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  1. MagicJED

    Magic @ Raptors - Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 P.M.

    Well, after Game 2, we suddenly started dropping our heads. In every game since, all but 2 players get discouraged and they stop playing the way that works. The injuries have definitely been been critical blows. Vuc is our offensive leader and AG is the best matchup mismatch vs. Toronto. While we are in a bad position, there is no reason for our guys to embarass themselves trying to play hero ball. We needed to stay together and chip away while relying on our defense. But, even with the odds heavily in Toronto's favor, several of our players mailed this one in at halftime. Sure, our studs MF and JI did what they could. Even DJ, Fournier , and Ross to a point , did okay. But, for the guys who have not been in rhythm and the players who should have been chomping at the bit to play should have been ready to give everything and use the extra minutes to get it going. They are better than we saw tonight by far. Embarrassed might be a little harsh, but this game was rough for too many players . They should at least feel that they missed an opportunity and they weren't good enough to play on a playoff tea. Hopefully, these injuries are not bad as some of us fear and we can put this game behind and find a way to win the next few or at least not fall way under .500 again.m
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    Magic @ Raptors - Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 P.M.

    We do have a mental block against the Raptors. In the playoff series, they were clearly the better team. Our guys need to remember that neither team is the same team we were then. We need to say enough is enough and say that not matter what happens, we can not let them outwork or outhustle us. We should be embarrassed.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 P.M.

    Can someone tell David Steele that it's VanVleet. I know that VanFleet sounds like it should be his name, it isn't. We need to play team ball to have a chance. We have to give 100% effort and play smarter. We don't have the firepower to make up for wasted possessions.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 P.M.

    If I am being honest, I would start Birch in the 3rd. You tell him that this is his chance to show us how much he has grown, especially on the defensive end. Just hope that something starts to click with him and Fultz. Not sure why Cliff won't let Iwundu play, when we know that he can help the bench when they are so off.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 P.M.

    Cliff is trying to make a statement, but I am not sure what it is. Any possibility the Cliff wants something down about Bamba, and the FO disagrees (wants him to play)? We need to demote Bamba and get help or play Birch. How does Toronto have so much skilled dept?h
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    Magic Vs. Wizards - Sunday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 P.M.

    Gordon is the only starter not playing well during this stretch. He is only interested in trying to get his that he is not staying in the flow of the offense and not scoring because of it. People who have bashed the Fournier and Vucevic pairing who also thought AG would be an All-Star for us are looking pretty sill. AG is going to be blocked from DPOY by his own teammate in JI! LOL If he would just play like a good teammate instead of just stop the lip service if he's not going to live up to what he says. He might actually be the odd man out in a trade. AG just needs to focus on his defense, stay within the offense, and stop forcing fadeaway jumpers. Hope Cliff sees that Iwundu is better for the second unit than the DJ/MCW pairing. Wes is a much bigger threat on offense and he doesn't have to gamble like MCW. Not saying to cut him, but he should not play over Iwundu. MCW is the 3rd PG and he should be used like one and he can be a 11th man who doesn't need a warm up to defend in special situations. Iwundu can really help the 2nd unit, and once he plays enough to get in a rhythm things will run smoother.
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    Magic Vs. Wizards - Sunday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 P.M.

    We don't need to help DJ with Ish. Stay on the shooters and we win.
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    Magic Vs Spurs - Friday, Nov. 15th at 7:00 P.M.

    I know people love to hate him here, but Fournier was the most important player tonight. His late shots won that game. Glad to see a Aminu have a good game with Isaac out. And, TRoss was more of the player we n eed. What can you say about Fultz? He is the future PG for us, and even though we have only scratched the surface with him, he is a star in the making. Bamba simply doesn't have it and is definitely going to be a much longer project than anticipated. I still think that we could use DeRozan because he's far more consistent and we could use more scoring (without giving up Fournier or Ross). Despite the good game tonight, we can get rid of Aminu or Bamba because we will have Okeke going forward and we also have Iwundu & Birch who another team might be able to use more than us.. Then, if we're decent, our draft picks won't be great so if we put a top 5 protection on a pick it would be a good piece for a team like the Spurs who drafts well. Not sure exactly how we would play, but we would greatly improve our offense without hurting the defense. DeRozan gives us some name recognition that could attract the vets that put a good team in position for deep playoff runs. If we have a real shot at him, we need to try. Would love to get DRuss or something, but I don't see him leaving California again. DeRozan is the kind of star we could get.
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    Magic Vs Spurs - Friday, Nov. 15th at 7:00 P.M.

    An offense /defense thing
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    Magic Vs Spurs - Friday, Nov. 15th at 7:00 P.M.

    Ross needs to come out with the trouble he has getting around screens orn D.
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    Magic Vs 76ers - Weds., November 13th at 7:00 PM

    We have the ability to and occasionally we grind out games. Unfortunately, that has not been the case this season. Tonight is the first time this year that we pulled it out. If Ross and Fournier miss those 3's we would have had difficulty. We can't just start chucking 3's once we lose the lead late in games like we did in the 3rd because we dug a dangerous hole. He won't get much credit by Augustin was the catalyst that got us back in the game in the 3rd and he gave found the 2 shooters in the 4th who built the lead. MCW gets most of the credit, but tonight it was DJ. Tonight excepted, we have not finished well, and a bunch of the problems are because we let teams stay too close. Their are parts in games where we need to grind it out on defense so that we can increase or maintain leads. Having a 2 minute dropoff on offense (usually because we go 3 point happy and miss) and losing 10 point leads is unacceptable. We are just not a great offensive team, so we have to win other areas of the game to secure victory. I'm glad that we fought enough tonight, but it needs to become a habit again. It's clear that our guys don't like grinding out games when we are not making shots. But, it's something that we need to learn to love in order to win when the playoffs roll around. Habits like that are one reason you want vets. But, either way, do it in the regular season is what develops that hunger and aggressiveness. We have done well during the stretches we grind out games, but we leave several opportunities on the floor every season because we weren't ready early or even late in games.
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    Magic Vs 76ers - Weds., November 13th at 7:00 PM

    We don't seem to have a team that is willing to grind out games even though our lack of talent requires it, Our guys are not as good as they act.
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    Magic Vs 76ers - Weds., November 13th at 7:00 PM

    Ross commits silly fouls when we're about to get a stop pretty often.
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    Magic Vs 76ers - Weds., November 13th at 7:00 PM

    We are 3 point happy and going 1v1 now that we are leading. That is a horribly bad habit we have to stop. This is where a DeRozan makes big shots or draws the defense.
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