Magic Update – Week of April 7th
The Orlando Magic have had the kind of season that many people expected
from them, as they are one of the youngest teams in the National Basketball Association. Winning a lot of games was not necessarily
the goal for this group this season, but the club has seen some nice development from their youngsters along the way. Orlando
has to be thrilled with the rookie season that Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has been able
to put together. Oladipo has shown his ability to be an elite defender on the perimeter and has flashed offensive potential
that could make him a future All-Star. Oladipo is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of this Orlando team, though he is not
the only young talent that the Magic have high hopes for. Orlando traded for the relatively unknown Tobias Harris last season
and he tore it up down the stretch in 2012-13. Harris started the 2013-14 season injured but has blossomed lately, again looking
like a nice building block in Orlando.
The Magic got a nice win last week when they took down the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves have one of the best player in the NBA in Kevin Love, but Love was out for this game with back spasms and the Magic
took advantage. Orlando hot a nice game out of big man Kyle O'Quinn, who in a spot start put up 14 points, 13 boards and four
blocks. Oladipo played well off the pine, chipping in 17 points (7 of 12 shooting) and six assists. Oladipo has played at
both guard positions this season and has shown better passing ability than he did at Indiana. He may never be a true point
guard, but his versatility gives the Magic some nice flexibility from a lineup perspective.
Magic Update –
Week of March 31st
The Orlando Magic can still get a lot out of the stretch run this season, with the opportunity to
play spoiler to teams with playoff aspirations as well as the chance to get their young players more experience on the court.
Orlando has shown that they're not just going through the motions late in the season, winning two of their three games last
week. Orlando kicked off the week with a nice win over the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that has a shot at making the playoffs
in the competitive Western Conference. The Magic got another big game out of Tobias Harris, who has been playing very well
as of late, as the Tennessee product notched 25 points and 11 boards in the game. Harris figures to be a big part of the team's
future, as he is a versatile frontcourt player that can score points in bunches in a multitude of ways. Portland star LaMarcus
Aldridge was injured and missed this contest, but it remains a big win for the Magic.
Orlando got another victory later
in the week when they took down the Charlotte Bobcats, a squad that looks poised to make the postseason in the Eastern Conference
for just the second time in franchise history. The Magic needed overtime to get the victory in this one, but they pulled it
off. Nikola Vucevic was big-time in this contest, notching 24 points and grabbing a huge 23 boards. The USC product has had
another fine season for the Magic after breaking out in 2012-13. He should be another building block for this rebuilding Orlando
organization. Harris and Victor Oladipo had nice games off the bench against the Bobcats, helping the team to a nice victory.
Orlando has some good games coming this week.
Magic Update – Week of March 24th
The Orlando Magic
have been struggling a bit lately, and they were unable to get a victory last week. Orlando started off the week with a match-up
against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have a potent offensive attack that is led by point guard Steph Curry. Curry
played well against Orlando in this game, dropping 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field, which included Curry hitting
three shots from deep. Curry has taken his game to the next level this season, becoming one of the stars of the National Basketball
Association. Not only has Curry proven that he can be a potent scorer in the pro game, but he has also honed his skills as
a facilitator and floor general to the point where he is averaging more than eight assists per contest in 2013-14. Orlando
saw several players play well against the Warriors, but they were simply outmatched by a more talented team.
the week Orlando faced off with the Phoenix Suns, who are fighting for a spot in the postseason out in the Western Conference.
The Magic actually hung tough in this game until the Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter, and Orlando saw forward Tobias
Harris play very well off the bench. Harris dropped 23 points and added nine rebounds in the contest, continuing his late-season
surge. It has taken Harris a while to find his game this season after starting the year with an injury, and he figures to
be an important building block for the franchise as they continue to construct their roster. Arron Afflalo also had a nice
game against Phoenix, dropping 20 points on just 10 field goal attempts. However, the Magic could not overcome the Suns thanks
to an all-around effort from Phoenix.
