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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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Power Rankings Roundup: Magic are not the worst!

It is Monday and that can only mean another batch of Power Rankings. The click-baiting and hate-mongering have truly begun in full force! Last week, the Magic clocked in for many Power Rankers (not the Mighty Morphin’ kind) at No. 29. Only the extremely hapless Sixers were unanimously considered worse than the Magic. This week, […]

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Orlando Magic Daily Mailbag Vol. 2: Assessing value

The Magic are a few games into their 26th season with a ton of questions left to answer. The deadline for extensions passed, but many of you in the last few weeks had questions about Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic and their overall value to the franchise. As always, well maybe always is the wrong […]

Magic Wands: vs. Raptors


Orlando, Fla.

(1-0) vs. (0-2)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Raptors by 6.5
Tickets: $11-$1060 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Nov. 11 in Toronto; Dec. 15 in Toronto; April 10 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Toronto 97.5 110.6
105.7 45.6 33.3
10.2
36.7
Orlando 97.0 94.4 105.6 47.4 22.1 18.7 28.8


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Defense takes time in early season

The Magic seemed set on building a defensive minded team with the way they have drafted the last few years — Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton — and the overall direction the franchise seems to want to take. Even last season, the Magic’s defense was probably better than their record might indicate — […]

Magic Wands: vs. Wizards


Orlando, Fla.

(0-1) vs. (0-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Wizards by 4
Tickets: $9-$1060 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.; Dec. 10 in Orlando; Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Washington 92.8 102.6
114.9 52.0 17.9
15.1
32.0
Orlando 96.4 88.2 103.4 40.5 30.8 18.9 25.0


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1) Tobias Harris is heading into this home opener uncertain whether Orlando will be his long-term home, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes. It is looking more and more like Harris will hit unrestricted free agency.

2) I joined Tuck & O’Neill on Sports Talk Florida yesterday to break down the Magic’s season opening loss and to take a look at the beginning of the season.

3) The tape did not lie after Tuesday’s game, and the Magic are focused on controlling the glass better in Thursday’s game, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

4) Like the Magic, defense was a concern for the Wizards in their opening loss to the Heat last night in Miami, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post writes.

5) The Wizards play-by-play announcer called out the Heat for using canned fan noise.

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