Khem Birch's Hustle and Energy Helping Magic

January 22, 2018

By John DentonJan. 22, 2018 ORLANDO – Informed on Sunday afternoon that the Orlando Magic had just won in Boston for the first time since 2011, reserve center Khem Birch did some quick math in his head and thought back to a time when his NBA dream was just beginning some 55 miles away from TD Garden. “It’s funny because that makes me feel old,’’ the 25-year-old Birch joked following…

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Last 7 Games: Magic Rank First in Points in the Paint

January 22, 2018

By Josh CohenJan. 22, 2018 ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic are playing their best basketball since they were 6-2 to start the season and then 8-4 shortly after. With wins over the Timberwolves and Celtics and near upsets against the Wizards and Cavaliers in their last four games, results are shifting in the Magic’s favor. So, what has dramatically changed? There are a few things that stand out. For one,…

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Magic's Top Performers vs. Celtics

January 21, 2018

Evan Fournier Fournier is the Magic’s best 3-point shooter. When he’s off, especially against opponents that excel guarding the perimeter (like the Celtics), it’s hard for Orlando to keep up offensively. Boston ranks first in the league in opponent 3-point percentage, so it’s no surprise Orlando shot just 6-of-21 from beyond the arc. Fournier, however, managed to connect on three treys and finished with 19 points.

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Postgame Report: Magic 103, Celtics 95

January 21, 2018

By John DentonJan. 21, 2018 BOSTON – While most in the New England area had their focus trained on the injured hand of quarterback Tom Brady and the plight of the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, the Orlando Magic came into Sunday intent on continuing their stellar play of late even if it meant thrashing the East-leading Boston Celtics and doing something they had not accomplished in…

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Nikola Vucevic Starting to Get Strength Back in Broken Hand

January 21, 2018

By John DentonJan. 21, 2018 BOSTON – Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic’s favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles, but his favorite non-NBA athlete is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It just so happens that Vucevic and Brady were both in the New England area on Sunday and dealing with hand injuries, and the Magic center joked that he’d be more than happy to offer up a few tips…

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Beating Celtics Would Be Huge for Magic's Confidence

January 20, 2018

By Josh CohenJan. 20, 2018 BOSTON – Earlier this week, the Orlando Magic snapped the Minnesota Timberwolves’ five-game winning streak behind a spectacular performance from Evan Fournier, tenacious interior defense from Bismack Biyombo and Khem Birch, and solid bench production. A couple days later, the Magic erased a 23-point deficit and nearly stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers before falling short in the final seconds. Orlando used balanced scoring – six Magic…

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Last 6 Games: Magic Rank Second in Assists

January 19, 2018

By Josh CohenJan. 19, 2018 BOSTON – One thing that has been generally consistent throughout this season has been the Magic’s willingness to play through the pass. Head coach Frank Vogel and his staff have done a terrific job preaching the importance of unselfishness and solidarity, which is often a challenge when you have mostly young players trying to prove themselves. Over the last six games, the Magic rank second…

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Magic Showing Improvement During Recent Stretch

January 19, 2018

By John DentonJan. 19, 2018 BOSTON – In NBA locker rooms, the only thing more disliked than, say, country music is the proverbial moral victory. Players and coaches alike despise the notion of taking any sort of satisfaction or sense of accomplishment out of a game where their team played well throughout, only to lose at the end. While all those things certainly ring true with the Orlando Magic, there’s…

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Magic's Top Performers vs. Cavs

January 19, 2018

Jonathon Simmons Coming into the year, the belief was that Simmons, who embraces physical play, would lead the Magic in free throw attempts. While Gordon currently holds a slight edge in this category, Simmons is second on the team in trips to the line. He shot 6-of-8 from the stripe in Thursday’s loss and scored 16 points.

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Postgame Report: Magic at Cavs

January 19, 2018

By John DentonJan. 18, 2018 CLEVELAND – The Orlando Magic drove the ball with purpose or swung it from side to side to find open shooters, and defensively they helped one another to get enough stops to frustrate the Cleveland Cavaliers and their booing fans at Quicken Loans Arena. When they did that all throughout a tide-turning third period and just enough times late in the game, the Magic were…

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