Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 68

Feb 21

Charlotte Bobcats acquire Josh McRoberts

Via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

The Charlotte Bobcats did a deal at the trade deadline, but it won’t exactly change the course of the franchise.

The Bobcats moved one little-used power forward, Hakim Warrick, for another little-used power forward – Orlando’s Josh McRoberts.

This makes the Bobcats a bit younger: McRoberts, who played at Duke, is in his sixth NBA season, while Warrick is in his eigth. It also shaves a couple hundred thousand off the Bobcats’ salary cap.

But this is essentially a bit player for a bit player. Warrick played in only one of his last 11 games as a Bobcat. McRoberts played in three of his last four games with the Magic, never for more than 14 minutes.

McRoberts’ contract ends at the conclusion of this season. Warrick has a $4 million team option for next season.

Feb 21

Recap: Dallas Mavericks 111, Orlando Magic 96

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Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images


With time winding down in the third quarter, Jameer Nelson beat O.J. Mayo to a loose ball at half-court and had a wide open lane to the basket for a layup. But Nelson elected to pass the ball to J.J. Redick, who was darting to the rim on the right-hand side of the court.

However, Mayo hustled back in transition and blocked Redick’s layup attempt. The ball bounced on the rim a few times, which allowed Mayo time to recover and grab the rebound from Nelson.

Mayo raced down the court, triggering a fast break for the Dallas Mavericks just seconds after the Orlando Magic had a 2-on-1 fast break. Mayo crossed the half-court line and threw an alley-oop pass to Vince Carter for a dunk that woke up a quiet crowd at American Airlines Center — shades of “Vinsanity.”

It was a game-defining play.

Instead of the Magic, who had stormed back from a 16-point deficit thanks to their defense, extending their lead to 81-73, it was a four-point swing for the Mavericks and they now trailed only by four points (79-75) with 1:48 remaining in the quarter.

After Carter’s alley-oop dunk, he followed that up with two three-pointers on Dallas’ next three possessions. The second three-pointer allowed the Mavericks to retake the lead at 83-82 before the end of the period. It was a lead Dallas would never relinquish again, as they dominated the fourth quarter and put Orlando away for good.

And in the final period, Nelson had to leave the game with a left knee injury after fighting for a loose ball with Darren Collison.

It was not a good night for the Magic, who put up a valiant effort but were soundly defeated — their 26th loss in the last 29 games.

MVP (Most Valuable Player)

Even though his stat line wasn’t that impressive, Carter was unquestionably the difference maker for the Mavericks. He made several momentum-changing plays late in the third quarter that turned the tide back in Dallas’ favor after they coughed up a 16-point lead. 

Defining Moment

Trailing 79-73 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Mayo’s chase-down block on Redick and alley-oop pass to Carter for a dunk on the other end changed the complexion of the game. The Mavericks would retake the lead shortly thereafter. 

That Was … the Coup de Grâce

In the middle of a 21-2 fourth quarter run, Carter stole Andrew Nicholson’s outlet pass and dished off a behind-the-back pass to Shawn Marion for a layup. A highlight-reel play that served as the proverbial icing on the cake for Dallas. 

Feb 20

Preview: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks


  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks
  • Date: February 19, 2013
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: American Airlines Center


  • Magic: 15-38
  • Mavericks: 23-29

Probable starters


  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Nikola Vucevic


  • Darren Collison
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Shawn Marion
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Bernard James

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 91.5 (17th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.0 (26th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.0 (25th of 30)


  • Pace: 94.6 (4th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 105.1 (13th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.5 (19th of 30)

Read about the Mavericks

The Two Man Game

Feb 20

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are interested in J.J. Redick, but according to one report, the Orlando Magic are not interested in acquiring Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the remainder of his two-year, $8.97 million contract. Redick is also seeking a new contract close to $10 million per year. UPDATE: Lance Allan of NBC Milwaukee reports that “talks are over.”
  • The Memphis Grizzlies could use a shooter like Redick. The problem is that the Grizzlies don’t have many assets — their 2013 first round pick was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a salary dumping trade on January 22.
  • The Magic couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit in last night’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: “Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota have expressed interest in trading for Redick, but teams have been reluctant to give up a first-round pick and a good young player for a player who could turn into a rental for the rest of the season.”
  • Amin Elhassan of ESPN Insider thinks that the Chicago Bulls are the “perfect” landing spot for Redick.

Feb 20

Recap: Charlotte Bobcats 105, Orlando Magic 92

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AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.


With each loss, the Orlando Magic bring themselves closer to having the worst record in the NBA, trailing only the Charlotte Bobcats for that dubious honor.

The Magic’s latest loss came against those very same Bobcats, as they were defeated 105-92 in their first game back from the All-Star break. For Orlando, they have now lost 25 of their last 28 games and have fallen two games behind Charlotte for the worst record in the league.

This was a game where Charlotte jumped out to a big early lead and Orlando was unable to fully recover from a large deficit.

In the first quarter, the Bobcats got off to a quick start thanks in large part due to Gerald Henderson, who made five of his first six field goals and scored 14 of his season-high 24 points in the period. Matched up primarily against Arron Afflalo, Henderson did whatever he wanted offensively. He did a nice job of mixing it up — nailing jumpers from the perimeter, attacking the rim, and getting to the free-throw line.

Buoyed by Henderson’s hot start, Charlotte finished with a season-high in first quarter points (37).

The Bobcats were able to keep the momentum going in the second quarter, and coupled with a lackadaisical effort from the Magic, they finished the period on a 15-3 run and opened up a 20-point lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, Orlando played with more energy and effort on both ends of the floor. Particularly on the defensive side of the ball, as Charlotte’s offense cooled down considerably in the third quarter after a torrid first half. That allowed the Magic to begin to chip away at their deficit.

