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The very challenging road ahead for the Orlando Magic Simple Rating System, a figure intended to filter traditional plus/minus through the lens of strength of schedule, ranks them similarly with a final score of +0.23, an outcome remarkably close to last season's +0.28.

Orlando Magic: 5 questions for the second quarter of the season Orlando got out slow out of the gate. Not slow enough to eliminate them from the playoff race. But slow nonetheless. Enough to raise some concerns. The Magic have found their footing to hold a small lead in the early Eastern Conference playoff race. Nobody is knocking them out of the playoff conversation.

Magic's 'Minister of Defense' Vying for All-Defense Accolades MILWAUKEE - Throughout the season, as Jonathan Isaac has jockeyed with superstar swatter Anthony Davis for the NBA lead in blocked shots, the nearly 7-foot forward has said that he's paid little attention to that statistical category as he's kept his focus on simply trying to make winning plays for the Orlando Magic.

Orlando Magic have found their footing a quarter of the way thru the season And, more importantly, they are 2.5 games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for that final playoff spot a quarter of the way into the season. First, the Orlando Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 100-96 on Sunday at the Amway Center. This would have been a more satisfying win if Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were on the roster.

Magic win fourth straight, 93-87 over slumping Cavaliers CLEVELAND The Orlando Magic spent last season climbing back to relevance. They're at it again. Orlando opened the season 2-6, but in winning five of six, the Magic, who had a 17-game improvement in 2018 after winning just 25 games the previous year, reached.500 for the first time.

Orlando Magic rebuilding their character to get back to playoff level The Magic could again and again. It all culminated on a perfect inbounds pass as Aaron Gordon curled around a Khem Birch screen right in front of the basket for a jam over Tristan Thompson, clinching the game up five points with 19 seconds remaining.

Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac helped Orlando win Friday… Fultz and Isaac made crucial plays late to vault the Magic over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 93-87, and those plays suggest that many more difference-making moments lie ahead for both players.

Orlando Magic Grades: Orlando Magic 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 87 They brought the focus to climb back into it and their defense never really let go, keeping the Cavaliers out of the paint after a difficult first half controlling the glass and keeping a body on Thompson. Cleveland scored only 17 points in the fourth quarter and 40 points for the second half.

Magic 93, Cavaliers 87: Orlando wins fourth straight, gets back to.500 Despite a lack of execution at both ends of the court the Magic handle the Cavaliers as they win their fourth straight.

Fultz Has Been Efficient Inside the Arc CLEVELAND - Some 21 games into the season, Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz has done a lot to clear up many of the concerns about his ability to shoot the ball from distance. Fultz, 21, went into Orlando's game in Cleveland on Friday having made 16 of 31 shots from 10 to 14 feet away from the rim and 13 of 26 shots from 15 to 19 feet away.

Finally seeing real breakthrough signs from Markelle Fultz The ice around the wonderful prospect that we saw in 2017 is beginning to thaw.

Nikola Vucevic Has Started To Do Some Limited Running On The Court Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic is still not ready to play after suffering a right lateral ankle sprain in November. However, Vucevic has started to do some limited running on the court, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Vucevic re-signed with the Magic on a four-year, $100 million deal in the offseason.

Game 22: Magic at Cavaliers GameThread It's a winnable game for the Magic, who will then embark on a stretch where they play at Milwaukee, then at home for the Lakers and Rockets, followed by a four-game Western road trip. For some pregame reading material, check out our Will Ogburn's story on if Evan Fournier can save the Vucevic-less Magic.

Ranking NBA's Top 10 Shooting Guards So Far in 2019-20 OrlandoMagic.com's Josh Cohen ranks his best shooting guards so far in the early portion of the 2019-20 season. Click through this slideshow for full analysis and rankings.

Orlando Magic 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 87 CLEVELAND - Terrence Ross scored 21 points, Evan Fournier added 18 and Aaron Gordon had a big dunk in the final 20 seconds to lead the Orlando Magic to their fourth straight win, 93-87 Friday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have dropped four in a row and 11 of 12.

Brutal stretch continues for Cavaliers 11th loss in 12 games, amid reports of internal strife and team willing to listen to offers for Love. The 93-87 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night, their third loss to the Magic this season, came without Kevin Love, who was home with the flu.

Magic Coach Defends John Beilein Amid Rumors Of Disconnect With Cavs Players Beilein, however, gained the support of a fellow NBA coach, as Orlando Magic bench boss Steve Clifford recently had some kind words for the 66-year-old tactician. Clifford, of course, knows a thing or two about leading a struggling franchise, having served as head coach of the underachieving Charlotte Hornets franchise from 2013-18.

Cleveland Cavaliers can't quiet the noise, lose to Orlando Magic for third time this season, 93-87 The Cavs lost to the Magic 93-87. It's Cleveland's fifth straight loss and 11th in the last 12. The Cavs took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, playing the best they have in weeks, but then faded late, just as they've done so many other times in tight games this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic: Game preview, start time, television information Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic. When? Where? Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio. Where on my eyeballs? Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass. The Magic are coming into Friday nights game hot after three straight wins over the Warriors, Wizards and Suns.

Can Evan Fournier save the Vucevic-less Orlando Magic? In their darkest moment of the season, light has come from an unexpected place.

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier is putting the league on notice And Fournier has quickly put the entire league on notice, putting up All-Star-level numbers and helping keep the Magic in the early playoff race. Orlando is not where it is without Fournier and he is very clearly the player making the biggest impact through the first quarter of the season.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic, Game 21 preview and listings The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their final game during this six-game homestand against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. When: 7 p.m. Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. TV: FoxSports Ohio. Radio: WTAM 1100 AM; WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM. Online: FoxSports Go apps.

Hollinger: The 2019 draft lottery has been a train wreck. Hollinger broke down why this year's lottery class has been a disaster, but now he looks at the better side of the rookie class.

3 options to boost Orlando Magic offense going forward The Orlando Magic are making modest improvements on what has been an ugly offense so far this season, but there are others things they can do to help. The…

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