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PAOLO UNLEASHED | MAGIC DEFEAT CELTICS!

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On Monday night, the Magic was victorious against the NBA’s top-ranked Boston Celtics, scoring 113-98 in front of their home supporters.

The Boston were unfortunate to have to face the Orlando Magic again this season. On Monday night, the Magic pulled away late to claim a 113-98 victory and move to 3-1 against the team with the best record in the league. No other team has as many wins against the Celtics in this season, and the Magic are the first to take the season series.

The Celtics have not had much luck against the Magic this season, for a few different reasons – the primary one being that they have faced them with a shortage of players. At least one starter has been absent in all four matchups, and in three of those, multiple starters were absent.

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PAOLO POWER

Though health is an important factor, another reason the Magic have been able to defeat the Celtics this season is due to the outstanding play of Paolo Banchero. The Rookie of the Year candidate has had several impressive showings against the Celtics, most notably his 31-point effort in the Magic’s victory on December 18th, which is the second-highest-scoring game of his career.

On Monday, Banchero had a standout performance with 23 points and five rebounds while shooting 7-of-13. He demonstrated a lot of his offensive abilities, such as his speed to take Al Horford off the dribble, his strength to gain nine free-throws, and his athleticism in transition. Additionally, he shot from behind the arc on the catch.

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Banchero’s outside shooting stood out the most during this performance, not only because of the 3-of-5, but also due to the remarkable statistic. In his four games against the Celtics, he has been 14-of-25 from 3-point range (56 percent).

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ISAAC RETURNS

At long last, Jonathan Isaac’s comeback finally happened at the 7:00 minute mark of the opening quarter. Isaac made his return to the NBA for the first time in 904 days. The 2017 first round pick compiled 10 points, three rebounds, and two steals in the 10 minutes he spent coming off the bench. Fans of the Orlando Magic gave him a standing ovation when he entered the game.

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GAMEOVER CELTICS

The Celtics, ranked 5th in the NBA for ball security, had 18 turnovers that resulted in 24 points for the Magic off of fast breaks.

In the second quarter, Boston fell behind by a significant margin, but they eventually mounted a comeback with a 16-1 run. Nonetheless, Orlando managed to finish the game strong and take the victory.

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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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