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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 […]

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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.

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Magic vs Cavaliers Is Most Expensive Game Of November

The Orlando Magic knew they would be going through some growing pains in the 2014-15 NBA season. Already rolling with a rookie point guard, the team has also had to deal with a gap at shooting guard thanks to a facial fracture to star guard, Victor Oladipo. Naturally, we will not really know what this Magic team […]

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Opportunity gained for Magic in win

This season has been one of opportunity. OK, maybe every game is that to a certain extent. There are opportunities missed and opportunities gained. Chance to build off momentum and chances to squirt it away. The tried and true statement that basketball is a game of runs is pretty evidently true to the point of […]

Magic Wands: vs. Timberwolves

Orlando, Fla.

(2-2) vs. (1-4)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Timberwolves by 3
Tickets: $12-$183 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; April 3 in Minneapolis

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Minnesota 97.3 103.7 100.4 47.9 30.9 15.3 30.9
Orlando 96.9 94.3 103.7 47.7 25.0 17.9 23.0

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Magic’s first win far from easy

The Magic had four seconds to separate themselves from a victory and another five-minute slog to fight and scratch for a win. At this point in the season, no team can panic too much about their record but 0-5 looks really bad. So Jacque Vaughn had to draw up a play for a final shot. […]

Magic Wands: at 76ers

Philadelphia, Pa.

(0-4) vs. (0-4)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $4-$189 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Philadelphia; Dec. 21 in Orlando; Feb. 22 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 95.6 95.9 107.8 48.2 23.6 16.5 25.5
Philadelphia 99.5 91.3 103.4 47.0 21.4 18.2 32.0

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Magic get to work on establishing identity

Welcome to Year Three of the Magic’s massive rebuild. It has been a hard two years. But Year Three, so everyone says, is when the team starts to turn a corner. The old regime and their players are completely gone. This is purely Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn‘s team and their players. The future starts […]

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Magic roughed up in loss to Bulls

Nikola Vucevic had things pretty easy in the first half. Pau Gasol was not able to keep Vucevic from getting to his spots and working to put the ball in the basket. Here was Vucevic showing all the improvement and all the wrinkles added to his game over the summer that has made him the […]

Magic Wands: at Bulls

Chicago, Ill.

(0-3) vs. (2-1)   
Time/TV: 8 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $38-$1430 onTiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Chicago; Jan. 12 in Chicago; Feb. 8 in Orlando; April 8 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 97.1 95.7 107.1 48.7 21.5 17.3 29.1
Chicago 95.3 108.1 100.5 54.1 23.4 17.7 37.8

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