The Orlando Magic Are Winning With Defense | Magic Basketball - Part 5

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Dec 08

The Orlando Magic are winning with defense

Photo by AP/John Raoux Live and die by the three. That’s one of the most common criticisms against the Orlando Magic – they shoot too many threes! This isn’t normal! Ever since head coach Stan Van Gundy took over as head coach for the Magic, he — alongside general manager Otis Smith — made the …

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Nov 22

Sneak Preview: Orlando Magic at San Antonio Spurs

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Leave it to Stan Van Gundy to compare one of his starting forwards to one of baseball’s best sluggers. A couple of years ago, Van Gundy — a lifelong baseball fan — responded to the calls of doom and gloom when the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera started a season …

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Oct 27

The Orlando Magic Return to the Familiar Underdog Role

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images Via John Hollinger of ESPN Insider: Virtually every set of predictions lists one of three teams as champion: the Lakers, Heat or Celtics. I’m wondering if this consensus is missing the boat on reality, and I’m not just saying that because the Heat and Lakers looked somewhere south of dominant …

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Oct 21

Thursday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “You don’t have to watch hours of game tape or pore over pages of statistics to produce a scouting report on Jameer Nelson. The book on the diminutive Orlando Magic co-captain is simple: He’s a scoring point guard who looks for his own shot as often as he looks …

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Oct 19

The 1995 Houston Rockets: A Template For a Championship

Elaine Thompson/AP Photo The blogosphere is a fascinating place. It really is. When people read something so profound, so enlightening, they want to share this newfound treasure they’ve found to the rest of the world. Or at least try. This is one of those cases. At FreeDarko, some of the best writers in the NBA universe …

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Oct 15

MBN Roundtable Discussion: Orlando Magic 2010-2011 Season Preview, Part II

Here’s Part II of my roundtable discussion (click here for Part I). In this segment, different Orlando Magic writers talk about Dwight Howard‘s evolution on offense with the help of Hakeem Olajuwon, and more. _______ What will it take for opposing players to respect Howard’s jumpshot just enough and as such, alter the way they …

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Oct 15

MBN Roundtable Discussion: Orlando Magic 2010-2011 Season Preview, Part I

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images To continue Magic Basketball’s preview of the 2010-2011 season for the Orlando Magic, I gathered writers that cover them on a day-to-day basis. Each writer, except for one, has media access with the Magic and offers an authoritative voice concerning the team. So, without further ado, here are the participants: …

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Oct 09

Recap: Orlando Magic 93, Indiana Pacers 86

BOX SCORE In what was a sloppy outing for both teams, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Indiana Pacers by the score of 93-86 to win their 16th consecutive pre-season game dating back to the 2008-2009 NBA season. The Magic were led by a vintage performance from Vince Carter, who had 25 points on …

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Oct 08

Dwight Howard’s Jumpshot is a Work in Progress

Via Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has created some buzz with the pair of jumpers he made against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. He kept the buzz going by working on his mid-range jumpers for 45 minutes after practice on Thursday — with the media watching. “I just made …

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Oct 07

Thursday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “It was a pretty basic off-day practice for the Orlando Magic on Thursday. They worked on defending cuts – which was a problem in the first half against Houston – and containing pick-and-rolls for much of the practice. There was a lot of full-court work. And offensively, they worked …

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