Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 66

Nov 03

Highlights: Welcome to the Victor Oladipo show

Nov 03

Grades: Orlando Magic 107, Brooklyn Nets 86

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AP Photo/John Raoux

 

Orlando Magic 107 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Brooklyn Nets

Nikola Vucevic
9-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 BLK | 12 REB | 19 PTS | +17

Another day, another double-double for Vucevic. He was physical inside with Brook Lopez, and had some nice defensive chemistry with Jason Maxiell early in the game. And although they didn’t all register as assists, he made a few passes for corner 3 attempts off the pick-and-roll, a pass that is ever so critical to the modern big man.

Victor Oladipo
8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +11

Oladipo absolutely took over in the third quarter. He was a whirling dervish going to the rim, spinning off the Nets’ big men en route to uncontested layups. He even flashed his jumper, too. His defensive effort was on display once again as he hounded both Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. There was also this ridiculousness. What a game for the rookie.

Andrew Nicholson
6-13 FG | 5-5 3P | 1 BLK | 11 REB | 17 PTS | +11

Nicholson’s barely into his second season as a pro, but he plays like a veteran. He tooled both the massive Brook Lopez and the quick-and-athletic Andrei Kirilenko in the post, and didn’t get knocked around on the other end. His aggressiveness and physicality on the boards was a pleasant surprise. Though the 3-ball didn’t fall tonight, he was confident shooting it and the form looked great.

Arron Afflalo
5-14 FG | 3-5 3P | 6 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS | +16

Afflalo didn’t have the most efficient game, but made up for it it in other areas. His passing was excellent and his drive-and-kicks were a big part of the Magic’s excellent offensive production in this game. He still looks out of place in isolations, but he’s a lot more comfortable on an island than he was last season and seems to have a bit more of a plan now.

Brooklyn Nets

This team sure didn’t look like a top-flight contender. Deron Williams was disengaged pretty much his entire time on the floor, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes and took five shots, and Kevin Garnett played just 22 minutes. The Nets’ offense was vanilla for a team with so many great players, and both Kirilenko and Garnett played poorly defensively.

Nov 03

Video: Victor Oladipo goes 360 for a dunk

Nov 03

Preview: Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 3, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Nets: 1-1
  • Magic: 1-2

Probable starters

Nets:

  • Deron Williams
  • Joe Johnson
  • Paul Pierce
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Brook Lopez

Magic:

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

Advanced stats

Nets:

  • Pace: 94.1 (20th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.6 (11th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.2 (18th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 97.4 (8th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.2 (14th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 101.6 (8th of 30)

Read about the Nets

Brooklyn’s Finest

Nov 02

Highlights: Arron Afflalo drops 30 on the Pelicans

Nov 01

Grades: Orlando Magic 110, New Orleans Pelicans 90

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AP Photo/John Raoux

 

Orlando Magic 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 New Orleans Pelicans

Nikola Vucevic
4-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +24

The Pelicans shot 13-for-38 (34.2 percent) at the rim against the Magic and Vucevic — alongside Jason Maxiell, Kyle O’Quinn, and Andrew Nicholson — was one of the reasons for that low percentage. Taking a page out of Roy Hibbert’s playbook, Vucevic did a nice job of using the “law of verticality” to contest shots without fouling. Interior defense is a group effort and Vucevic did his part.

Victor Oladipo
4-10 FG | 1-2 3P | 6 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | +12

The one play that stands out the most from Oladipo, who had several spectacular sequences on both sides of the ball, was his weak-side block on Greg Stiemsma’s dunk attempt late in the third quarter. Dwyane Wade comparisons have been thrown around for Oladipo because of their similar playing styles, and with plays like that, it’s easy to see why.

Arron Afflalo
10-14 FG | 4-5 3P | 4 REB | 4 AST | 30 PTS | +12

Afflalo couldn’t have played any better. He abused various Pelicans defenders in the post and got his fadeaway jumper to fall. He went to the free-throw line plenty. But what fueled his efficient outing was his 3-point shooting — the corner 3 specifically. Maybe this is Afflalo’s first step towards reconciliation with corner 3s after abandoning that shot in 2012-13.

Maurice Harkless
6-10 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 STL | 8 REB | 20 PTS | +18

After practically looking invisible against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday (2 points in 19 minutes), Harkless’ aggressiveness versus the Pelicans stood out like a sore thumb. He was looking to score. So much so that, for a moment, Harkless was on pace to set a new career-high in points before the game got out of hand in the second half.

New Orleans Pelicans

In case you haven’t heard, New Orleans has made a lot of changes since last season. They changed their name. They acquired Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans to bolster their backcourt. They have a creepy new mascot that will haunt your dreams. But the one thing that hasn’t changed, so far, is the losing, as evidenced by their 0-2 start to the regular season.

Nov 01

Video: The steal, the dish, the slam

Nov 01

Preview: New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic

Essentials

  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic
  • Date: November 1, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Records

  • Pelicans: 0-1
  • Magic: 0-2

Probable starters

Pelicans:

  • Jrue Holiday
  • Eric Gordon
  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Anthony Davis
  • Jason Smith

Magic:

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

Advanced stats

Pelicans:

  • Pace: 91.5 (28th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 98.3 (20th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 103.8 (15th of 30)

Magic:

  • Pace: 98.5 (11th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 97.5 (23rd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.7 (18th of 30)

Read about the Pelicans

Bourbon Street Shots

Nov 01

Solomon Jones suffers torn meniscus

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

Orlando Magic forward/center Solomon Jones has suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Jones will undergo surgery and will be out indefinitely. He suffered the injury during Orlando’s overtime loss on Oct. 30 @ Minnesota.

Jones (6-10, 235, 7/16/84) was signed as a free agent on Sep. 27. He has played in two games this season, averaging 2.0 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. in 13.7 mpg. Jones also appeared in seven preseason outings, averaging 4.6 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 1.29 spg. in 16.0 mpg.

A graduate of nearby Mount Dora High School, Jones was originally selected in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft by Atlanta. He has appeared in 272 career NBA games with Atlanta, Indiana, New Orleans, the Los Angeles Clippers, New York and Orlando, averaging 3.1 ppg. and 2.4 rpg. in 11.1 mpg. Collegiately, Jones played two years at Daytona Beach Community College, then two years at the University of South Florida

Nov 01

Orlando Magic announces Hall of Fame

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Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:

Eager to honor and celebrate the great players, coaches and executives who have been a part of their illustrious 25-year history, the Orlando Magic are planning to create a Magic Hall of Fame that will be on display at the Amway Center.

Magic CEO Alex Martins made the announcement on Friday morning – just hours before the Magic’s home-opener to begin the 25th anniversary season – that the Hall of Fame will be a way to help bridge the past with the future of Magic basketball. Initial plans are for it to be designed so that Magic fans can enjoy the exhibits on game nights at the Amway Center.

“We’ve been trying to find a way to recognize the great players who have played for us that in some way memorializes them within the building for our fans,” Martins said. “We feel like this is the perfect way to do it. It will be a nice recognition for players, coaches and executives who have been a part of our history.’’

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