Magic Update – Week of March 17th
The Orlando Magic had a
tough week last week, losing all three of their contests. The Magic kicked off the week with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both the Magic and Bucks are rebuilding teams that are looking toward the future more than the present, but it had to be a
disappointment for the Orlando players that they could not earn the victory in this one. The Bucks were able to earn the win
thanks to a great effort from forward Khris Middleton, who notched 21 points to go with six boards and seven assists. Middleton
has been a pleasant surprise for the Bucks this season, as he looks like a solid role player moving forward. Brandon Knight
led Milwaukee in scoring with 24 points, as he has proven to be a valuable young player for the team. Orlando got double-digit
scoring from seven players against Milwaukee, but the team did not get the standout performance they needed from one single
Later in the week Orlando fell to the Washington Wizards in overtime. The Wizards have been playing good basketball
as of late, so taking them to an extra period is a nice accomplishment even though the Magic could not get the victory. Orlando
could not stop point guard John Wall, who torched the Magic for 21 points and 11 assists. Center Marcin Gortat also had a
double-double in the game, notching 19 points and 14 rebounds. Orlando saw Tobias Harris score 21 points off the bench, but
it was not enough in the end. Harris looks to be one of the Magic's building blocks moving forward, as lately he looks more
and more like the player fans saw come over from Milwaukee in the JJ Redick trade.
Magic Update – Week
of March 10th
The Orlando Magic had a tough week last week, dropping both of their contests, but both losses came at
the hands at contenders of Western Conference contenders. The Magic kicked off the week with a loss to the Houston Rockets,
though the team had a 13-point lead after the first quarter. Arron Afflalo led the Magic in scoring with 18 points. Afflalo
is having a career year as the go-to guy in the Orlando offense. Afflalo has worked hard to hone his craft at the two-guard
spot over the years, and his hard work has paid off by his improving each and every season. Afflalo probably is not an ideal
number one option for a contender, but he has provided reliable scoring and leadership for this young Orlando squad. Maurice
Harkless has been playing well as of late, and he performed in this contest to the tune of 15 points and five steals. Harkless
is a very solid defensive player with loads of potential just waiting to be tapped. While the Rockets proved too tough to
handle in this game, the Magic were able to get a nice game from some of their youngsters.
The Magic dropped their second
game of the week as well, this one coming at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. The Magic were able to put up 112 points
in this one, but unfortunately they also allowed 121 to the Spurs. Tobias Harris led the team in scoring in this game, dropping
23 points off the bench. Harris has not been quite the same threat on the court that he was after he came over to Orlando
in a trade with Milwaukee last season, but the team has high hopes for this talented young player. Aside from Victor Oladipo,
Harris may have the highest ceiling of any Magic player.
Magic Update – Week of March 3rd
Magic played well last week, getting a pair of wins over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are in a rebuilding phase similar
to that of Orlando, but a win is a win in the National Basketball Association. The Magic's first tilt with Philadelphia came
on February 26th as the teams faced off in the City of Brotherly Love. Orlando saw six players score in double figures in
this contest, a great all-around effort from the team as a whole. Center Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double in the game,
notching 21 points and 13 boards to go with three blocked shots. Vucevic has proven to be a fantastic contributor for the
Magic thanks to his arrival via the trade that shipped Dwight Howard to Los Angeles two seasons ago. The Sixers got 19 points
out of Thaddeus Young in this game, but it was not enough to take down the Magic.
The two teams experienced a rematch
in Orlando several days later, and the result was the same, and Orlando victory. Tobias Harris looked great in this contest,
scoring 31 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Harris has had an up and down season in 2013-14, starting the year on the
sidelines with an injury and not getting regular playing time until recently. Magic fans hope he can continue to find his
way and after impressive run last season after coming over in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Nikola Vučević chipped
in another double-double in this game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Young again led the Sixers in scoring,
this time with 29, but his teammates could not give him enough support to put them over the top. Orlando will look to build
on this pair of victories moving forward.
