Each morning we will gather Magic content from around the web and deliver it to you. Consider it one-stop shopping for all Magic headlines. But first...
Magic Tweet of the Day
Bismack Biyombo went from getting dunked on to dunking on others...
An NBA first!— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 2, 2018
Sent to the graveyard and resurrected in the same game
Official, Bismack Biyombo: LIVES!
And did Elfrid Payton's hair really lead to this airball?
Elfrid Payton airballs the floater because he can't see the rim through his hair pic.twitter.com/l9GfGG5daC— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) January 2, 2018
The Magic, thanks in part to poor late-game execution, fell to the Nets, 98-95.
We listed a New Year's Resolution for each member of the Magic's core, few of which they stuck to in their 2018 opener.
With their loss to the Nets, the Magic offered no reason to believe that 2018 will be any better than the final few months of 2017, writes Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
In his Magic notebook, Robbins writes of the renewed friendship between Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, D.J. Augustin's dunk at shootaround and the Magic spending New Year's Eve in New York.
Orlando fouled too often down the stretch and got very little from its disjointed offense late in their loss to the Nets, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
Jonathan Isaac can find motivation in the journey of Aaron Gordon, who also suffered an injury his rookie season, Denton writes.
Evan Fournier could not find a rhythm and did not pick his spots well, earning a 'D' for his performance against the Nets in the nightly grades column by Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily.
After a disastrous 2017, 2018 will be a year of change for the Orlando Magic, Rossman-Reich writes.
"Visiting Hezonja Island" is one of 18 New Year's Resolutions for 2018 listed by Jason Concepcion of The Ringer. (Side note: I continue to be amazed by some of the national media's intrigue in Hezonja after a five-game sample. I am not against giving Hezonja more minutes to see what he can do, but it seems some are just looking at five games worth of numbers and not actually watching the games to see his flaws)
Elfrid Payton airballed a floater in the paint because his hair blocked his vision, writes Andrew Salmi of ClutchPoints.
The Nets grinded down the stretch to defeat the Magic, writes Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.
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