Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 57

Apr 16

Video: Nikola Vucevic with the steal and slam

Apr 16

Grades: Chicago Bulls 102, Orlando Magic 84

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AP Photo/John Raoux

 

Chicago Bulls 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
84 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 STL | 14 REB | 17 PTS | -25

Tobias Harris
8-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -15

Maurice Harkless
6-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 STL | 5 REB | 16 PTS | -18

Kyle O’Quinn
3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +2

Chicago Bulls

Apr 15

Preview: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
  • Date: April 15, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Bulls: 43-37
  • Magic: 20-60

Probable starters

Bulls:

  • Kirk Hinrich
  • Marco Belinelli
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer

Magic:

  • Beno Udrih
  • E’Twaun Moore
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats

Bulls:

  • Pace: 89.4 (27th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.3 (23rd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 103.2 (7th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.2 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.7 (27th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.0 (25th of 30)

Read about the Bulls

Bulls by the Horns

Apr 15

Monday’s Magic Word

  • David Aldridge of NBA.com selects Nikola Vucevic as his choice for Most Improved Player: “Vucevic gets the nod for doubling his points and rebounds over his rookie season in Philadelphia. Traded south as part of the Dwight Howard-Andrew Bynum-Andre Iguodala four-team deal, Vucevic is second in the league in rebounding (11.9 rpg, behind only Howard) and is shooting 51.7 percent for the otherwise woeful Magic. Vucevic grabbed a season-high 29 boards with 20 points for the Magic against Miami in December, and has 44 double-doubles, tied for third in the league.”
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com on the Orlando Magic: “Believe it or not, after their first 25 games, these Magic were 12-13 and ranked sixth defensively. That was a long time ago and since then, they’ve played (and defended) their way into a guaranteed top-five pick. It will take more than that to get them back to respectability, but this is the path they chose, which is certainly better than having traded for Andrew Bynum (but maybe not Brook Lopez).”
  • Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless have shown flashes of promise in the eyes of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
  • Harris says that the Magic’s goal next season should be to make the playoffs, but with a loaded 2014 draft coming up, that may not be such a good idea.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com praises Magic fans for coming out and supporting the team in a rebuilding year: “Despite the 20-60 record, Orlando still ranks 15th in the NBA in home attendance at 17,602 fans a night. To put that into perspective, Orlando’s average home attendance is better than that of six teams headed to the playoffs – Atlanta, Brooklyn, Houston, Indiana, Memphis and Milwaukee.”
  • Head coach Jacque Vaughn earns a “C+” for the job he’s done coaching this season.
  • Sean Highkin of USA TODAY Sports is excited that Orlando will be wearing throwback jerseys for select games next season in honor of the franchise’s 25-year anniversary.

Apr 15

Rob Hennigan and trust

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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Don’t look now, but the grumbling and moaning over front office moves have ceased in Orlando, at least temporarily. Even throughout a laughable, disastrous season for the Magic, fans have generally voiced optimism, most aptly regarding the young pieces on the roster.

This is a new look for Orlando, especially considering the recent history of less-than-desirable personnel decisions by previous regimes. The bottom line right now is that the Magic fanbase has no reason whatsoever to distrust general manager Rob Hennigan, which is worth its weight in gold as Orlando enters the first of what will probably be several rebuilding drafts.

There is no question that at least part of the excitement over the budding talent in Orlando is based on the lack of star power to fuel the fire. Because of the quasi-pathetic effect this season has had on Magic fans, a collective voice is trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Maybe that is what makes Orlando a great basketball town.

Or maybe the silver lining — in the form of five very promising players — is truly a testament to Hennigan’s eye for talent. It is difficult to judge these things in small sample sizes, but we’re no longer talking about one strategic move that brought in one value player. Hennigan is responsible for Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn, and Tobias Harris.

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Apr 15

Magic unveil new look for “Silver Season”

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

In celebration of the Orlando Magic’s silver season, the team has unveiled a commemorative 25th Anniversary logo. This additional look celebrates the past, incorporates the present and previews the future. As the team and the Magic brand continues to grow, the logo meshes the original pinstripe jersey design with the Magic’s current iconic star ball secondary logo, building on the heritage and history of the Magic from its birth in 1989.

“The Orlando Magic is an organization whose mission is for excellence both on and off the court. For 25 years the team’s logo has represented that excellence. This new look provides us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and look forward to where we are headed,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Our silver season logo signifies the history we are creating each day — every game, every play, every moment really is history in the making. We are excited about the direction we are headed as we build on the legend already created as one of the winningest franchises in the Eastern Conference over the past 20 years and look forward to the future of Magic basketball.”

Apr 14

Video: Maurice Harkless throws it down

Apr 14

Grades: Boston Celtics 120, Orlando Magic 88

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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

 

Boston Celtics 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -25

Tobias Harris
7-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 22 PTS | -21

Maurice Harkless
5-14 FG | 0-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 12 PTS | -37

Doron Lamb
5-7 FG | 1-2 3P | 0 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -16

Boston Celtics

Apr 13

Preview: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic
  • Date: April 13, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Celtics: 40-39
  • Magic: 20-59

Probable starters

Celtics:

  • Avery Bradley
  • Jeff Green
  • Paul Pierce
  • Brandon Bass
  • Kevin Garnett

Magic:

  • Beno Udrih
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats

Celtics:

  • Pace: 91.7 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.9 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 103.2 (7th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.2 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.8 (27th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.8 (25th of 30)

Read about the Celtics

Celtics Hub

Apr 11

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie: “Magic center Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, which made him one of four players to post a 30-20 this season (joining Joakim Noah, Zach Randolph and DeMarcus Cousins) and gave him four 20-20 games this year, two more than anyone else in the league (Noah’s got two). [...] And in addition to sending the game to OT, Haris finished with 30 points on 13 for 20 shooting, 19 rebounds and five assists, joining Shaq as just the second player since ’85 to go for 30 and 19 before his 21st birthday.”
  • Nikola Vucevic places third in Chris Broussard’s ballot for Most Improved Player at ESPN Insider.
  • Tobias Harris gets a star from Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk for his 30-point, 19-rebound, 5-assist performance against his former team last night. The 30 points tied a career-high and the 19 rebounds were a new career-high.
  • Vucevic and Harris were standout performers against the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com on Doron Lamb’s performance against the Bucks: “Not only did he score 16 points and pump in four 3-pointers, he had five straight points in overtime that broke open a two-point game and all but secured the victory for the Magic.”
  • Rob Mahoney of The Point Forward lists the Magic as one of the biggest surprises this season: “Magic GM Rob Hennigan is way ahead of the game. Orlando’s trade return for Dwight Howard may have seemed meager at the time, but Nikola Vucevic has blossomed into the NBA’s No. 2 rebounder (11.9 per game to go with 12.9 points), Maurice Harkless is already a useful player with plenty of room to grow and Arron Afflalo has used his new circumstances to expand his offensive game. Orlando still doesn’t have a centerpiece player on a rookie-scale deal, but that’s nonetheless a really solid haul and the Magic have three first-round picks from the deal and plenty of developmental opportunities to come.”
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