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  1. Old man game is winning in the NBA

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    In the NBA — like in society at large — we have this fascination with youth. Blake Griffin is a YouTube sensation. We all fall in love with the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans obsess over draft picks. But what about the other end of the spectrum — who are the oldest teams in the…

  2. Brandon Bass could be out a while for Orlando

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Brandon Bass has stepped up this season — especially as a starter since the big trades — and been a solid part of the Magic front line. There aren’t a lot of points in the paint left or rebounds to grab when you play along side Dwight Howard, but Bass had averaged 11.6 points and…

  3. LeBron says he’s still motivated by Orlando’s summer comments

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat have already played the Orlando Magic twice — but don’t think he has moved on from this summer’s snide comments by Orlando brass. LeBron’s comments yesterday showed he will be up for Thursday night’s meeting. “The simple fact that it’s a division opponent, that means a lot,” James said.…

  4. Where will Jason Richardson go?

    Feb 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson, Epke Udoh

    Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson is currently in the final season of the six-year, $70 million contract extension he signed in 2004. Since signing that extension, the 30-year old Richardson has carved out a niche for himself as a three-point gunner with good athleticism and the ability to finish at the rim. However, according…

  5. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Stan Van Gundy said Monday night his team is not defending well enough to contend. He’s right. Emeka Okafor’s streak of 306 consecutive games played comes to an end tonight (strained oblique). Six first round draft picks, some name free agents (Al Jefferson), and the 2011 Timberwolves are pretty much the same as the 2009…

  6. Not so fast with those Jason Williams to the Grizzlies rumors

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets

    You know those reports about the Memphis Grizzlies wanting to bring in Jason Williams once the Magic waived the veteran point guard? Well, that part is true, Memphis wants him. The question is does Williams want Memphis? The Grizzlies were going to claim Williams off waivers but he asked them not to and they obliged,…

  7. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  8. Grizzlies in serious talks with Jason Williams

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets

    We were ready to pour out a 40 for the career of Jason Williams, but that guy has more lives than that famous movie Jason with the stylish hockey mask. Just after being waived by the Orlando Magic — where he was buried on the depth chart — he has had talks about joining the…

  9. Derrick Rose has stomach ulcers, could miss games

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    UPDATE 4:00 pm: Rose, it turns out, has two small ulcers, both discovered after a fun day at the hospital. Well, not fun for Rose but the doctors probably thought it was cool to have him there. He’s on medication and his status for Friday will be decided close to game time. Rose spoke with…

  10. Jason Williams has been waived by Orlando Magic

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    jason-williams

    UPDATE 9:41 pm: In a sign that this is the end, the Orlando Magic tonight waived Jason Williams. It would be stunning if anyone picked him up at this point. Williams had missed five games recently due to a personal issue, but he dressed with the Magic on Monday night. However, he did not accompany…

  11. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  12. Nets GM says Troy Murphy did not demand a trade

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Troy_Murphy

    The end result is the same — Troy Murphy is sitting at home waiting to be traded. But Net’s General Manager Billy King wanted to make clear that Murphy did not ask for a trade, as had been reported previously. Well, it was reported that way because that’s exactly what King said. But King now…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When good games are overshadowed by the ‘Melodrama

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Magic Celebrate

    What you missed while reading the story about Deadspin in GQ… Nets 103, Jazz 95: “Melo? We don’t need no stinkin’ Melo” In what in some ways seemed like an anti-climactic game, was “Russian Culture” night in New Jersey. That motivated Andrei Kirilenko who came out fast. But once the game settled down this was…

  14. Phil Jackson thinks the Celtics will win the East

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Legendary coach Phil Jackson has never been shy about using the media to take not-so-sly shots at rival teams, players, and coaches, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop any time soon. In an interview with ESPN 710’s Max Kellerman earlier today, Jackson said that he thinks the Boston Celtics will win the…

  15. Magic GM on Celtics: “They act tough. They’re not really tough.”

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    To borrow a line from Inigo in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word of the day is tough. As in who is tough in the NBA? Magic General Manager Otis Smith does not think the Boston Celtics qualify, as he…

  16. League to rescind one Rondo assist from Monday — because it wasn’t

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo had 13 assists on the score sheet after the Celtics won in dramatic fashion over the Magic on Monday… except he only really had 12. Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated pointed it out this morning (caught first by Mark at Sham Sports): On the Celtics first play of the game Monday night Rondo…

  17. Video: Kevin Garnett saves the day

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    It was a fitting end to the Celtics and Magic — if Kevin Garnett had not been back in this game, the Celtics would not have won. Less for any specific play he made than the different, more intense energy the Celtics have when he is on the court. This was the best game of…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Martin Luther King Day games

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    What you missed while listening to the “I have a Dream” speech… The Lakers defeating the Thunder in a contest that looked a lot like last-year’s playoffs was our game of the night. Celtics 109, Magic 106: Kevin Garnett is back. Is he ever. It was a full slate of 13 NBA games Monday and…

  19. The night that the lights went out in Minnesota

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    Just passing along this video from the Magic/Timberwolves game, where the lights just go out midgame at the Target Center. Is it just me that pictures Johnny from Airplane! sitting somewhere in the rafters, pushing the plugs back together and saying “just kidding.” Then he does his evil laugh.

  20. Kevin Garnett set to return Monday against Magic

    Jan 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic

    The Celtics have been struggling without their defensive and emotional leader, Kevin Garnett, since he was sidelined with a calf injury (which looked a lot worse at first glance). Garnett provides them offensive balance in the post as well as his patented defensive lunacy. He’s been expected back for about a week now, but of…

  21. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  22. Jason Richardson would rather play for the Chicago Blackhawks

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson, Epke Udoh

    Jason Richardson, who has spent his basketball career in such cold-weather climates as Phoenix and now Orlando, grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. And when he was a kid, he wanted to be…. Jarome Iginla? Or maybe Mario Lemieux? He wanted to play in the NHL more than the NBA. That’s what he told the Orlando…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where all good streaks must come to an end

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Willie Green, Emeka Okafor, David West, Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while… why weren’t you watching the Clippers beat the Heat? (That was our game of the night.) Hornets 92, Magic 89 (OT): Orlando’s nine-game win streak ends because they shot just 39.1 percent in this one — not that they didn’t get good looks, they did. The shots just didn’t fall. That…

  25. Heat take over top spot in East, Celtics should be worried

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Last season it was all about Boston being healthy. Doc Rivers sacrificed games — Boston was 11-11 in their last 22 — to get healthy and have players rested for the playoffs. Boston fell to the four seed, but Rivers got the physically ready veteran team he wanted. They came within a quarter of getting…

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