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ESPN Poll Shows that Joe Bagodonuts Not Impressed with the Orlando Magic So Far

A wide majority of ESPN poll respondents believe the Orlando Magic's victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals had more to do with the Atlanta Hawks playing poorly than it did with the Magic playing well. It's an example of general NBA fans continuing to deny Orlando agency when it succeeds, writes Ben Q. Rock.

Discussing the Orlando Magic with Dennis Scott

Former Orlando Magic forward Dennis Scott discussed this year's Magic team with OPP. Among the topics covered: using their loss to the Lakers in last year's Finals as motivation in their game this evening, the growth of the three-point shot in the NBA, and the Magic's most important role-player.

Numbers Suggest Matt Barnes is a Poor Fit Alongside the Orlando Magic's Four All-Stars

After 6 games in the Orlando Magic's starting lineup, Matt Barnes has posted impressive numbers. Yet the Magic are 2-4 since coach Stan Van Gundy put him in place of Mickael Pietrus at small forward. OPP examines why he's struggling and offers a solution.

Orlando Magic News for December 7th: Big-Time Recognition, Big-Time Upsets, and More

A national NBA writer speaks highly of the Magic in his weekly NBA column. Plus, where the Magic rank in Basketball-Reference's list of playoff upsets since 1991.

[Ray] Allen brought up an interesting point: Did [Rashard] Lewis test positive before the Eastern...

[Ray] Allen brought up an interesting point: Did [Rashard] Lewis test positive before the Eastern Conference semifinals, in which the Magic beat the Celtics in seven games? Lewis was tested once before the NBA Finals and then again during the Finals. He tested positive for DHEA both times. "When did he take the drug test?’’ Allen asked. "Because if he took the drug test during our series, we’re supposed to be playing in the conference finals.’’

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe (hat tip: CelticsHub)

Review: The Art of a Beautiful Game

3QC reviews The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard's latest book about the NBA.

Happy Birthday, Anthony Johnson!

Wishing happy birthday to Anthony Johnson, the Orlando Magic's backup point guard who is, according to recent reports, unhappy in Orlando.

Orlando Magic Media Day: J.J. Redick

A partial transcript of J.J. Redick's comments during Orlando Magic Media Day 2009.

Nelson: "I was nowhere near 100 percent" during the NBA Finals

Jameer Nelson tells Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel that he was not anywhere near 100% during the NBA Finals, but GM Otis Smith says he does not regret his decision to let Nelson return from a long layoff due to shoulder surgery.

Orlando Magic News for September 25th: New Research on the "Up-3" Fouling Debate and Shot-Type Efficiency; an Optimistic Power Ranking; and More

Our look at today's Magic news includes, among other items, novel research into two fields: whether it's a good idea to foul when up by 3 and shot-efficiency adjusted by position.

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