Despite leading for almost the entire game, the Orlando Magic fell to the Houston Rockets 90-89 tonight, as the Magic reserves couldn't hold onto the lead down the stretch. Dwight Howard sat out tonight, so his third return to Orlando was a non-story, especially since it was the preseason. Here are the takeaways as the regular season is right around to corner.Read More
Despite leading Houston by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, Orlando fell 89-90 to the Rockets tonight at the Amway Center. Here's what Jacque Vaughn and some of his players had to say after the close loss.Read More
Orlando plays its penultimate game of the preseason tonight against the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center. Jacque Vaughn's club is 4-2 heading into this game, and figures to be playing against a Houston team that will have many of its starters resting after last night's game in Miami.Read More
According to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Orlando Magic have agreed to a four-year, $54 million extension with their franchise center, Nikola Vucevic. While the details of the contract have not been confirmed yet, we're hearing rumblings around various media outlets that the deal is $48 million guaranteed with potential incentives and that all four years are guaranteed.Read More
In this segment of the position breakdown series we'll look at the potential power forwards for the Magic this year. Two of the candidates were covered in the small forward portion of this series; they are featured here as well, but for (partially) varying reason. Before we re-assess those two players in this context, let's take a look at some of the players not discussed thus far.Read More
The Orlando Magic look to start the 2014-15 season on a new note. Over the course of the past two seasons, the Magic have collected just 43 wins and found themselves in the cellar of the Southeast Division. After waiving veteran Jameer Nelson, Orlando needed depth at the point guard position and may have found a diamond in the rough in Luke Ridnour.
Ridnour signed a two year, $5.50 million contract on July 25th, though only the first year is guaranteed. He brings valuable veteran leadership and playoff experience to a Magic team is looking to contend for a playoff spot for the first time since Dwight Howard left. Whether he plays a lot of minutes is another question, but expect the former Oregon Duck to make a big impact off the court.Read More
In the first professional face-off of the Gordon Brothers -- Aaron and Drew -- the Sixers came away with a 95-84 victory. The Magic now sit at 4-2 on the preseason. While it was not televised, no eyes were needed to tell that this was not a pretty game for the Magic.
DNP’s for the Magic: Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Ben Gordon, Luke Ridnour, Victor Oladipo, Channing Frye.
Here are your takeaways.Read More
The Magic won again last night, defeating the Pistons to improve to 4-1 on the preseason. And rookie Aaron Gordon had another good game, with 14 points and 8 rebounds. He even sprinkled a couple three-pointers in there.
But the best part of Gordon's game is still his athleticism, and he showed off what he can do with two great dunks. The first was a second chance basket where Gordon went up and threw it down in a crowded painted area, but I preferred the other one, where he took a few steps in from the three point line and launched up for the two-handed slam. Check them out.Read More
Behind a strong performance from its front court, the Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 99-87 tonight, leading from start to finish. Tobias Harris led the way with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Elfrid Payton ran the offense to the tune of 6 points and 8 assists. Greg Monroe paced Detroit with 24 and 10.
And even though it's preseason, the Magic are winning. They are 4-1, matching their combined win total from the last two preseasons. Kyle O'Quinn says that it isn't something to ignore. "It's exhibition play, but we aren't looking at it like that. We go into every game thinking we want to win. We fell short to the Hornets, but that's another game we wanted to win. Coach [Jacque Vaughn] isn't putting into our minds that it's preseason."
Here are the takeaways.Read More
Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons come to the Amway Center tonight to take on the Orlando Magic (3-1) at 7:00 PM. It should be a fun one with Stan back in town, along with seeing how he'll have his very talented roster playing.
On to the game preview.Read More
Victor Oladipo is a great singer. That is a known fact. But it turns out that Kyle O'Quinn might be even better. (Sarcasm)
Check out Oladipo's beautiful bars and O'Quinn's less gracious ones here.Read More
The Magic moved to 3-1 in the preseason with a 106-88 victory over the Brazilian team Flamengo tonight, though they looked a bit sloppy, turning the ball over 23 times. It's wasn't a grade-A performance from Jacque Vaughn's team, but it was enough to earn the win, and they will grow from their mistakes. Let's check out what everyone had to say after the game.Read More
Despite a strong effort from Flamengo at the Amway Center tonight, the Orlando Magic were able to secure a 106-88 victory in the team's first game of the preseason. Led by Nik Vucevic's 20 points and 11 rebounds, Orlando was able to do exactly what we thought they would do in this matchup: utilize their talent and athleticism against a clearly inferior Brazilian squad.
Let's get to the takeaways.Read More
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After three road games to kick off the preseason, the Magic are finally home tonight, as they take on Brazilian champions Flamengo. Jacque Vaughn is choosing not to give his team a scouting report on the Brazilian team, hoping that they will go with the flow of the game and rely on their instincts instead of planning ahead. It'll be interesting to see how they do.Read More
It's never easy to find bright spots in seasons where a team finishes third-to-last in the entire league. Odds are that said team had an abysmal offense, a porous defense, and not much else in between; it's hard to be truly great at a specific aspect of the game when you're in the doldrums.
But there was an exception last season -- a majestically bearded exception, might I add -- that came in the from of Kyle O'Quinn. As athletically limited as the Norfolk State product may be, O'Quinn was able to improve upon the subtle nuances of the game that don't require physical traits, such as decision making, timing, and passing. There wasn't much to O'Quinn's game in his rookie season beyond toughness and hustle; we never really had many basketball skills to associate him with. Now that has changed, and it seems as though the third-year big man has become one of the best young backup centers in the league. Several pundits - -most notably Grantland's Zach Lowe -- caught on to O'Quinn's quiet rise towards the end of last season, and one would expect for that improvement to continue this year after a summer of hard work.Read More
Yes, even in the preseason, Magic Killers do exist. Jannero Pargo was exhibit A, leading the Hornets to a 99-97 win over the Magic, as he scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss -- which is irrelevant, since it's preseason -- there was a lot to like from Orlando tonight. Let's get into it.Read More
The UNDEFEATED Orlando Magic (2-0) look to continue their winning ways tonight in Charlotte, where they take on the new-look Hornets at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Jacque Vaughn's squad will be making its penultimate away stop of the preseason before returning home to the Amway Center to face Flamengo on Wednesday night.Read More
Orlando's first preseason game -- an overtime win in Miami -- gave Magic fans a lot to like, and Jacque Vaughn's squad will hope to build on that tonight in Indiana. Tipoff is at 7pm.Read More
The Magic kicked off their eight-game preseason slate on a good note tonight, defeating the now LeBron-less Miami Heat 108-101 in overtime. After leading Miami for most of the night, Orlando let Erik Spoelstra's squad back into the game late in the fourth quarter, and actually trailed by two points with only 2.2 seconds to go in regulation. Jacque Vaughn drew up a sensational play for Andrew Nicholson on the baseline, and the game was sent to overtime, which came much to the chagrin of fans who had enough of preseason basketball at the end of the fourth. Devyn Marble led the team in the overtime period to the win, which should put this young team in good spirits for the next few days.
All in all, Orlando's key players were impressive early on, and we saw that this team is going to be a tough bunch when they're playing well. Let's get to the takeaways.Read More