Magic Wands: vs. Bucks

Orlando, Fla.

(4-4) vs. (3-6)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Magic by 3
Tickets: $15-$463 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Jan. 29 in Orlando; March 11 in Milwaukee; April 4 in Milwaukee

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Milwaukee 96.2 96.1 94.2 46.8 28.9 17.9 23.1
Orlando 96.2 98.3 103.9 50.6 22.1 17.4 24.4

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Free agency starts to loom for Tobias Harris

It did not take long for the first Tobias Harris rumor to hit the iron. The Magic and Harris failed to reach a contract extension by the October 31 deadline, sending Harris into the uncertainty of unrestricted free agency. Really, it is uncertainty for everyone. The Magic are hoping his value on the open market […]

Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 26: Early season musings with Mary Stevens of Basketball Insiders

We are nine games into the season and have seen plenty from this undermanned Magic team in that short time. There are lots of storylines to follow from the emergence of Elfrid Payton to the continued growth of Nikola Vucevic.

To help us straighten all of this out, we spoke to Mary Stevens of Basketball Insiders to get her check-up on this young Magic roster.

On This Episode:

–The surprising emergence of Elfrid Payton as the Magic’s starting point guard
–What do the Magic do when Victor Oladipo comes back? How do the Magic manage their guards?
–How Nikola Vucevic has learned professionalism and how to manage himself to break out this year
–What can the Magic expect from Nikola Vucevic the rest of this season?
–Are the Magic making strides in the right direction?
–What will Victor Oladipo’s return mean for this team?

Be sure to follow Mary on Twitter @MaryPazStevensjoin her for her weekly mailbag over at Basketball Insiders and read her article on Nikola Vucevic’s journey to the NBA.

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Magic break through for win in New York

The Magic kept trying to go to what seemed like an empty well. This a night after seeing a second-half double-digit lead evaporate and then seeing it happen again. Orlando had been here before. The team just needed something to finally roll in.

Magic Wands: at Knicks

New York City, N.Y.

(2-6) vs. (2-6)   
Time/TV: 7:30 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $35-$2,163 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in New York; Jan. 23 in New York; Feb. 11 in Orlando; April 11 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96.9 97.3 103.8 50.5 23.1 18.0 22.1
New York 91.3 99.0 108.7 48.0 27.8 15.9 18.9

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1) The Magic lost an 11-point lead and let the game slip through their fingers in losing to the Raptors on Tuesday. But, man, did they play some good offense for three quarters-plus.

2) Victor Oladipo is adjusting to life with a mask, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

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Three thoughts after Magic’s 104-100 loss to Raptors

The Magic held the lead for most of the game. The offense was humming along. Shots were falling from beyond the arc. Different players took their turns playing aggressor and everything worked well. This was an Orlando team that could beat anyone — including East-leading Toronto. There are going to be nights like that with […]

Magic Wands: at Raptors

Toronto, Ont.

(2-5) vs. (6-1)   
Time/TV: 7:30 p.m./NBATV, FSFlorida
Line: Raptors by 10.5
Tickets: $24-$591 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Raptors 108, Magic 95 in Orlando on Nov. 1; Tonight in Toronto; Dec. 15 in Toronto; April 10 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96.7 96.8 103.3 49.8 24.3 18.2 22.5
Toronto 97.1 109.4 99.9 49.0 24.5 11.5 41.1

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Magic learn the D-League life

The Magic are embarking on a strange, new journey this year. The Erie BayHawks will kick off their season next week in Idaho, marking their first season and the Magic’s first season with a one-to-one D-League affiliate. It is still pretty unclear exactly how the Magic will use the D-League. Will Devyn Marble take a […]

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Power Rankings Roundup: Not bottom five!

In the words of Drake (still not quite sure who that is, but he comes up from time to time while I am playing NBA2K14), the Magic have started from the bottom and now we’re here. Where is here? Here is a place where national news outlets no longer consider the Magic tanking, as Reggie […]

An ankle injury slowed Tobias Harris early in the season, but he finished strong. David Manning-USA TODAY Sports.

Magic fight through turnovers by finding comfort

There is no denying that the Magic have one pretty big problem to solve in the early part of the season. The numbers do not lie here — the Magic are committing 18.0 turnovers per game for 25th in the league (notably tied with the Spurs for small sample size theater) and are 25th in […]

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Magic run out of gas, run out of time in Brooklyn

For three quarters, the Magic could not do too much wrong offensively, save for the stray turnover or a missed free throw. Nikola Vucevic scored 17 of his 27 points, making 8 of 10 from the floor, in the third quarter to help the Magic keep pace with a hot Nets team and maintain distance […]

Magic Wands: at Nets

Brooklyn, N.Y.

(2-4) vs. (3-2)   
Time/TV: 3:30 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Nets by 8
Tickets: $22-$317 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Today in Brooklyn; Jan. 2 in Orlando; April 15 in Brooklyn

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 97.1 95.9 102.2 48.7 25.7 22.6 18.2
Brooklyn 96.3 109.3 101.9 54.7 22.4 24.8 15.0

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1) Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel tells Magic fans to lay off Jacque Vaughn and embrace his positivity in the face of abject losing.

2) Victor Oladipo took part in limited practice Saturday and has been fitted with a mask.

3) Evan Fournier is thriving in Arron Afflalo’s place as the two have crossed paths in the NBA multiple times in his short career, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

4) A healthy Deron Williams is giving the Nets something they have not seen since he came over — the real Deron Williams, Tim Bontemps of New York Post writes.

5) New York Post columnist Steve Serby spoke with Brook Lopez about his expectations for himself and the team.