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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 […]

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
Philadelphia 103.1 89.6

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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, […]

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
Orlando 100.8 101.0

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Report: Magic support Draft Lottery reform


“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.


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 […]

Magic Wands: vs. Flamengo

Orlando, Fla.

(0-1) vs. (2-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $5-$310 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando (Preseason)

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Flamengo 100.6 87.4 99.4
43.5 20.5 23.9 44.9
Orlando 101.7 98.7

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Time for a mid-preseason mailbag!

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I said I would be trying to do these every few weeks, and I was not lying!

We are at the halfway point of the preseason (almost) and it seems like high time for a mailbag. So send me your Magic questions, thoughts and curiosities. I would love to hear from you!

You can reach me by responding on Twitter at @OMagicDaily or e-mail me your questions at I will try to sort through the mailbag and answer your questions by the middle of next week. So until then. . . send me your questions!

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The cliches, and an identity emerge despite Magic loss

The preseason is not a time to worry too much about wins and losses. It is not a time to freak out too much about late-game execution. There are funky lineups out there and lots of experimenting going on. Jannero Pargo scored 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting in the final quarter and Al Jefferson was […]

Magic Wands: at Hornets

Charlotte, N.C.

(2-0) vs. (1-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $5-$5,167 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Charlotte (Preseason); Nov. 21 in Charlotte; Dec. 27 in Charlotte; Jan. 3 in Orlando; March 1 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 102.4 99.6 96.2
49.7 23.0 14.2 30.6
Charlotte 99.1 96.4 96.6 45.6 21.5 11.5

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Pace the early focus for Magic

It was easy to look at the Magic’s young roster and predict pace would be an important part of the team’s offense. The media (yes, I am looking at me) pegged the team already as one that would get up and down the floor and try to run at every opportunity. With guards like Victor […]

Previewing the Southeast and Southwest Division

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Southeast Division

Atlanta Hawks: Peachtree Hoops
Charlotte Hornets: At The Hive
Miami Heat: Hot Hot Hoops
Orlando Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post | Orlando Magic Daily
Washington Wizards: Bullets Forever

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks: Mavs Moneyball
Houston Rockets: The Dream Shake
Memphis Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues
New Orleans Pelicans: The Bird Writes
San Antonio Spurs: Pounding the Rock

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