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Magic Tweet of the Day
Forget the refs for now, this pass from LeBron was ridiculous. Sorry AG, you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dwyane Wade looked in disbelief and was smiling as he went up for the lay-up....
Hold on a DAMN SECOND. LeBron James just no-look, behind-the-back nutmegged Aaron Gordon. Holy pic.twitter.com/i3R4DAjdjf— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 19, 2018
After being down by 23 points, the Magic took their first lead with 30 seconds remaining. They were then the victims of a questionable call.
The foul call on Shelvin Mack led to one of the most frustrating losses of the Magic’s disastrous season, writes Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Arron Afflalo was suspended for two games for fighting with the Timberwolves’ Nemanja Bjelica, Robbins writes.
Prior to Thursday’s game, Frank Vogel said that Khem Birch would remain in the rotation, Robbins writes.
Video of Elfrid Payton discussing his final shot, courtesy of FOX Sports.
The Magic knew the Cavs would have extra motivation on Thursday, Denton writes.
Denton also writes of Afflalo’s suspension, potentially moving Jonathon Simmons back to the bench, and an update on Terrence Ross.
Elfrid Payton, despite missing a potential game-winning lay-up, earned a ‘B+’ for his aggressive and assertive performance against the Cavs in the nightly grades column by Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily.
Khem Birch shined in his first real NBA opportunity, Rossman-Reich writes.
Zach Lowe of ESPN writes that David Steele and Jeff Turner are emerging as one league’s best all-around broadcast teams, praising their “Is This Anything?” segment. He also writes of Shabazz Napier, saying “You could make a decent team from guys the Magic lost for nothing over the last five years.”
After nearly blowing a 23-point lead, LeBron James said the Cavs are in “strugglesville,” writes Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation.
The Cavs just barely managed to hold off the Magic, writes Chris Manning of Fear the Sword.
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