pace: 96.8 (4th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 108.3 (7th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 101.0 (5th of 30)

Read about the Thunder

Daily Thunder

Dec 13

Highlights: Victor Oladipo matches a career high

Dec 13

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Orlando Magic 100

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Cleveland Cavaliers 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -8

The struggle was real for Vucevic. He had a forgettable 39-second sequence midway through the fourth quarter that exemplified his struggles in this game. On one possession, he got stripped by Dion Waiters while backing down Anderson Varejao in the post, then he committed a frustration foul on Matthew Dellavedova after the ball was stolen. Then on the ensuing possession, Vucevic was called for a moving screen.

Victor Oladipo
9-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | +1

Oladipo’s first basket was a 3-pointer — which he banked in — from the right wing in transition. It was a good omen for Oladipo, who went on to match his career-high with 26 points and did so efficiently. Everything was clicking for him. The jump shot was falling, and he was converting at the rim and getting to the free throw line.

Jameer Nelson
7-15 FG | 3-8 3P | 3 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -7

Layups and 3s. That was Nelson’s night in a nutshell, as he generated a lot of his points in transition and on secondary breaks. The Cavaliers couldn’t have made it any easier on Nelson at times. Particularly in the first quarter, when all his made baskets were layups. It’s a mild surprise that Nelson even bothered to attempt any midrange jumpers.

Arron Afflalo
6-15 FG | 1-7 3P | 5 AST | 4 REB | 17 PTS | -8

Regression to the mean is staring Afflalo in the face right now and the root of the problem is that his 3-point shot has deserted him in recent games. Against Cleveland, Afflalo had plenty of quality looks — thanks to Magic running crisp half-court sets for him — but he was only able to knock down one 3-pointer in seven tries.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers won only their second road game of the season and they have Waiters to thank for that. He scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping Cleveland turn a six-point deficit into an 10-point lead in a five-minute span before cruising to victory. Waiters had his jumper working for him and Orlando was at his mercy.

Dec 13

Video: Oladipo’s block leads to a fast break

Dec 13

Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
  • Date: December 13, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Cavaliers: 8-13
  • Magic: 7-15

Probable starters

Cavaliers:

  • Kyrie Irving
  • C.J. Miles
  • Alonzo Gee
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Andrew Bynum

Magic:

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

Advanced stats

Cavaliers:

  • Pace: 93.2 (20th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 98.4 (28th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.0 (15th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 94.9 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.2 (24th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.6 (16th of 30)

Read about the Cavaliers

Cavs: The Blog

Dec 13

Fans to vote on top moment in Magic history

Via Orlando Magic press release:

In celebration of the Magic’s 25th anniversary season, OrlandoMagic.com will provide fans the opportunity to vote on their top moment in Magic history. Fans can log onto the website through January 31, 2014 for a list of the Magic’s top 25 moments to select their favorite. To get posted on the Magic’s website, fans can also tweet their favorite moment and why using the hashtag #MagicTop25.

The Magic’s top 25 moments (in chronological order):

December 22, 1988 – Orlando Awarded NBA Franchise

October 13, 1989 and November 6, 1989 – Orlando’s First Wins in Franchise History

December 30, 1990 – Skiles Dishes it Out

September 19, 1991 – DeVos Family Caretakers

1992, 1993, 2004 – Lottery Luck

April 23, 1993 – Bring Down the House

May 5, 1995 – The Boston Garden is Now Closed

May 7, 1995 – Anderson Stole the Ball

June 4, 1995 – Why Not Us, Why Not Now?

April 18, 1996 – 3-D from Downtown

April 29, 1997 and May 1, 1997 – Penny Goes to Work

February 22, 1998 – Welcome Back, Shaq

March 15, 1999 – Darrell Beats the Buzzer

March 10, 2004 – T-Mac in the Record Books

February 9, 2007 – Howard Slams Spurs

February 16, 2008 – Superman Steals the Show

January 13, 2009 – Bombs Away!

April 26, 2009 and April 30, 2009 – Ring a Bell in Philadelphia

May 28, 2009 – Boston Beatdown

May 30, 2009 – Return to The Finals

June 9, 2009 – NBA Finals First

October 10, 2010 – Amway Center Opens

January 19, 2011 – The 4-Point Plays

February 24-26, 2012 – All-Stars Hit Orlando

December 31, 2012 – Nik At Night

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