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No backstop, no stopping Stephen Curry for Magic

The onslaught started from the opening tip when Andrew Bogut found Harrison Barnes cutting down the lane for a dunk. It continued with every Stephen Curry 3-pointer and missed rotation and missed shot and missed opportunity. The Warriors are too tough a team to climb back against when the defense is not doing its job […]

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4 Takeaways from Warriors-Magic.

What to take away from a rough night as Orlando fell to Golden State 111-96. Victor Oladipo is Not a Point Guard  While many coaches including Jacque Vaughn preach the virtues of a position-less scheme in today’s NBA, where a player is at on the floor still matters.  Giving Oladipo the flexibility to play off […]

Magic Wands: vs. Warriors


Orlando, Fla.

(11-2) vs. (6-10)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $23-$1590 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Dec. 2 in Oakland

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Golden State 101.0 106.7 94.9 55.2 21.3 17.8 27.9
Orlando 95.2 99.4 104.7 49.8 23.2 16.4 25.5


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Re-integrating Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye

It is hard for Jacque Vaughn to plan too far into the future at the moment. Every time it seems the team is about to take a step forward, another malady befalls his team. He prepares to get Channing Frye back, and loses Kyle O’Quinn. Now that Victor Oladipo has settled in some, Aaron Gordon […]

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Power Rankings Roundup: Still climbing

Most Power Rankings come out Monday, so let us ignore the loss to the Cavaliers for a moment. The Magic went 2-2 last week once again finishing around .500 and picking up a couple more victories. Not only that, they continue to do so in somewhat impressive fashion. The 23-point comeback against the Hornets is […]

Magic Wands: at Cavaliers


Cleveland, Ohio

(6-9) vs. (5-7)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Cavs by 9
Tickets: $12-$429 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Cleveland; Dec. 26 in Orlando; March 15 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 95.4 100.6 104.0 50.5 22.8 16.2 26.0
Cleveland 95.9 104.4 107.0 49.4 26.0 14.8 31.1


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The shots would not fall for Magic in loss to Heat

There were two moments that could encapsulate both the brilliance in the way the Magic played Saturday night against the Heat and the frustration of the end result. The old Spurs mantra of “process over results” has some meaning, but not a lot. There was still the feeling that the Magic let one slip away.

Magic Wands: vs. Heat


Orlando, Fla.

(6-6) vs. (6-8)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 1
Tickets: $55-$567 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Dec. 29 in Miami; Feb. 25 in Orlando; April in Miami

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Miami 92.5 101.2 95.3 49.4 23.6 15.6 34.5
Orlando 96.0 100.2 103.4 50.8 21.4 16.2 25.4


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Nikola Vucevic: The Best Player No One Knows

According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel via twitter, Doc Rivers said before Wednesday’s game against the Clippers that Nikola Vucevic is making an All Star campaign, and is possibly the best player in the NBA that no one has heard of. Doc Rivers said Nik Vucevic is an All-Star and added he is the […]

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