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Magic still struggling on the defensive end

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The Orlando Magic has lost three games in a row and five out of six. The latest was a highly disappointing 120-115 setback on Monday night at the hands of the Sacramento Kings, a team that had lost their previous eight games. Orlando has now lost 44 of their 68 games this season after being a competitive 15-18 in December. The calendar is now midway into March, and the last time the team won back-to-back games was around Christmas time.…

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Wizards start strong, hold on to beat Magic

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The Orlando Magic worked hard and made some key plays in the middle portion of the game on Friday night, but the Washington Wizards did them one better. After jumping out to a 19-point lead, Washington was able to hand on and hand the Magic a 94-91 loss at the Amway Center. Nine minutes into the game, Orlando was down 26-7 and risked being run out of their own building. The Wizards, who had not played since Monday, were imposing…

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Newest Magic players begin to find their stride

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When the Orlando Magic lost six of their first nine games to start the season, Coach Frank Vogel would hear the usual questions. What’s wrong with the offense? Is there an ongoing problem with intensity? Another expected question was the one about team chemistry. With three new players and a new coach, is this team coming together? Let’s answer the last one first. The new players did need some time to come together and get used to their new surroundings…

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Nikola Vucevic, Magic search for rhythm

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The shooting touch of one of the NBA’s best shooting centers is missing in action. The Orlando Magic’s reliable Nikola Vucevic is in a major slump. Over the last three games, he has made only five of 32 shots. He has scored only 10 points during that span, which also reveals he is not getting to the free throw line either. The word that comes up among Vucevic and his teammates is “rhythm.” He is struggling so mightily because he…

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Serge Ibaka makes buzzer-beater to knock of Thunder

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Magic fans have been hoping Serge Ibaka would start to play like he was in Oklahoma City. On Sunday night, he did. In his first game back in the arena where he starred for the Thunder, Ibaka had his best game in a Magic uniform by far, scoring 31 points, hauling down eight rebounds and blocking four shots. His final two points came on a nine-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give the Magic a 119-117 win over the Thunder.…

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Cold-shooting Magic crumble at the end; fall to Utah

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Lately the Orlando Magic have suffered from poor starts in losing their last two games by big margins. On Friday night, it was the ending that did in the Magic as they fell to the Utah Jazz 87-74 at the Amway Center. After two blowout losses, Magic Coach Frank Vogel tweaked the starting lineup to insert more defense and hopefully get off to a better start. Jeff Green started in place of Aaron Gordon and the Magic trailed only 42-38…

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Magic still feeling the reality of growing pains

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It has been a week of ups and downs for the Orlando Magic. Following a three-game winnings streak that saw them even their record at 3-3, they have now lost their last two games by big margins, including Wednesday night’s 123-107 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This begs the obvious question: can this team display sufficient mental toughness to match the obvious physical talents needed to be a playoff contender? After their Monday night humiliation in Chicago, it was reasonable…

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