Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 57

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.”

Mar 29

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Mar 28

Highlights: Tobias Harris getting buckets

Mar 28

Highlights: Kyle O’Quinn shows a soft touch

Mar 28

Video: DeQuan Jones with a rim-rocker

Mar 28

Grades: Charlotte Bobcats 114, Orlando Magic 108

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Charlotte Bobcats 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Orlando Magic

Tobias Harris
10-20 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 29 PTS | +3

Harris has made a habit out of setting new career-highs with the Magic since coming over from the Milwaukee Bucks in the J.J. Redick trade at the deadline. After career nights against the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets (in the same week no less), Harris bested those performances by dropping a career-high 29 points on the Bobcats. His six assists were also a career-high.

Kyle O’Quinn
11-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | -8

With Nikola Vucevic still recovering from a concussion he suffered against the Indiana Pacers on March 19, O’Quinn has taken full advantage of the playing time he’s been handed. Like Harris, O’Quinn set new career-highs in points (23) and assists (6) to go along with his second career double-double. More so than his scoring, it was his pinpoint passing from the high post that deserved plaudits.

Maurice Harkless
7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -4

Harkless has quickly developed a reputation for being a very good baseline cutter and he put those cutting abilities on display against the Bobcats. His ability to be an intuitive cutter is something Magic fans haven’t seen at small forward since Matt Barnes donned a Magic uniform during the 2009-10 season. That Harkless is doing it at 19 years old is nothing short of remarkable.

Jameer Nelson
6-19 FG | 1-6 FT | 11 AST | 6 REB | 13 PTS | -8

It’s easy to look at the box score, see that Kemba Walker scored 34 points, and assume that he ate Nelson alive. But that really wasn’t the case, given that the Magic got caught on switches throughout the game against Walker and he took advantage of those mismatches. No, Nelson’s struggles came on the offensive end, where his jumper was not falling.

Charlotte Bobcats

It was Tankapalooza at Time Warner Cable Arena, as Orlando and Charlotte engaged in a thrilling battle over the rights to have the most ping pong balls come draft time. After jumping out to a 39-20 lead after the first quarter, the Magic succeeded in coughing up the game to the Bobcats. Gerald Henderson and Walker were monstrous — each scored 34 points.

Mar 27

Preview: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats
  • Date: March 27, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena

Records

  • Magic: 18-53
  • Bobcats: 16-54

Probable starters

Magic:

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

Bobcats:

  • Kemba Walker
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Byron Mullens
  • Bismack Biyombo

Advanced stats

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.0 (15th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.0 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.3 (26th of 30)

Bobcats:

  • Pace: 91.5 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 100.9 (28th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 111.6 (30th of 30)

Read about the Bobcats

Queen City Hoops

Mar 26

Grades: Miami Heat 108, Orlando Magic 94

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Miami Heat 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Jameer Nelson
9-20 FG | 5-10 3P | 5 REB | 12 AST | 27 PTS | -21

You could tell that Nelson wanted to be the one to help end the Heat’s winning streak. He was the architect of a 15-4 run midway through the third quarter that tied the game at 68 apiece after Orlando trailed by 11 earlier in the period. Nelson was gunning and dishing, accounting for 12 points during the scoring surge, but it wasn’t enough.

Tobias Harris
8-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 BLK | 5 REB | 20 PTS | -19

Harris had the enviable task of trying to defend Chris Bosh mano-a-mano, but he was up to challenge. Bosh, a premier scoring big man, shot 2-for-9 when being defended by Harris, despite having a size and length advantage. Harris contested nearly every shot with vigor and used his strength to push away Bosh from his pet spots on the court.

E’Twaun Moore
6-13 FG | 1-3 3P | 9 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | -6

Starting in the place of the injured Arron Afflalo (strained right hamstring), Moore stuffed the stat sheet. By the way, did you know that he could dunk? He did just that in the third quarter when Nelson fed Moore in transition for a one-handed slam. It was a rare display of athleticism from Moore. How rare? It was Moore’s fourth dunk of the season.

Kyle O’Quinn
6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | +2

The biggest takeaway from O’Quinn’s performance was his ability to knock down midrange jumpers in pick-and-pop sets with Nelson. That’s going to have to be a shot that O’Quinn can hit with regularly, given that he plays mostly below the rim offensively due to a lack of explosive athleticism. So far, the early returns on his jumper have been positive.

Miami Heat

For most of the night, Miami didn’t take things seriously. And that’s mainly because LeBron James was going through the motions. Then late in the third quarter, LeBron started trying and triggered a 20-2 run that put the game out of reach — accentuated by his two colossal dunks. It speaks to his greatness that he lollygagged his way to a near triple-double (one rebound shy).

Mar 25

Preview: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic
  • Date: March 25, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: ESPN
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Heat: 55-14
  • Magic: 18-52

Probable starters

Heat:

  • Mario Chalmers
  • Mike Miller
  • LeBron James
  • Udonis Haslem
  • Chris Bosh

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • E’Twaun Moore
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn

Advanced stats

Heat:

  • Pace: 93.8 (8th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 112.5 (2nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 102.9 (8th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 92.0 (15th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.0 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 109.2 (26th of 30)

Read about the Thunder

Heat Index

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