Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 47

Dec 04

Highlights: Oladipo’s first career triple-double

Dec 04

Grades: Philadelphia 76ers 126, Orlando Magic 125 (2OT)

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Philadelphia 76ers 126 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
8-18 FG | 10-12 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | -3

The rook scored a career-high 26 points and also recorded his first-career triple-double — getting his 10th rebound in the second overtime to complete the trip-dub. But the man he was marking for much of the game, fellow rookie Michael Carter-Williams, also recorded his first-career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Most importantly, MCW got the win.

Arron Afflalo
14-27 FG | 10-11 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 43 PTS | +5

Afflalo also set a career-high by scoring 43 points. Afflalo did much of his damage on the left side of the floor, which has been the theme for him on offense since the start of the 2012-13 season. But ultimately, the Sixers beat the Magic, so Afflalo’s career night cannot even be properly savored. Which is a shame, because he played out of his mind.

Glen Davis
15-24 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 33 PTS | +8

The lumbering power forward, who never met a midrange jump shot he didn’t like, dropped a career-high 33 points in a losing effort by making a bevy of long two’s. But he snagged just 3 rebounds despite playing 50 minutes. Starting in place of center Nikola Vucevic (ankle), Davis’ lackadaisical rebounding led to the Sixers 56-34 rebounding edge in the game.

Andrew Nicholson
4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 STL | 4 REB | 8 PTS | +1

Nicholson played close to 39 minutes, yet he didn’t record a single assist. But more importantly, he grabbed just four rebounds for the entire game, which is a surprise, given how well he’s been rebounding the basketball this season. He also turned the ball over three times. In all, it was not the best performance from the second-year power forward.

Philadelphia 76ers

They dominated the glass with Vucevic out, and had six separate players score in double figures including three who scored more than 24 points. They did have 23 turnovers, but 15 of them came from Evan Turner and MCW. It was a tense, back-and-forth victory where they gutted it out in double OT to win by a point in an exhilarating game.

Dec 04

Video: Victor Oladipo beats the buzzer

Dec 03

Preview: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Date: December 3, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Wells Fargo Center

Records

  • Magic: 6-11
  • Sixers: 6-12

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Victor Oladipo
  • E’Twaun Moore
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Jason Maxiell
  • Glen Davis

Sixers:

  • Michael Carter-Williams
  • Evan Turner
  • Hollis Thompson
  • Thaddeus Young
  • Spencer Hawes

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 95.6 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.1 (22nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.8 (13th of 30)

Sixers:

  • Pace: 100.0 (1st of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.6 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 107.5 (26th of 30)

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Hoop76

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

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