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Magic vs. Grizzlies: 5 Important Numbers From Orlando’s 118-88 Win

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Mar 30, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (5) controls the ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson (45) during the second half at KIA Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic put an end to their three-game losing streak on Saturday after coming through with a wire-to-wire victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, 118-88, at Kia Center in Orlando, Florida.

After losing to a trio of Western Conference contender, the Magic finally secured a victory, although against a sub .500 team, to get back on track in their postseason push.

5 noteworthy numbers that stood out from the Magic’s recent game

22 3PTS– the Magic converted 50 percent of their three-point attempts, going 22 of their 44 from beyond the three-point arc. Before these long bomb exhibitions, Orlando shot 10-for-35 vs. the Kings, 10-for-32 vs. the Warriors, and 10-for-29 vs. the Clippers.

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36FG% – Orlando’s defense held the Grizzlies to 36% shooting from the field. They also allowed only 12 three-point conversions throughout the game.

7 Players – The number of Magic players who scored in double figures. Wendell Carter Jr. and Jalen Suggs each tallied 15 points to lead a balanced attack for the home team.

+39 plus/minus rating – Carter Jr. recorded the highest +/- in his double-double performance (15 points and 13 rebounds) vs. the Grizzlies. Paolo Banchero was a +34 after compiling 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists in 30 minutes.

33-point in 1Q – The Magic outscored the Grizzlies 33-13 to build a 20-point lead at the end of the first 12 minutes of play. Orlando sustained their big lead over the next three quarters for an easy win.

The Magic, sitting in fifth place in the East standings with a 43-31 slate, will wrap up their 8-game homestand against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 3.

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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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