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Three thoughts after Magic’s 95-84 loss to Sixers

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 […]

Previewing the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics: CelticsBlog | Red’s Army | Celtics Green | LucidSportsFan
Brooklyn Nets: Nets Daily | Baller Mind Frame
New York Knicks: Posting and Toasting
Philadelphia 76ers: Liberty Ballers
Toronto Raptors: Raptors HQ

Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Los Angeles Clippers: Clips Nation
Los Angeles Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
Phoenix Suns: Bright Side of the Sun
Sacramento Kings: Sactown Royalty | Basketball Intelligence

Index of all SBNation Previews

Additional Preview Features from Sonics Rising

Southwest and Southeast Divisions | Northwest and Central Divisions

Magic Wands: at Sixers


Allentown, Pa.

(4-1) vs. (1-4)   
Time/TV: 7:30 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $0-$0 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Allenton (Preseason); Nov. 5 in Philadelphia; Dec. 21 in Orlando; Feb. 22 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 101.6 99.7 91.5
50.9 25.6
16.3
24.5
Philadelphia 103.1 89.6
96.6
46.6
22.2
18.6
33.1

Video Vault:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0-9LWJjiqg

Click after the jump for the latest news from Magic and Sixers sources.

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Three thoughts after Magic’s 99-86 win over Pistons

The Magic continue to roll in the preseason, putting in a solid first quarter and continuing to get great games from the auditioning Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Orlando took an 11-point lead after the first quarter and opened the team’s lead back up with another impressive defensive performance in the fourth quarter. Of course, […]

Bill and Jalen Compare the Magic to Will Smith

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.

Magic Wands: vs. Pistons


Orlando, Fla.

(3-1) vs. (3-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $8-$170 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando (Preseason); Nov. 17 in Detroit; Dec. 30 in Detroit; Jan. 21 in Detroit; March 27 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Detroit 100.8 98.7 92.2
47.8 25.8
13.7
35.3
Orlando 100.8 101.0
92.9
50.9
25.7
15.7
29.3

Video Vault:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rztY0oxObXI

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Ryan Anderson declares ‘Space Jam’ best basketball movie

Forget about Michael Jordan for a bit. Bill Murray is the deciding factor for Ryan Anderson. Space Jam is the greatest basketball movie of all time according to the New Orleans Pelicans forward, upsetting Hoosiers on its way to a championship. Even though Anderson himself is a white man who cannot jump (his words, not […]

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Magic are done with #NBARank

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 […]

Report: Magic support Draft Lottery reform

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“The Orlando Magic support a proposal to reform the NBA Draft Lottery in which the teams with the four worst overall records would have nearly identical chances to win the top overall pick, according to an industry source with knowledge of the Magic’s thinking.”

Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

The reported recent proposal would even out the odds for the four worst teams in the league and then hold a lottery to determine the first six spots in the NBA Draft. The idea is for this to prevent “tanking” and teams from purposefully racing to the bottom to nab a top pick. Of course, having one of the three worst records would still guarantee the best odds at getting the top pick but it may no longer guarantee a top-four pick.

As Robbins notes, the Magic are likely moving away from their bottom-feeding days and looking to advance as a team and so winning the lottery is less a priority than it might have been the last two seasons.

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Magic working to shrink the learning curve in win over Flamengo

Elfrid Payton was pushed, prodded and examined heavily in his first home preseason game. A little adversity is not going to do the rookie any wrong. It will certainly help the Magic as any adversity and challenge in the preseason would. Payton though has been the rookie living a bit of a charmed life. Columnists […]

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