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Tired Magic Team Falls to the Dominate Bulls

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The Orlando Magic (19-31) were beaten 128-109 on Saturday night when the Chicago Bulls (23-26) arrived for their 2nd meeting with the Magic. The Magic failed to bring the necessary defensive intensity to have any chance of victory. They did make a valiant effort late in the game with their reserves, but it was too little, too late.

“Sometimes it falls down to taking the easy route in some ways,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “When it’s hard, you want to kind of just catch and shoot, not share the basketball. The guys were trying. They were moving the ball early on; we just weren’t making shots.

 

©sportsclubflorida.com | Tramayne Wright | 32 Points, 8 Assist, and 2 Rebounds

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©sportsclubflorida.com | Tramayne Wright | 26 Points, 6 Assists, and 13 Rebounds

The Bulls took advantage of a fatigued Magic squad in the first half, which had returned to Orlando late Saturday morning following their defeat the night prior against the Miami Heat. At halftime, the Bulls had a 13-point lead.

For the third quarter, Chicago built up a sizable lead, having a 25-point advantage with only a few minutes remaining.

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Jamahl Mosley, the Magic coach, changed the team’s lineup by putting in Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Admiral Schofield, Bol Bol and Moe Wagner. Wagner ended up with the highest scoring of the five, contributing a total of 27 points as a substitute.

©sportsclubflorida.com | Tramayne Wright | Moritz Wagner 27 points, 3 Assists, and 2 rebounds; outstanding play

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Their mission was to restore the deficit.

The Magic’s five unanticipated reserves kept the game close, shrinking the deficit to just five points with four minutes remaining. Nonetheless, the quintet eventually lost steam and the opportunity slipped away. Perhaps the back to back games are getting to the young magic team but this is something they will have to get used to.

“The consistent thing is the lack of energy,” guard Cole Anthony said. “I don’t know what it is. We’re just gonna have to find some energy because the back-to-backs aren’t going anywhere.-we’ve just got to find some energy. We’ve got to be able to do that for four quarters.”

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©sportsclubflorida.com | Anthony Cole | Front Leader for points for the Magic with 21 points, 6 Assists, and 6 rebounds

©sportsclubflorida.com | Kevyn Bryant II | Anthony Cole | Front Leader for points for the Magic with 21 points, 6 Assists, and 6 rebounds

Wagner brings the magic some much needed momentum before the final quarter immediately putting the magic 90-98 with 10:22 left in the 4th but this wasn’t enough. The Bulls ended the game with a strong 17-3 run in the last four minutes.

LaVine and DeRozan both scored 32 points each, topping the leaderboard for scoring. Vucevic added 26 points and collected 13 rebounds.

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When Monday night comes, the Magic will be back on the court as they journey to Philadelphia to battle James Harden, Joel Embiid, and the Sixers. The start of the game is set for 7 o’clock.

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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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Paul George

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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