What They’re Saying: Bucks vs. Magic 12/30

Bucks (12-17) vs. Magic (22-8) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FS-Florida Key Matchup: Brandon Jennings (18 pts. vs. Orlando on Nov. 28) vs. Jameer Nelson (8.3 PPG, 2.7 APG since return from injury) -Orlando will focus on cutting down its turnovers after struggling protecting the ball in the last few weeks. The bad news, Milwaukee is one of […]

Taking Stock of the First Third

Well, Christmas Day has come and gone. And no matter what kind of gifts Orlando decided to leave under our tree against Boston (or not), the team has started to become who they are, settle into their identity and become what type of team they will be for the final two-thirds of the season. This […]

Ugly does not begin to describe Celtics win

Vince Carter and the Magic scratched and clawed their way into a game they had no business being in after scoring just eight points in the second quarter and being pushed around by the physically dominant Celtics. After trailing by double digits for most of the second half, Orlando cut the lead to three on […]

Howard anchors Magic to easy victory over Rockets

It had been a long time since Orlando had its lineup at full strength. The first 10 games were without Rashard Lewis and then the first game after his return, bam, Jameer Nelson tears his meniscus and is lost for a little more than a month. Nelson finally returned to the starting lineup and the […]

What They’re Saying: Rockets vs. Magic 12/23

Rockets (17-11) vs. Magic (21-7) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida, NBATV Key Matchup: Trevor Ariza (17.0 PPG) vs. Vince Carter (18.6 PPG) -Jameer Nelson had a decent return Monday night against the Jazz (got where he wanted, but did not have his legs under him for jumpers). But after just one game back, Orlando’s projected starting lineup […]

Magic grind out another win, top Jazz

JJ Redick once again provided a spark off the bench, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, to help spark a stagnant offense in the first half and help guide Orlando to a 104-99 win over Utah on Monday night. Redick played the entire fourth quarter and scored 11 points in the final period as the […]

Defending JJ Redick

Before we get into the matter of Jameer Nelson’s return and what happens to Anthony Johnson and Jason Williams, I have sensed something from the fans midway through the season. JJ Redick is still somewhat under appreciated. Redick certainly has a lot of baggage with him — starting with his reputation in college and continuing […]

Magic get defensive against Blazers

JJ Redick came off a screen and received a sharp bounce pass from Matt Barnes. He calmly drained the 3-pointer as he had done millions of times at Duke and had earned him a spot in the NBA and the promise to keep him hanging around the league. The three tied the game entering the […]

What They’re Saying: Blazers vs. Magic 12/19

Blazers (16-11) vs. Magic (19-7) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida, NBATV Key Matchup: Brandon Roy (21.6 PPG) vs. Vince Carter (19.1 PPG) -They may be home for a long while, but Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes this upcoming stretch starting tonight will be important for the Magic to keep up in the East. Not a […]

Turkoglu returns, Magic cruise

When Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard get together, special things usually happen. With Hedo Turkoglu making his first visit to Amway Arena since last year’s finals, Howard was the only one that put on a show. Dwight’s stat line says it all: 18 points, 14 rebounds, eight blocks — most into the laps of those […]

What They’re Saying: Raptors vs. Magic 12/16

Raptors (11-16) vs. Magic (18-6) Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports Key Matchup: Chris Bosh (24.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG) vs. Dwight Howard (18.2 PPG, 12.7 RPG) -The NBA officially rescinded Dwight Howard’s technical foul from Monday’s game and upgraded Troy Murphy’s technical to a flagrant foul. Hopefully it will lead to a closer scrutiny of the fouls […]

Orlando outpaces Indiana in crunch time

Rashard Lewis was having the kind of night you could forget. Lewis was in foul trouble and could not find his shot, finishing four for 10, and was slow defensively. But when Orlando needed a shot to spark a late-game rally, you can always bet Lewis would be there. Lewis’ corner three was followed by […]

What They’re Saying: Pacers vs. Magic 12/14

Pacers (8-13) vs. Magic (17-6) Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports Key Matchup: Dahntay Jones (14.8 PPG) vs. Mickael Pietrus (10.1 PPG) -In true Stan Van Gundy form, the coach said he has seen good things from the Magic so far this season but they have to be better to reach that championship level. -Injury updates from […]

Stan Van Gundy and the Losing Streak

I remember the days when the Magic were a mediocre and middling franchise and scratched and clawed their way into the playoffs every year, only to lose in the first round. Thankfully, those days are long gone. But something that always struck me after Stan Van Gundy arrived and the Magic started winning again was […]