NBA SCHEDULE RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON

With the NBA schedule release for the second half of the season Orlando Magic fans now know one thing for sure: the Magic have it tough! This period will determine if the Magic are a playoff team, joining the play-in tournament or looking at their lottery odds. Time for us to break down what it means for our Orlando Magic. THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON BEGINS - MARCH The Magic schedule for March 2021 Orlando resume after the All-Star break with two difficult road games in Miami and San Antonio on a back-to-back. There is absolutely no let up…

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NIKOLA VUCEVIC NAMED AN ALL-STAR

Last night saw Nikola Vucevic named an All-Star for the second time in his career, being selected as a reserve for the game. There is controversy amongst some NBA fans after both Domantis Sabonis and Bam Adebayo were omitted. However we find it impossible to argue against Vooch's inclusion. Our opinion is that this is a 100% deserved accolade for the most underrated centre in the NBA. We at Orlando Magic UK have only one thing to say...CONGRATULATIONS VOOCH The full announcement by Orlando Magic PR on the Orlando Magic website can be read here.

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PREVIEWING THE NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE 2020-21
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE EASTERN CONFERENCE?

PREVIEWING THE NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE 2020-21

In previewing the NBA Eastern Conference 2020-21 you instantly see it is a much more competitive arena than in previous years of late. It sees the Orlando Magic in a fight to maintain the recent status as a playoff team. So we at Orlando Magic UK are taking a look at our conference rivals. In this preview we will take a brief look at each team.  THE NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE 2020-2021 - TIERS OF TEAMS As it stands this is our take before the season begins on the NBA Eastern Conference 2020-21. It could quickly be changed by any future…

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THE 2020 NBA PLAYOFFS

The 2020 NBA Playoffs are upon us. The Orlando Magic will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round, over a seven game series. All games will be broadcast live and on demand via the NBA League Pass for those that subscribe. Many games will also be shown live on Sky Sports here in the UK. THE 2020 NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE The schedule looks like this and is great for us U.K. fans: TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST 6:30PM - GAME 1 - MAGIC VS BUCKS THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST 11PM - GAME 2 - MAGIC VS BUCKS SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST 6PM -…

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A LITTLE MORE ON THE SEASON RETURN

Carrying on from our posts about the season return (posted June 6th) & the restart schedule (posted June 27) I thought we’d share these with you. The NBA have put out this clear timeline. STAGE ONE OF THE RESTART INTO THE PLAYOFFS EACH TEAM'S SCHEDULE BOSTON TO LA MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX PORTLAND TO WASHIGTON PLAYER UPDATE - BROOKLYN NETS According to Woj the Brooklyn Nets will be seeking replacements to their squad. The Nets have two players tested positive for COVID-19, being DeAndre Jordan & Spencer Dinwiddie. Jordan has already elected not to play in the restarted league & Dinwiddie…

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THE NBA – THE RETURN OF THE SEASON

Get in there! Ater what seems like a lifetime the good news finally came: we will soon have NBA basketball again. THE ANNOUNCEMENT On Thursday afternoon we got the announcement that a plan for the NBA to resume had been passed by the board of governors. The vote was by a majority of 29-1, with Portland voting against the plan as they preferred other options. THE IMPORTANT DATES The plan included teams, dates, location & format but as of yet no schedule. Let’s look at what we now know. Training camps begin June 30thTeams travel to Orlando July 7thThe season…

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COVID-19: WHAT NOW FOR THE NBA?

The NBA has been shutdown since the 11th March & we are no closer to knowing if or how the 2019-20 season resumes. As basketball fans we all crave seeing the Magic back on the court but is it realistic to do so? Let’s take a quick look at what is being talked about online & in the news. The current buzz is around the League being centred within one central location. Vegas was previously mentioned but at this time its centring upon Orlando & Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. There appears to be…

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MAGIC STATEMENT ON THE NBA HIATUS
Orlando Magic's Statement On The NBA Leagues Suspension

MAGIC STATEMENT ON THE NBA HIATUS

This is the statement released by the Magic CEO Alex Martins. It goes without saying that we understand the NBA’s decision & that of the Magic. Reading through Mr Martin’s short statement the points he makes are those to be expected, focusing on the health of fans, Magic employees & players. The NBA have stated that during this hiatus they will be looking at how to move forward, as they put it “the next steps”. As to this I will come to in a moment. Magic Tickets But before that I am going to write firstly about tickets. The Magic…

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CORONAVIRUS SUSPENDS THE NBA INDEFINITELY
The NBA Statement On Suspension

CORONAVIRUS SUSPENDS THE NBA INDEFINITELY

The NBA announced last night that the league is suspended after the Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder game was cancelled shortly before the tip off after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. There are no dates for resumption of the league or plans on how to do so at this point. #MagicAboveAll

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A LOOK AT THE CURRENT 2020 PLAYOFF PICTURE

It is now only 40 days to the playoffs starting so I thought we’d take a quick & fairly simplistic look at the standings across the NBA. The Race Is On! As I reference regularly about the Magic we are firmly invested in the race for 7th or 8th seeding with the Brooklyn Nets in the East. With the gap between ourselves in 8th & those in pursuit it is becoming increasingly difficult to see us being caught. That is not based on an arrogance, just a realism when we consider the position of our closest chasing team, the Washington…

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