Magic can’t rebound to end road trip

Orlando had completed a 19-point comeback in Phoenix on the final night of a four-game, six-day road trip. The defense needed to get a stop in order for the Magic to have a chance to win the game. Steve Nash penetrated the lane, scissoring through defenders as he always does and found Jared Dudley in […]

A quick look at Dwight Howard’s steady play

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, opposing starting centers are averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game against Orlando this season. Both are the lowest figures in the NBA. Amazingly, the general consensus around Orlando is that Howard is having a bit of a down year by his standards. And while his points, rebounds […]

What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Suns 12/11

Magic (17-5) vs. Suns (15-7) Time/TV: 10:30 p.m./ESPN, FSFlorida Key Matchup: Jason Williams (7.5 PPG, 4.5 APG) vs. Steve Nash (17.5 PPG, 11.0 APG) -Rashard Lewis tells The Orlando Sentinel’s Brian Schmitz that he was not being defiant when he told Stan Van Gundy he did not want to go into the game during the […]

Utah flips the road trip script

Tell me if you have heard this one. Orlando races out to a double-digit and seemingly comfortable lead in the first quarter only to see its opponent race back into the game. Of course, the Magic find a way to pull it out in the end with their stellar defense and inside-out play. Golden State […]

What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Jazz 12/10

Magic (17-4) vs. Jazz (12-9) Time/TV: 10:30 p.m./TNT, FSFlorida Key Matchup: Rashard Lewis vs. Mehmet Okur -Matt Barnes is a little upset that Joakim Noah was fined less for throwing the ball into the stands. And turnovers start to creep up again. -Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel’s Magic BasketBlog reports Dwight Howard might do […]

Orlando Magic close out Los Angeles Clippers for record-breaking win

In what has become a routine, the Orlando Magic kept it close and pulled away in the fourth quarter, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 97-86 to capture their franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory. Dwight Howard absolutely dominated, leading the Magic in all five of the primary statistical categories: 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 blocks, 5 […]

What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Clippers 12/8

Magic (16-4) vs. Clippers (9-11) Time/TV: 10:30 p.m./Sun Sports Top Scorers: Vince Carter (19.7 PPG)/Chris Kaman (18.9 PPG) -We are one week away from the date teams can change newly acquire players and re-signed free agents (December 15) and Otis Smith says he has no plans to trade Brandon Bass or Marcin Gortat. Also, Stan […]

The underloved and underappreciated Anthony Johnson

Since Anthony Johnson arrived in Orlando last summer, Magic fans have been pleading for an upgrade. Last season, Johnson found himself involved in constant trade rumors as the Magic’s primary backup point guard. And this summer — even after the Magic lured Jason Williams out of retirement — people were hoping the Magic could snag […]

Late Surge Rallies Orlando Magic Past Golden State Warriors

Orlando used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to help slow down a blazing Golden State team and get its fifth straight win 126-118 on Saturday night in Oakland. The Magic opened up as much as a 16-point lead in the opening quarter before foul trouble forced Dwight Howard to the bench and the […]

What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Warriors 12/5

Hey everyone, here is your roundup of stories in advance of tonight’s games. I will hopefully be able to do this before every game and post them 2-3 hours before the game. Enjoy! -Orlando has been through a lot of adversity already through this early season, but is preparing for its usual December West Coast […]

The Curious Case of Brandon Bass

When the Magic signed Brandon Bass during the offseason, it was to add a new dimension to the team. Bass was the muscle Orlando sorely lacked against the big front line the the Los Angeles Lakers possessed and the potentially brutish front line Boston could have with Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. Bass was the […]

Huge third quarter propels Orlando Magic to rout of New York Knicks

Donning their vintage black pinstripe jerseys, the Orlando Magic gave the New York Knicks an old-school beatdown in a 118-104 victory on Wednesday night. Given that the Magic didn’t shoot exceptionally well (outside of the third quarter) and Vince Carter struggled (4-14, 10 points), you’d think the Knicks would’ve hung around. But the Magic didn’t […]

A look at the Orlando Magic’s best and worst 5-man units

Success in the NBA isn’t about finding your five best players and putting them on the floor; it’s about finding your best unit of five players — how they mesh, how they work together, how they play off each other’s strengths and how they communicate. Wayne Winston, the stats guru for the Dallas Mavericks who […]

Magic win track meet in New York, 114-102

NOTE: This is the first post by Philip Rossman-Reich, who is the newest staff writer for Orlando Magic Daily. Mickael Pietrus rebounded the ball along the baseline and flung a shot over the defense as the buzzer sounded. It swished through the net for Orlando’s second buzzer-beating shot to end the quarter. If you add […]