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Feb 06

Jacque Vaughn failed to live up to his potential

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow When the Magic named Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach in July 2012, making him the NBA’s youngest head coach at the time (then 37), the hiring was met with a mix of skepticism and optimism. Not much was known about Vaughn from a coaching standpoint, aside from the fact that …

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Jan 28

Victor Oladipo a darkhorse to win dunk contest

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It’s official. Victor Oladipo will compete in this year’s dunk contest. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports – who else? – first reported on January 21 that Oladipo committed to participate in the contest alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Zach LaVine (Timberwolves), and Mason Plumlee (Nets). The contest will be …

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Jan 26

Power Rankings Roundup: Week 13

  Matt Moore, CBS Sports: No. 24 (Last week: No. 20) We thought their offense would suffer, but a defense ranked 22nd in points allowed per possession is why they’ve failed to reach expectations. Changes are probably coming. Marc Stein, ESPN: No. 26 (Last week: No. 21) GM Rob Hennigan to the Orlando Sentinel: “Am …

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Jan 21

Magic get thunderstrucked by Oklahoma City

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images In retrospect, we probably should have seen this coming. With Oklahoma City rumbling into Amway Center on Sunday with two of the NBA’s top five players in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and facing off against an Orlando team that has recently embraced a run-and-gun philosophy, the possibility was there …

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Jan 19

Power Rankings Roundup: Week 12

  Matt Moore, CBS Sports: No. 20 (Last week: No. 27) Ran into a buzzsaw in Oklahoma City, but overall have played much better. Victor Oladipo is a star in the making that no one is really paying attention to. Marc Stein, ESPN: No. 21 (Last week: No. 28) Before getting bullied by Memphis and …

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Jan 14

Grades: Orlando Magic 120, Houston Rockets 113

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images   Orlando Magic 120 Final Recap | Box Score 113 Houston Rockets Nikola Vucevic 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 STL | 12 REB | 25 PTS | +14 In a matchup between Magic centers past and present, Vucevic outplayed Dwight Howard. The penultimate sequence for Vucevic …

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Jan 14

Video: Victor Oladipo’s 360 dunk in crunch time

Jan 12

Power Rankings Roundup: Week 11

  Matt Moore, CBS Sports: No. 27 (Last week: No. 24) The Magic’s recent woes aren’t the problem; they’ve played better teams on a West Coast road trip. The problem is they have so few surprise wins against better teams to counterbalance the ones they should lose. You wonder if changes aren’t coming. Marc Stein, …

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Jan 05

Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10

  Matt Moore, CBS Sports: No. 24 (Last week: No. 19) Three straight losses to Pistons, Nets, and Hornets — not exactly a murderer’s row. Orlando tried making a leap this season, but it won’t happen unless it gets a significant talent injection. Marc Stein, ESPN: No. 26 (Last week: No. 23) A home defeat …

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Nov 06

Grades: Orlando Magic 91, Philadelphia 76ers 89

Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images   Orlando Magic 91 Final Recap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers Nikola Vucevic 8-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -5 When Dwight Howard played for the Magic, his lefty hook was the most reliable hook shot in his …

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