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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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Magic comes alive in fourth quarter to stun Wizards

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The Orlando Magic wanted to win Saturday night’s game. No, they REALLY wanted to win because it showed. The result was a fourth quarter comeback for an 88-86 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards. Washington had a chance to win at the end after Nikola Vucevic missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining. Thankfully, Markieff Morris missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer. It was the only Magic defensive breakdown of the quarter. Sometimes, offense is needed to get…

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New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

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With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

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Channing Frye, Magic shoot lights out again to swat Hornets, 113-98

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The Orlando Magic are looking more like a playoff caliber team every day. For the second consecutive game, they put on a shooting exhibition, this time drilling the Charlotte Hornets, 113-98. All five Magic starters scored in double figures led by the rejuvenated Channing Frye’s 17 points. Frye, the much heralded but disappointing forward out of Arizona, had his second straight strong performance for Orlando. He was 5 for 7 from the field, all three-pointers, as he followed up his…

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Magic pose many challenges for new coach Scott Skiles

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The Orlando Magic open the 2015-16 NBA season at home against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Realistic expectations do not envision the Magic playing basketball into late May. Fans would be happy with breaking even. Since parting ways with Coach Stan Van Gundy after their playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers in 2012, there has been little to cheer about at the Amway Center. For those fans demanding Van Gundy’s ouster at the time, the message is clear; be…

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