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 offseason, 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 decide 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 the 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 17th
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 offseason 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 Vučevićcontinued
his solid play down low, posting a double-double.
Orlando returned 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 matchup. 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
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 Vucevic 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
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 Vucevic, 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.
Orlando Magic - Schedule in 2013-14
The 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 offseason 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 matchups, then the Magic might just get a win or two against the
team that has won the last three Easter Conference titles.
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 offseason 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 matchup every time these two teams meet this season, and Orlando
fans can pack into the stands to see these games at the Amway Center.
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 matchups 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 offseason 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 Vucevic, the Magic should be in for a climb up the
There's 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?
Both 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
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.