Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 56

Apr 02

Grades: Houston Rockets 111, Orlando Magic 103

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Houston Rockets 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -10

The last time these two teams met, Vucevic out-double-doubled the Rockets’ double-double machine. In their rubber match, Omer Asik got the better of Vucevic. Asik played a masterful game, tying a career-high with 22 points to go along with 18 rebounds. His finest work came on the defensive end, where he severely hampered Vucevic’s ability to score in the post.

Maurice Harkless
10-18 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 28 PTS | -3

That sound you hear is the light bulb going off for Harkless in his head. He’s becoming more and more assertive offensively, and it’s reflecting in his numbers. The latest example being his career-high 28-point performance against the Rockets. What stands out the most is that Harkless is actively looking to score now. That wasn’t the case earlier in the season.

Tobias Harris
6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | -9

It was a tale of two halves for Harris. He got bullied by Greg Smith in the first quarter as he was trying to defend him on the low block. And he got off to a slow start offensively in the first half. But Harris snapped out of his funk after halftime and finished the game strong on both ends of the floor.

Beno Udrih
6-10 FG | 3-3 3P | 10 AST | 1 REB | 17 PTS | -13

After transforming into Allen Iverson against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Udrih returned to form and did his job in running the Magic’s offense instead of shooting to his heart’s content. Udrih made things interesting at the end, making two 3-pointers in the closing minutes as Orlando tried to frantically come back from a double-digit deficit, but it was too little too late.

Houston Rockets

The run-and-gun Rockets were in such control of this game — sans James Harden and Chandler Parsons — that head coach Kevin McHale elected to sit Asik and Jeremy Lin, and play most of his bench for the entirety of the final period. It was a decision that almost came back to haunt him, as Houston had to hold off a late Orlando rally before securing the win.

Apr 01

Preview: Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets
  • Date: April 1, 2013
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Toyota Center

Records

  • Magic: 19-55
  • Rockets: 40-33

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Beno Udrih
  • DeQuan Jones
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn

Rockets:

  • Jeremy Lin
  • James Anderson
  • Francisco Garcia
  • Greg Smith
  • Omer Asik

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.1 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.1 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.2 (26th of 30)

Rockets:

  • Pace: 96.0 (1st of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 109.8 (9th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.1 (16th of 30)

Read about the Rockets

Red94

Apr 01

Monday’s Magic Word

  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “Tobias Harris set his career high in points twice last week, dropping 29 on the Bobcats and 30 on the Wizards, a game Orlando actually won! He has averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 boards in his 19 games with the Magic, who got Nikola Vucevic back from a five-game absence on Saturday, but lost Jameer Nelson to a sprained ankle and are without Arron Afflalo (torn hamstring) for the rest of the season.”
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “League Pass addicts will tell you that the Tobias Harris/Moe Harkless combo is enough to keep you reasonably entertained. Can’t co-sign that one. I suppose I can muddle through Magic games without Arron Afflalo or Big Baby Davis, but those five games sans Nikola Vucevic were rough.”
  • The Magic will be without Jameer Nelson (sprained ankle) against the Houston Rockets in tonight’s game.
  • On the flipside, the Rockets will likely be without James Harden (sore right foot) and Chandler Parsons (food poisoning).
  • Orlando’s top five plays from the month of March.
  • Getting back in transition will be a point of emphasis for the Magic, given that the Rockets lead the NBA in pace (96 possessions per game).

Mar 31

Grades: Atlanta Hawks 97, Orlando Magic 88

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AP Photo/John Amis

 

Atlanta Hawks 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
8-17 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 STL | 15 REB | 17 PTS | -7

Beno Udrih
8-23 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 20 PTS | +2

Maurice Harkless
6-10 FG | 4-8 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -10

Tobias Harris
5-18 FG | 1-4 3P | 1 AST | 10 REB | 11 PTS | -1

Atlanta Hawks

Mar 30

Preview: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks
  • Date: March 30, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Phillips Arena

Records

  • Magic: 19-54
  • Hawks: 40-33

Probable starters

Magic:

  • Beno Udrih
  • DeQuan Jones
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn

Hawks:

  • Jeff Teague
  • Devin Harris
  • Kyle Korver
  • Josh Smith
  • Johan Petro

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.0 (15th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.4 (26th of 30)

Hawks:

  • Pace: 92.4 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 104.8 (18th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 114.3 (10th of 30)

Read about the Hawks

HawksHoop

Mar 30

Highlights: Tobias Harris sets another career-high

Mar 30

Grades: Orlando Magic 97, Washington Wizards 92

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AP Photo/John Raoux

 

Orlando Magic 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Washington Wizards

Tobias Harris
11-21 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 BLK | 11 REB | 30 PTS | -3

Maurice Harkless
6-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 BLK | 9 REB | 18 PTS | -9

E’Twaun Moore
7-13 FG | 1-3 3P | 4 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | +17

Andrew Nicholson
6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 AST | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +20

Washington Wizards

Mar 30

Video: DeQuan Jones dunks with authority

Mar 29

Preview: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic
  • Date: March 29, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Wizards: 26-45
  • Magic: 18-54

Probable starters

Wizards:

  • John Wall
  • Garrett Temple
  • Chris Singleton
  • Trevor Booker
  • Emeka Okafor

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • DeQuan Jones
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn

Advanced stats

Wizards:

  • Pace: 92.1 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 99.9 (30th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 102.6 (6th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.0 (15th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.1 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.5 (27th of 30)

Read about the Wizards

Truth About It

Mar 29

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated: “Although the Bucks have benefited from the addition of J.J. Redick, the deadline deal that landed him in Milwaukee may one day be known as the “Tobias Harris trade.” After averaging less than five points and 12 minutes per game in Milwaukee, the second-year forward has averaged 15.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17 games in Orlando. He’s started the last 10 games for the Magic and could be a fixture in their starting lineup for years to come if the last few weeks are any indication.”
  • The Orlando Magic are trying to move past the Charlotte Bobcats for the worst record in the NBA. Oh, the joys of tanking.
  • As the 2013 NBA Draft nears, Hardwood Paroxysm conducts a roundtable discussion and discusses which player from this year’s draft class is the best fit for the Magic.
  • Nikola Vucevic is making progress in his recovery from a concussion he suffered against the Indiana Pacers on March 19.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is convinced that, in time, his squad’s young players will be better for having gone through some of the struggles of this season. That’s one reason why Vaughn isn’t fearful of getting players out of their comfort zones on the basketball court. He hasn’t hesitated using players at various unnatural positions and he’s pushed them beyond their normal minutes limits to see how they will respond to different challenges. Again, Vaughn knows that this time will prove beneficial to the Magic down the line.”
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