Orlando continued their comeback bid in the fourth quarter, whittling down the Bobcats’ lead to 90-88 with 4 minutes left. But Charlotte responded by ending the game on a 15-4 run. The catalyst was Kemba Walker, who had a quiet first half, but scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and accounted for 11 of the final 15 points for the Bobcats.

MVP (Most Valuable Player)

The player of the game was Henderson. He scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter and paved the way for Charlotte to pick up a rare road win coming out of the All-Star break.


You could make a case that Walker was the MVP of this game based on his performance in the fourth quarter. He scored 11 of his 24 points in the final period and quelled the Magic’s comeback attempt.

Defining Moment

After trailing 63-43 at halftime, Orlando clawed their way back into the game and cut their deficit to as little as two points late in the fourth quarter. But the Bobcats responded by finishing the game on a 15-4 run.

Feb 19

Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic


  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic
  • Date: February 19, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center


  • Bobcats: 12-40
  • Magic: 15-37

Probable starters


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


  • Jameer Nelson
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Nikola Vucevic

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 91.7 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.3 (28th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 110.9 (29th of 30)


  • Pace: 91.5 (17th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.0 (24th of 30)

Read about the Bobcats

Queen City Hoops

Feb 19

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • J.J. Redick isn’t worried about the possibility of him being traded.
  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “Sharp-shooting J.J. Redick, who is making $6 million in the final year of his contract, is a hot commodity as the trade deadline approaches.”
  • The Orlando Magic are looking for at least a first round pick for Redick.
  • John Denton of “The days leading up to the NBA trade deadline can be stressful for some NBA players, but guards J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo have vowed to push aside thoughts of rumored deals in an attempt to help the Orlando Magic start the final stretch of the season on a positive note.”
  • Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD: “The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.”
  • The Milwaukee Bucks are rumored to be interested in trading Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a first round pick for Redick if they’re able to move Monta Ellis first.
  • Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider suggests the Denver Nuggets should trade Timofey Mozgov and the Knicks’ 2016 first round pick for Redick.

Feb 15

RareInk launches NBA photo-art collection to highlight the 2013 NBA All-Star Game


Photo by RareInk

Via NBA press release:

RareInk, an official NBA art licensee, announced the unveiling of a 200-piece collection of cutting-edge, photo-based artwork featuring past and present NBA players released in conjunction with the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

Available exclusively on, the NBA photo-art collection features iconic photographs that have been graphically enhanced by RareInk artists for stunning color and maximum resolution, providing the ultimate presentation for fan’s walls. Each piece is produced using museum quality archival materials and is offered as either fine art paper prints ($69 and $109) or stretched canvases ($109 and $199). Every piece is a hand-numbered, limited-edition, with release numbers ranging from 100 to 250.

“The goal of RareInk’s artwork is to capture the excitement and history of the NBA in a uniquely artistic way,” said Tim Muret, CEO of RareInk. “Our new collection, featuring some of the leagues’ most iconic moments including NBA All-Star, is the perfect complement to our original art series and offers fans an incredible assortment of imagery to choose from as they look to decorate their home or office.”

Highlights of the collection include a series featuring top moments of the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest including: Michael Jordan’s famous free-throw line dunk (1988); Blake Griffin dunking over a car (2011); Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkens’ memorable matchup (1986); and Vince Carter’s electrifying performance in 2000. Additionally, every 2013 NBA All-Star is included in the collection.

Feb 15

The sky’s the limit in Orlando


Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

Probably the best part about being a fan of a team is living with the belief that it could be “the year” for your guys. I work in an office with 90 SEC graduates. During the fall, I hear a ton of rabble rousing and cocksure predictions about who the most dominant football team is going to be. By far the most commonly used phrase as it relates to fanmanship is “this is our year.”

Without that hopeful sensation — that “future is bright” mentality — sports really lose their zeal. Think about how different you feel opening up the box score of last night’s game when you’re in the hunt for the top seed in the Eastern Conference as opposed to a time when you’re clawing to not finish dead last. The games even have more electricity. The crowd becomes alive. It’s as if everyone collectively tastes that hope and that thrill of possibility — “This could be our year.”

Orlando has shifted from a winning team to a losing team and one that I’ve watched closely for the past three seasons.

When I think back to the two seasons prior to this season, I can’t place a time where that hope was felt. Instead, I remember roughly 700 strenuous, laborious, and maddening days of observing Magic fans wonder what the future would hold, nitpick at bad general management decisions, and complain about the current situation.

In fact, since the 2010-11 season, there has never been a moment where it seemed like it was the Magic’s year, an interesting conundrum considering those were winning seasons with playoff berths. The Magic being a winning team was not all that great because there were so many roadblocks for them to become an elite or championship-caliber team. There was always a sense of being stuck in good but not great territory. Worst of all, there was no escape.

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Feb 14

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • The Orlando Magic got “punked” by the Atlanta Hawks in last night’s game.
  • Video of Stuff, the Magic’s mascot, doing the Harlem Shake.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “If anyone on the 15-37 Magic is a master of any craft, it’s Vučević with his rebounding. At age 22, he’s the league’s fourth-leading rebounder, hauling in 11.5 boards per game. His 29-rebound effort on New Year’s Eve broke Orlando’s single-game record formerly held by some guy named Shaquille O’Neal. And Vaughn thinks Vučević can improve.”
  • Josh Smith and Al Horford dominated Orlando in yesterday’s game.
  • J.J. Redick was named a “CourtVision All-Star” by Kirk Goldsberry of Grantland primarily for his three-point shooting.
  • Dwight Howard had two of the top 10 best Slam Dunk Contest dunks, according to Ben Golliver of The Point Forward, for his efforts in 2008.
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