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Magic Tie Longest Losing Streak Since 2006

After another loss last night to the New York Knicks (23-10), the Magic (12-21) have officially tied their longest losing streak since early 2006. Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to help the Knicks come back from a horrible start. Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson put up 29 points apiece, while Nik Vucevic had 11 points and a whopping 18 rebounds. As a team, the Magic made 11 of their first 13 shots, giving them a 12 point lead in the first quarter. They have continually posted decent performances that have been spoiled by the inability to close out at the end of games. The Knicks outscored the Magic 33-17 in the final quarter of play. Amare Stoudamire started the 14-6 Knicks run with a 3-point play at the beginning of the 4th.

J.J. Redick had another sub-par game, missing 6 3-pointers and not contributing significantly in any other statistical category. He is a big part of Orlando’s offensive arsenal and if he continues to stay cold then the Magic will continue to get outscored in the 4th quarter. His +/- was -27, the worst of any player on the court last night. Without E’Twaun Moore, Glen Davis, Al Harrington, and (to a lesser extent) Gustavo Ayon, the Magic are finding themselves in an incredibly difficult situation. A few weeks ago, the 8th seed did not seem like a completely unreasonable goal for the streaking Magic, but now it seems like a pipe dream. At the moment, we have the 6th worst record in the league and are 4 games behind the 8th seeded, Boston Celtics.

The Magic’s next game is against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. The game is a road game and will broadcast at 10 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for a new week of the Crystal Ball predictions game and congratulations to this weeks winners: Timothy Williams, Justin Dewberry, and Jason Rink!

Boxscore: Magic vs Knicks 1/5/2013

NEW YORK KNICKS (23-10)
                                         FIELD GOALS                          REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
C. Anthony F 45:01 14-29 4-9 8-9 +7 2 4 6 6 3 1 1 0 0 40
M. Camby C 13:05 1-1 0-0 0-0 -15 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 2
T. Chandler C 36:29 6-6 0-0 2-4 +14 5 7 12 2 1 0 1 1 0 14
R. Brewer F 16:34 1-4 0-2 0-0 -15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Kidd G 34:50 5-10 5-8 0-0 +12 0 8 8 7 5 2 1 0 0 15
J.R. Smith 31:19 8-18 0-4 2-3 +20 0 6 6 2 5 2 0 0 0 18
A. Stoudemire 16:57 3-7 0-0 5-5 0 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 0 2 11
P. Prigioni 13:33 2-6 1-3 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 5
C. Copeland 04:08 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
S. Novak 28:04 2-6 2-6 1-1 +26 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
K. Thomas DNP – COACH’S DECISION
R. Wallace DND – SORE LEFT FOOT
J. White DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 42-88 12-33 18-22 9 31 40 24 19 7 8 1 4 114
47.7% 36.4% 81.8% TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8
ORLANDO MAGIC (12-21)
                                         FIELD GOALS                        REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
D. Jones G-F 24:05 4-8 0-2 0-1 +13 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 8
A. Nicholson F 13:46 5-6 0-0 1-1 +14 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 11
N. Vucevic C 36:38 5-12 0-0 1-1 -1 6 12 18 2 4 1 2 1 0 11
A. Afflalo G-F 38:13 10-14 2-3 7-9 +6 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 0 0 29
J. Nelson G 40:06 10-20 5-9 4-4 -8 0 3 3 8 4 1 3 1 0 29
J. McRoberts 29:59 1-5 0-0 0-0 -18 5 5 10 5 4 0 1 0 1 2
H. Turkoglu 18:11 0-5 0-2 1-2 -13 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
J. Redick 27:38 3-10 3-9 0-0 -27 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 9
I. Smith 04:24 2-4 0-1 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
M. Harkless 07:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
G. Ayon DND – RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION
E. Moore DND – SPRAINED LEFT ELBOW
K. O’Quinn DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 41-85 10-26 14-18 12 33 45 23 19 5 13 4 1 106
48.2% 38.5% 77.8% TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14

The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

Magic vs Knicks: Game Predictions

In their last home game before a 4 game road trip, the Magic will host the New York Knicks tonight at 7 p.m. EST. The Magic have lost their last 7 games, the majority of which were against relatively weak teams. This is their longest losing streak since February 22nd, 2006, when they snapped an 8 game losing streak. The Knicks have also slowed down recently, dropping 5 of their last 9 games.

Against the Bulls on Wednesday night, the Magic nearly pulled it out with a late 4th quarter run, but they came up short in the final minute. Nik Vucevic, who continues to make a case for Most Improved Player, had 20 points and 12 rebounds in that contest. Jameer Nelson had one of his best games of the season with 32 points/5 rebounds/4 assists. He missed the final Magic attempt at tying the game on a leaning jumper. The Magic come into Saturday’s contest boasting the 12th best defensive rating and are 10th in rebounding.

