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Magic look to upset Cavs in series deciding Game 7

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Teamwork. Ball movement. Rebounding. These three keys will decide whether the young Orlando Magic can manage to move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals today in Cleveland, Ohio. NBA Game 7 history is rich with career defining performances, and this series will be no different; if Orlando wants to move on, they will need their stars to have monster displays of their abilities.

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The saving grace here may be the evidence the Magic have to date on what works for them versus this Cleveland team. Aggression is mandatory and one of the things that got the Magic to the free throw line nearly three times more than the Cavs in Game 6. Additionally, it’s become clear the Magic look much better when attacking the paint consistently throughout a ball game. During the last game, Orlando scored at almost a factor of 2 to 1 in the painted area, so Coach Jamahl Mosley must direct his squad to be in attack mode all day on Sunday.

The Magic cannot fall victim to their own egos behind the three point line; something alot of modern NBA teams sometimes do in the era of Steph Curry and Dame Lillard firing up logo threes as if they’re layups. Cleveland showed an example of this error in Game 6, missing 13 of 14 from long range in one stretch. A misstep like that from either team during today’s series deciding game could seal their team’s fate, as this is truly a “Win or Go Home” situation.

Paolo Banchero, who is coming off of a career high back in a losing effort in Game 5, needs to show up in a big way and simultaneously manage a way to get Franz Wagner involved early and often. Also key for the Magic, maybe even moreso than any of their own players’ performances, is controlling Donovan Mitchell. The Magic somehow escaped Game 6 with a win despite Mitchell hanging 50 points on them. Some might see the win despite Mitchell’s Herculean effort a good sign, but it would NOT be ideal to allow Mitchell to explode for those numbers again.

Mitchell will certainly get his buckets, but Orlando has to establish physical defense early and keep it until the final buzzer. During the fourth quarter of Game 6, Donovan Mitchell was the ONLY Cavalier to score, notching all 18 of Clevelands points in the final frame and their last 22 overall. On one hand, this points to the team playing great defense on the other four players but on another, more realistic note, it means that Cleveland’s best player was scoring at will. That trend has to change and they only have one chance to change it.

Something has to to give and we will find out who and what that is Sunday afternoon at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The winner will move on to face the #1 Seed juggernaut Boston Celtics.

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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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