Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 64

Apr 02

Glen Davis’ future with the Magic

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Back in my ill-advised pursuit of the Indie rock dream days, I was forced to make a huge decision when it came time to buy a new bass guitar. I mean, obviously I was getting a Fender, and I was pretty sure it would be a P-Bass, but do I spend the extra dough to get an American model? Or can I get by with a Mexican-made rocket?

In the end, I went Mexican. But that was based on the fact that I was a pizza delivery man and paid way too much for rent. The smart move would have been to buy American. Why? Because these aren’t cars and if you’re a musician, you know that the extra cash upfront for an American-made Fender means that it actually will appreciate in value in the time that you own it (especially if you become famous).

Acquiring assets that appreciate over time is not something to take lightly. The Orlando Magic and general manager Rob Hennigan get that, and they have a piece in Glen Davis that is probably more valuable now than when he was first acquired in late 2011 by the Otis Smith regime.

Just look at his Player Efficiency Rating in correlation with his usage rate over the past six seasons. Davis has progressed from an 11.3 PER in his rookie season (17.4 percent usage rate) to a career-best 15.0 PER in the first half of this season (25.5 percent usage rate). There is really no arguing the fact that as his usage has gone up, his production has increased. Even if his efficiency and shot selection has admittedly suffered mightily along the way.

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Apr 02

Highlights: Maurice Harkless takes off in Houston

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

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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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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

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