Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 57

Nov 15

Friday’s Mini-Magic Word

  • Jameer Nelson, a 10-year veteran, is living in the moment as the Orlando Magic eye the future with players like Nikola Vucevic, Kyle O’Quinn and Victor Oladipo.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Reserve Magic big man Kyle O’Quinn injured his right ankle during Wednesday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks and sat out practice Thursday and today. He might not play when the Magic host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.”
  • As the Orlando Magic get ready to face off against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Vucevic talks about his admiration for Dirk Nowitzki.
  • The Magic have started the season 4-0 at home and hope to continue that winning streak against the Mavs.
  • Victor Oladipo needs to learn how to use his athleticism effectively, but there’s no doubting his NBA-readiness.

Nov 15

The efficient Arron Afflalo has returned

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Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

About two days after the NBA season started, an old friend called me and asked how Arron Afflalo was going to do this season. He had just picked him up in his fantasy draft. I simply laughed in response.

But look who’s laughing now.

Nine games into the season and the Orlando Magic appear to be Afflalo’s team, at least on offense. The seventh-year player is posting numbers like he’s back in Denver, and playing with renewed confidence. His production so far this season has been stellar, and that’s a breath of fresh air for Orlando fans.

Getting buckets
Points per game is a rudimentary gauge on how good of a scorer is. Regardless, Afflalo is currently averaging 21.3 points per game, which ranks him 13th overall in the entire league.

Much of that success is due to his 3-point shooting. You really can’t ignore the fact that he’s lighting it up from the outside, shooting 52 percent on 5.6 attempts per game. A vast majority of Afflalo’s 3-point attempts are coming while he’s spotting up and he’s converting them at an extremely high clip.

That torrid shooting display from deep is largely the reason why he’s sporting a .613 True Shooting percentage.

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Nov 14

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Arron Afflalo is turning heads with his All-Star caliber production.
  • Afflalo scored 29 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to help the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks by the score of 94-91.
  • Afflalo gets an A for his performance against the Bucks. Make that two As.
  • Check out an ugly Orlando Magic sleeved jerseys.
  • ESPN Stats & Information: “Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo had a career-high 36 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight 3-pointers. No player had hit that combination of benchmarks in a game since Jason Kidd against the Rockets on April 11, 1995 (the end of his first NBA season).”
  • As the Magic continue their rebuilding process, Josh Cohen of takes a look at how NBA teams successfully rebuild.
  • In case you haven’t noticed, Afflalo has gotten better as a player.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Afflalo wanted to be able to play a full 48 minutes without feeling tired, and his offseason conditioning has helped him do that. According to SportVU player tracking technology, which the NBA is using, Afflalo had traveled 23.0 miles during games this season — the sixth-highest figure in the league through Wednesday.”
  • Solomon Jones will try to avoid knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Nov 14

Highlights: Arron Afflalo sets a new career high

Nov 14

Grades: Orlando Magic 94, Milwaukee Bucks 91

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AP Photo/John Raoux


Orlando Magic 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Vucevic
6-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +2

Vucevic made two big plays. First, he came up with a huge block on O.J. Mayo with 1:09 remaining and the Magic clinging to a 92-89 lead. Then a few possessions later, Vucevic threw down an uncontested dunk that made it 94-91 with 9.2 seconds left — the Bucks failed to tie the game with a 3-pointer with no timeouts.

Victor Oladipo
4-14 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +10

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. How does that axiom apply to Oladipo? He shot 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) at the rim against the Bucks. Time and again, he attacked the basket. Time and again, he couldn’t convert. Oladipo really struggled, in particular, trying to finish through John Henson’s pterodactyl arms.

Arron Afflalo
11-15 FG | 8-11 3P | 8 REB | 6 AST | 36 PTS | +4

Twice this season, Afflalo has flirted with setting a new career-high in points. Tonight, the flirting reached critical mass, as Afflalo set a new career-high in points and 3-point field goals made. He seemingly couldn’t miss in the second half, and you couldn’t help but wonder what the Milwaukee players were thinking as they continuously helped off of him on defense.

Maurice Harkless
5-11 FG | 0-4 FT | 3 BLK | 9 REB | 10 PTS | +6

It’s hard to choose the play of the night for Harkless, who had a number of action-packed sequences against the Bucks. Was it his monstrous weak-side block on Khris Middleton’s layup attempt? Or his spin move and dunk off the dribble? Or his steal and dunk to beat the buzzer at the end of the second quarter? There’s no wrong answer.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee was without Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour, and Larry Sanders against Orlando. And to make matters worse, Caron Butler left the game late in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury. Yet the Bucks, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, almost escaped with a victory despite dressing only eight players. A valiant effort from a shorthanded squad.

