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The Orlando Magic have won and lost consecutive games

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The Orlando Magic’s success continues to come in fits and spurts. The season’s roller-coaster journey continues as the Magic upset the Golden State Warriors (94-90) before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-102 and the Sacramento Kings 114-110 in overtime. Orlando was coming off a victory over the Thunder when they hosted the Golden State Warriors, who were without superstar point guard Stephen Curry. Curry suffered a foot injury against the Celtics a few weeks ago in the second quarter during a collision with Boston guard Marcus Smart. His presents was clearly missed. Orlando led by as much as 13 points over the duration of the first half. The Warriors, on the other hand, were able to trim the margin to eight points by halftime (38-46). The Warriors gained the lead in the third quarter, but the Magic rallied and won the game with a solid defensive performance. The Magic limited the Warriors to 34% shooting from outside the arc and 68% from the free throw line.

Orlando then headed to Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was a vengeance for the Thunder, who had recently lost to the Magic the week before. Once again, the Magic opened the game with a bang. However, the Thunder rallied to take a seven-point lead into halftime (53-60). The Thunder never looked back, eventually winning the game 118-102. Orlando’s offense struggled terribly, shooting just 38% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. All of the Magic’s starters finished in double figures, led by Chuma Okeke’s 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field.

Orlando returns home to face the Sacramento Kings in the week’s final game. This was a game the Magic should have won. The Magic led by as many as seven points with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. However, they were unable to maintain their lead and ultimately lost in overtime. In overtime, the Kings outscored the Magic 9-5.

Despite recent troubles, the Orlando Magic continue to be one of the NBA’s most intriguing teams. Their youthful core of players continues to develop, and they have the potential to evolve into a very good squad. For the time being, they will simply have to work hard and attempt to piece together some additional victories. The Magic will seek to reclaim their momentum when they go to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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