— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 23, 2014
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 23, 2014
(4-2) vs. (4-2)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $10-$278 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando (Preseason); Jan. 14 in Orlando; March 17 in Houston
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Click after the jump for the latest news from Magic and Rockets sources.
What did the players think of the quicker game, you might ask?
“I didn’t feel a different at all,” said Celtics forward Jeff Green told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald article. “When you’re playing, you don’t think about it too much.”
This sentiment was shared by most of those involved with the game, such as Boston coach Brad Stevens, who said he was not sure about how much impact the four less minutes had. Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins noted that for his team, only bench players’ minutes would be impacted by a shorter game, as his starters played roughly the same amount as they usually do.
“I just play basketball. I let my agent handle that. I’m all about my team and us getting better as a unit, as a team and us winning more games this year. So that’s where my mindset is. I told my agent, ‘If something happens, you can call me. But if not, don’t call me.’ I’ll be ready to go every night.”
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are still far apart.
After reaching terms on Nik Vucevic extension, Orlando will keep working on Tobias Harris talks. Still significant gap there, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 21, 2014
Vooooooooooooch! !! Happy for my man! Congrats big fella @NikolaVucevic
— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) October 21, 2014
@NikolaVucevic Congratulations to this guy! Glad to be apart of the Magic future with this guy!
— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) October 21, 2014
Congrats to the bro @NikolaVucevic !!!!!!!!!!!
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) October 22, 2014
Tobias Harris is also due an extension. The Magic have until October 31 to agree to an extension or he would be eligible to become a restricted free agent next summer.
In the years after Shaquille O’Neal left the Magic, the team searched for someone — anyone — who could play center. From Felton Spencer to Rony Seikaly to Isaac Austin to Andrew Declercq to Shawn Kemp to Patrick Ewing to Kelvin Cato. There was no consistency and no plan other than stop gaps (maybe Seikaly […]
Magic give Vucevic four-year $54 million extension, source tells Yahoo
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 21, 2014
The Magic had an open practice Monday at Amway Center. The team went through a light practice as Jacque Vaughn and the team got the fans involved and put on a good show for the estimated 2,000 that appeared and filled the lower bowl. The question remained on the new face who was on the […]
— FOX Sports Magic (@FOXSportsMagic) October 21, 2014
All 82-games of the Magic’s 26th anniversary season will be on Fox Sports Florida this year.
The announcement also came with the news that Fox Sports Florida reporter Kelly Nash will join the Magic broadcast team. Nash has covered the Lightning and the Rays for Fox Sports Florida for the last several years.
David Steele and Jeff Turner will once again be the broadcast team for the Magic with Paul Kennedy hosting most Magic Live broadcasts. Dante Marchitelli will also fill in there and do some sideline reporting. Brian Hill, Nick Anderson and Tony Battie will be among the analysts the Magic use for their studio pregame and postgame shows.
The team will also air six features of “Inside the Magic” throughout the season.
The season kicks off next Tuesday in New Orleans at 8 p.m.
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Toronto Raptors: Raptors HQ
Golden State Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Los Angeles Clippers: Clips Nation
Los Angeles Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
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Sacramento Kings: Sactown Royalty | Basketball Intelligence
Index of all SBNation Previews
Additional Preview Features from Sonics Rising
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose are doing their NBA team previews on Grantland and have slotted the Orlando Magic as team #25, one spot above the Los Angeles Lakers. If you can make sense of their Magic-Will Smith comparison, let us know in the comments below.
Overall, Simmons and Rose were very complimentary of the Magic and their past draft, but think there are still some growing pains to weather. Simmons picked Elfrid Payton for Rookie of the Year, but they both said that Jacque Vaughn would not be around much longer.
For the last few years, ESPN has gathered their experts, polled them and broken down the 500 players in teh NBA down to a simple list. This is #NBARank. You have to love the debate it engenders and the defensive response it creates in fans. Think of this as ours. The list reached its top-40 […]
The Magic suffered their second preseason loss in Allentown, Pa., 95-84 in a game that probably should have had the Sixers’ owner apologizing for bringing two NBA teams resting many of their “star” players. Of course, the Sixers even with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel have made a mockery of NBA teams with their tanking […]
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 19, 2014