Magic Update – Week of February 24th
The Orlando Magic
continue to struggle to get wins on the court, but this team is in a rebuilding process and it's going to take time for this
young group to realize its potential. The Magic matched up with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has been playing well
as of late, on February 19th at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The Cavs jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 26-11
first quarter, and while the Magic fought back valiantly, they were unable to get over the hump for the victory. The Magic
got 23 points out of Arron Afflalo, who was not moved at the trade deadline as some people thought he might be. Afflalo is
having his best season as a pro and will still have plenty of value in the off-season, and speculation is that he will be
shopped leading up to the draft. With Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, also playing shooting
guard predominantly (despite what the team says about his potential as a point guard) most analysts think the Magic will love
to move Afflalo for more assets.
The Magic have certainly not given up on the court, though, as was evidenced by their
129-121 win over the New York Knicks on February 23rd. Orlando entered the fourth quarter down seven in this one before fighting
back and tying the game by the end of regulation. After both clubs scored seven points in the overtime period, forcing a second
overtime, Orlando was able to outscore New York 16-8 in a second extra period. Oladipo had his best game as a pro in this
one, notching 30 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists. Oladipo has potential to be a star player, and is already a fantastic
defender. He is definitely a cornerstone for this Orlando team going forward.
Magic Update – Week of February
The Orlando Magic are undoubtedly in a rebuilding phase right now, but there is a lot to be excited about this
season as a fan of the team. This team has shown that they've got some serious young talent that could help this organization
blossom into a contender within the next few seasons. The Magic should earn another high draft pick in the off-season to add
to their young core. Orlando was unable to win its final game heading into the All-Star break, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies
by just five points. This one was a defensive battle, and Orlando had some trouble containing big man Zach Randolph, who contributed
20 of Memphis's 86 points on the night. The Magic as a team were bottled up by the Memphis defense, as no Orlando player scored
more than 13 points. Nikola Vučević continued his solid play down low, posting a double-double.
from the All-Star break nice and rested, but were edged out in their first contest back on the court by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are another team in a rebuilding mode currently, and this was a pretty even match-up. Milwaukee prevailed by a score
of 104 to 101 thanks to a good all-around performance from rookie Nate Wolters. Wolters put up 15 points, seven boards and
eight assists in the contest, and has shown flashes of NBA ability throughout his first season as a pro. Caron Butler chipped
in 21 points off the bench as well. Orlando got 21 points from shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who is having his best season
as a pro in 2013-14. Afflalo has been the subject of some trade rumors, but Orlando may hang on to him despite his playing
the same position as rookie Victor Oladipo. Afflalo is emerging as a legitimate first or second option on offense.
Magic Update – Week of February 10th
The Orlando Magic had a fantastic week last week, winning three of
their four contests and taking down two of the best teams in the National Basketball Association in the process. Orlando was
able to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 7th by a one-point margin. It was not one player that did most of the
offensive damage against the Thunder, as the Magic put together a great team effort. Five different Orlando players scored
in double figures in the game, and two others notched nine points. Magic center Nikola Vučević posted a double-double
and rookie Victor Oladipo was brilliant with his all-around performance. Oladipo has a real chance at winning the Rookie of
the Year award, as he's putting together a fine first season in the pros. The Magic obviously made a great decision in selecting
the Indiana product with the second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft last off-season.
Two days later the Magic were pitted
against the Indiana Pacers, considered by many to be a real contender for the Eastern Conference and NBA titles this season.
The Magic did not back down, though, and squeaked out their second one-point victory of the week. Indiana entered the fourth
quarter of this game leading by double digits, but rookie Victor Oladipo was able to rally the Magic to an upset win. Oladipo
finished with 23 points in the game, playing his usual stellar defense along the way as well. The Magic also got a big game
from center Nikola Vučević, as the former USC Trojan scored 19 points and gobbled up 13 rebounds to help the Magic
take down a tough team. Indiana got 27 points form Paul George, but Orlando did a nice job of containing his running mates,
as no other Pacer would score more than 16 points on the night.