The Knicks upset the Spurs 100-83 on Thursday night at MSG. Bringing Marcus Camby into the starting lineup helped to keep San Antonio from finding an early rhythm inside. Anthony notched a solid line of 23 points and 8 boards. This was actually a low scoring output for Carmelo, who is averaging 33.8 in his last 9 contests. With Stoudamire now healthy and coming in off of the bench, the Knicks have quite a few offensive tools in their arsenal. People refer to the Knicks as a “defensive-minded team”, but in actuality their defensive rating is only good enough for 17th in the league, while their offensive is 2nd overall.

If the Magic are going to pull an upset tonight, they will need to chase the Knicks off the 3 point line and consistently get buckets on the offensive end of the court. It stands to reason that they should be able to beat the Knicks on the boards, but if they have lulls in their offensive as they have done over their last 7 games, then they won’t stand a chance.

Without further ado, The Magic Word proudly presents another round of the Crystal Ball predictions game! This is the third game of the week, with the Chicago Bulls game going to Justin Dewberry. Remember, the weekly winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS throughout the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboards page. Last time the Magic faced the Knicks, they lost 89-99. The boxscore from that game will be available below the 5 questions as a reference, as will the injury report. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth one point. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point. Correctly guessing the final score for both teams will be worth a total of five points.
  2. How many points will the Knicks score? A correct response will be worth one point. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point. Correctly guessing the final score for both teams will be worth a total of five points.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra 3 points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounds? Correctly guessing the player will net you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of rebound he will net, that is worth an extra 3 points. If two players or more players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then any of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in three pointers made? Correctly guessing the player will net you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of 3 pointers he will net, that is worth an extra 3 points. If two or more players tie for the highest amount of 3 pointers, then any of those players are eligible.

Injuries: Raymond Felton (finger, out), Rasheed Wallace (foot, out), Iman Shumpert(knee, out), Al Harrington (knee, out), Glen Davis (shoulder, out), E’Twaun Moore (elbow, out)

New York Knicks

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Carmelo Anthony, SF 43 11-22 1-4 2-3 1 7 8 2 1 0 3 2 +7 25
Ronnie Brewer, SF 17 1-3 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
Tyson Chandler, C 33 4-6 0-0 4-4 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 3 +19 12
Jason Kidd, PG 32 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 +6 5
Raymond Felton, PG 37 9-23 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 0 2 2 +4 21
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Rasheed Wallace, PF 14 2-7 0-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 4
Steve Novak, SF 20 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 +4 3
Marcus Camby, C 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pablo Prigioni, PG 7 2-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 +1 5
J.R. Smith, SG 32 9-14 2-2 1-2 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 2 +9 21
Kurt Thomas, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Chris Copeland, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
James White, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
41-84 9-24 8-11 6 25 31 15 11 1 9 14 99
48.8% 37.5% 72.7%

Orlando Magic

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Glen Davis, PF 31 5-5 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 3 1 0 2 2 -4 10
Nikola Vucevic, C 36 6-10 0-0 0-0 1 9 10 2 2 0 4 1 -8 12
J.J. Redick, SG 38 7-13 1-3 3-4 1 3 4 7 1 0 4 0 -5 18
Arron Afflalo, SG 38 4-14 2-4 3-5 0 4 4 5 1 0 7 4 -13 13
E’Twaun Moore, SG 39 5-14 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 8 0 1 0 0 -5 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Gustavo Ayon, PF 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 -3 0
Andrew Nicholson, PF 10 4-7 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 +1 11
Josh McRoberts, PF 17 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 2 0 0 0 1 -6 3
Moe Harkless, SF 19 5-7 0-0 0-2 4 3 7 0 0 4 1 0 -2 10
Ish Smith, PG 9 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 -5 0
Kyle O’Quinn, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Jameer Nelson, PG DNP STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING
DeQuan Jones, SG DNP SORE LEFT GROIN
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
37-75 5-14 10-17 9 33 42 28 7 5 20 9 89
49.3% 35.7% 58.8%

The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog

2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Quarterly

The NBA season has officially reached its second quarter and the sample size is now large enough to start forming patterns instead of anomalies. For all of the fantasy basketball owners that didn’t end up with a top 2 pick, we are hoping that our calculated decisions proved to be shrewd. So, without further ado, here is your:

Quarter 1 Fantasy Basketball Breakdown

 League Leaders in major stat categories

  • PPG – Kobe Bryant with 29.3ppg
  • RBS – Anderson Varejao with 14.9rbg
  • AST- Rajon Rondo with 12.9apg
  • STL – Chris Paul with 2.6spg
  • BLK – Larry Sanders with 3.1bpg
  • 3PT – Ryan Anderson with 3.3pg
  • TO (total) – Kobe Bryant with 92
  • Techs (total((dumbest category ever)) – Jermaine O’neal with 7 in only 17mpg