Nov 13

Video: Maurice Harkless busts out a spin move

Nov 13

Preview: Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic


  • Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 13, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center


  • Bucks: 2-4
  • Magic: 3-5

Probable starters


  • Nate Wolters
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Caron Butler
  • Khris Middleton
  • Ekpe Udoh


  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Jason Maxiell
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 92.6 (22nd of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.7 (22nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 107.6 (25th of 30)


  • Pace: 97.2 (9th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (19th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 101.3 (7th of 30)

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Nov 13

Glen Davis fined


Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have fined forward Glen Davis an undisclosed amount following his actions on Saturday, Nov. 9, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

“We will not tolerate or condone this type of behavior,” said Hennigan. “As we have stated repeatedly, when a player puts on an Orlando Magic uniform, he is representing something much greater than himself. We expect our players to uphold a certain standard of conduct and character at all times.”

There will be no further comment on the incident.

Nov 12

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • The headline says it all: “Glen Davis trashes a computer keyboard after being denied access to a fully booked hotel.”
  • Roger Simmons of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic player Glen “Big Baby” Davis is apologizing for throwing a temper tantrum and breaking a computer at a downtown Orlando motel over the weekend. TMZ Sports first reported the incident, posting the hotel’s security camera video on its website.”
  • Glen Davis caused a bit of a ruckus at a Travelodge in Orlando following the Magic’s 91-89 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on Davis’ incident: “My thought: Travelodge? He’s making $6.4 million this season. Maybe I’m missing something but… Travelodge?”
  • Which NBA prospects should Magic fans keep an eye out for.
  • Head coach Jacque Vaughn is aware of what happened with Davis.
  • Tobias Harris, who’s currently nursing an ankle injury, a couple weeks away from returning to the floor for Orlando.
  • D.J. Foster of ProBasketballTalk: “It’s not very often you see a guard breakout in his 7th year, but all of the sudden Arron Afflalo is scoring like a legitimate first option. How? Location, location, location. Give Jacque Vaughn and the Magic coaching staff credit for posting up Afflalo at the elbow relentlessly, a spot where he’s a handful for defenders because of his size and strength.”
  • Afflalo is becoming one of the better shooting guards in the NBA.
  • Let the draft scouting begin.
  • The Magic showed no fight in Monday’s loss versus the Boston Celtics.

Nov 11

Grades: Boston Celtics 120, Orlando Magic 105

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AP Photo/Charles Krupa


Boston Celtics 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
105 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Vucevic, unsurprisingly, abused Kelly Olynyk on offense at every available opportunity. Brad Stevens was smart to limit the minutes of his defense-averse rookie until late in the second half, and Vucevic didn’t put up huge numbers as a result. Still, at times he showed off the physicality, shooting touch, and overall knack that’s made him something close to a revelation in Orlando.

Victor Oladipo
7-17 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -10

Oladipo took 11 shots outside the paint in this game and made only four of them. That accuracy, though far from stellar, isn’t what’s most troubling; the overall shot distribution bothers far more. Oladipo is letting the defense off the hook by taking pull-ups in transition or with the shot-clock winding down. He’s too effective as a penetrator to rely so much on his jumper.

Arron Afflalo
6-12 FG | 2-5 3P | 4 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Afflalo’s offensive game was on point from the opening tip. He made several jumpers of the pull-up and catch-shoot variety, got to the rim off the dribble, and made plays for his teammates. Afflalo’s normal defensive worth wasn’t as evident against a hot-shooting Celtics team, but that’s not necessarily damning. This was another solid outing in a season full of them.

Maurice Harkless
4-10 FG | 2-3 3P | 5 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -13

A bright spot for Orlando early, Harkless couldn’t sustain that high level of play for the entire 48 minutes. His jumper fell and he made some plays off the dribble in the first half, but he — like a lot of his teammates, actually — was mostly absent on both ends in the second stanza. On the whole, Harkless didn’t stand out much one way or another.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics shot 60 percent from the field in this game. Normally that’s indicative of a poor defensive effort from the opposition, but that wasn’t necessarily the case tonight. Orlando got lost in half-court rotations, beat in the post, and ran by in transition, but its level of play wasn’t the biggest issue. Boston simply shot the lights out. Sometimes there’s just not much the defense can do.

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