The Orlando Magic - Schedule in 2013-14
Orlando Magic are looking to wow the fans in the stands this season with some magical basketball against some of the best
teams in the National Basketball Association. The Magic have a roster brimming with young talent, and Magic fans are excited
to see how much these youngsters can improve in 2013-14. The Magic play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference,
a division in which they finished in last place in 2012-13. However, it's not as much about the present for this Orlando team
as it is about the future, one that looks very bright for this organization. The team landed another young talent in the NBA
Draft this past off-season when they landed guard Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick. Oladipo looks ready to assume
a big role for the team right away, and his athleticism and defense should be on display from day one in Orlando. The Magic
have their work cut out for them to rise in the ranks of the Eastern Conference and contend for a playoff spot, but it should
be an interesting season in Orlando no matter what as people try to get a sense of just how many intriguing young players
the Magic really have on their roster. The Amway Center should be filled with fans all season long to see the Magic take on
some tough opponents on their home court.
The Magic will certainly have a tough task on their hands each time the Miami
Heat visit the Amway Center in 2013-14. The Heat are coming off their second consecutive NBA Championship and have their sights
set on a three-peat. It's going to take a lot of discipline from this young Orlando team to steal any wins away from the Heat
this season, but the team's energy and athleticism could be enough to pull it off. Slowing down Miami superstar LeBron James
is not going to be an easy task, but it never is. James is already destined to go down as one of the best players to ever
don an NBA uniform, and he remains in his prime right now. The Magic will need veterans like Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson
to be at the top of their respective games when the Heat come to town this season. If a few of the young guns can stop their
games up for these match-ups, then the Magic might just get a win or two against the team that has won the last three Easter
Another team that the Magic will be keeping an eye on is the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats probably
present Orlando with their best chance to earn some divisional victories. The Bobcats should be a team on the rise this season,
though, thanks to their off-season addition of big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson gives the Bobcats a reliable post scoring option,
something that the Magic will surely look to contain when the Bobcats come into the Amway Center in 2013-14. The Magic will
also look to slow down Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker, who is one of the quickest guards in the NBA. It should be an interesting
match-up every time these two teams meet this season, and Orlando fans can pack into the stands to see these games at the
The Orlando Magic are a part of the National Basketball Association, competing
in the Eastern Conference. The Magic call the Southeast Division home, a division that also features the Miami Heat, Atlanta
Hawks, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats. The Magic regularly host these four teams at the Amway Center, and those
games are some of the best-attended match-ups of the season. The Magic have a young team that looks to have a very bright
future. The team drafted guard Victor Oladipo in the off-season and should have themselves an athlete that can make an immediate
impact on the NBA game and have plenty of room to grown into a dynamic force on the court. With other young pieces like Tobias
Harris and Nikola Vučević, the Magic should be in for a climb up the division standings.
nothing like being in the stands when the game is on the line, especially when the home team has the ball in the waning seconds
of the game. If you've never been to an Orlando Magic Game at the Amway Center, then you've been seriously missing out on
the chance to see some of the best players in the National Basketball Association hit the floor for some serious hoops action.
Did you know that the Magic have won two conference titles in their expanding history?
in 1995 and in 2009 the Magic got all the way to the top of the East, with Shaq leading the way the first time around and
Dwight Howard the second. Though the Magic haven't been all the way to the top of the league just yet, they're also a fairly
young franchise in the grand scheme of things and fans know that they have a very bright future ahead of them.
NBA tickets to see the Magic have been in the Orlando-area sports tickets market since 1989. The mid-'90s can
probably be referred to as the golden years of the early Magic franchise, as Shaq and Penny were patrolling the court and
making life hard on the rest of the East. These days, the roster has changed a bit, but the Magic still know how to bring
it on the hardwood every time out. See for yourself by getting out and joining in the heart-pounding excitement as the Magic
look to put together another memorable season of basketball.
Imagine that the Magic are bringing
the ball up the court in the middle of a nail-biter, with the buzz of the crowd steadily rising as fans eagerly anticipate
an unbelievable finish to a game that has already had its fair share of exciting moments. The fans in the stands go crazy
in these situations, and you can join them to be a part of the excitement this season.