Notes: Every year people think that Kobe is going to decline and every year he proves them wrong. He is currently notching a staggering 38mpg and absolutely stuffing the statsheet in every category. He has the highest usage rate in the entire league, which makes his 47% from the field extremely impressive. Anderson Varejao has surprised everybody by having an outstanding season on the boards. He showed glimpses of greatness last year before falling victim to injuries. Rajon Rondo was competing for the consecutive games with 10+ assist record earlier this season before he entered into a round of fisticuffs with Kris Humphries. The resulting suspension broke his streak of 37 consecutive double-digit assist games, tying for second with John Stockon. Chris Paul leading the steals category barely even deserves a comment, because it couldn’t be less surprising, unlike the next leader. Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks is leading the league in blocks per game at 3.1 in only 23mpg. After an extremely disappointing start to the season for teammate Ersan Ilyasova, Sanders was given increased playing time and proved to be a defensive stalwart in the post. Ryan Anderson is leading the league in 3 pointers per game, which is only surprising in that people were not sure exactly how large his role would be in New Orleans and whether or not he was just a product of Dwight Howard drawing defenses into the paint last year.

Positional Leaders (qualified by the position they play most frequently)

  • PG MVP – Russell Westbrook – 20.8ppg/8.7ast/4.7rb/2stl/3.3TO
  • PG Honorable Mention – Chris Paul – 16ppg/9.3ast/3.5rb/2.5stl/2.2TO
  • SG MVP – Kobe Bryant – 29.3ppg/5.3rb/4.9apg/1.6spg/3.8TO
  • SG Honorable Mention – James Harden – 24.8ppg/4.4rb/5.4apg/1.9spg/4TO
  • SF MVP – Lebron James – 25.4ppg/8.6rb/6.7apg/1.3stl/2.6TO
  • SF Honorable Mention – Kevin Durant – 27.5ppg/8.4rb/4.2apg/1.6spg/3.3TO
  • PF MVP – Carmelo Anthony – 27.9ppg/6.4rb/2apg/.9spg/2.7TO
  • PF Honorable Mention – Ryan Anderson – 18.2ppg/7.6rb/1.4apg/1TO
  • C MVP – Tim Duncan – 17.3ppg/10.3rb/2.4ast/2.5blk/1.6TO
  • C Honorable Mention – Anderson Varejao – 13.8ppg/14.6rb/3.4ast/1.5stl/1.8TO

Notes: I included the honorable mention category because some of these MVP races had very debatable outcomes. Chris Paul is arguably performing just as well as Russell Westbrook. He has less turnovers, is leading the league in steals and is second in steals. I gave Westbrook the nod because he has significantly more points and rebounds per game, while still being close behind Chris Paul in the other categories. Kobe Bryant and James Harden are both top 10 in usage, but Kobe’s stats are slightly better in most categories with a major lead in the scoring department. The most difficult matchup to decide was Kevin Durant versus Lebron James. LBJ is leading in rebounds, assists, and has less turnovers while KD has more points per game and more steals. Ultimately, Lebron has a slightly better statistical impact than Durant when viewed across all categories. Carmelo Anthony is having the best season of his career and was a very obvious choice over all other power forwards. Ryan Anderson is deserving of an honorable mention because of his impact on the 3 point category. Finally, the man who continues to thwart Father Time, Tim Duncan. At 35 years of age, Duncan is averaging a double-double with 2.5 bocks per game in limited minutes. The honorable mention goes to Side Show Andy, who is destroying all competition on the boards at the moment, averaging an astonishing 14.6 rebounds per game.

Awards

  • Rookie Leader – Damian Lillard. The first year player out of Weber State was thrust into the starting role upon being drafted 6th overall this past summer by the Portland Trailblazers. He has responded by putting up 18.9apg/3.4rb/6.4apg. Anthony Davis has been exceptional, but has been injured for a good portion of the season thus far.
  • Most Improved – Jrue Holiday. The UCLA star is having a breakout season that the Philadelphia 76ers desperately need after the departure of Lou Williams and the injury woes of star-center, Andrew Bynum. Holiday is currently averaging 18.4ppg/3.9rb/8.9apg/1.5stls. An argument could be made for James Harden, but I believe the jump in stats from last season to this season are in Holiday’s favors. Favoritism might have factored in as well. I own Jrue Holiday on my fantasy basketball team and the team name is Jruish Holidays.
  • Least Improved – Ersan Ilyasova. In his defense, over the last two weeks he has come back to life and is putting up respectable numbers again. However, the sample size is larger than just those two weeks and in general, the Milwaukee Bucks forward has been underwhelming.
  • MVP – Lebron James. This is hard to type and I’m hoping somebody rips me apart in the comments section for this. Lebron’s numbers across the board are superior when viewed next to anyone else’s. End of story.

Leave your comments below on award categories you think would be a good addition for the Quarter 2 Fantasy Basketball Breakdown!