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Shell-shocked. Magic eliminated by Cavaliers in Game 7 despite Banchero’s stellar effort

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Paolo Banchero speaks to media after Game 7 Elimination (Photo Courtesy of: Orlando Magic)

The Orlando Magic entered Game 7 of their showdown versus the Cavaliers without a single road win by either squad. With exception to Paolo Banchero, every other notable Magic player had shot significantly worse on the road as opposed to on their home floor in the first six games. Unfortunately for Orlando, the trends would continue with Cleveland bouncing the young visiting team in Game 7, 106-94, bringing an end to the Magic’ season.

Paolo Banchero had another superstar performance, finishing the game with 38 points and 16 rebounds, though he had to put up almost 30 shots to get there. Banchero shot almost 10 percent better on the road leading up to Game 7, but from the beginning of Sunday’s game, there were indicators that Paolo felt he had to do most of the work himself. Banchero finished 10 of 28 from the field, well below his FG average of 53% in the first six games. He did more than his share of getting to the free throw line, hitting 15 of his 18 attempts from the stripe.

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It was still not enough. Basketball is a team sport. The player Orlando needed to step up most in Cleveland on Sunday, Forward Franz Wagner, had his worst game of the Playoffs by far. Wagner shot just 1 of 15 from the field including missing all 5 of his three-pointers. He managed 4-4 at the free throw line during the late game, but at that point the momentum and control of the game overall had swung too heavily toward the home court Cavaliers.

Magic Guard Jalen Suggs was banged up the entire game, noticeably limping at times, yet added 10 points and a couple key turnovers during the more competitive middle of the game. Surprisingly, the Magic managed to blow the game despite having a 53-43 lead at the half and holding as much as an 18 point lead at one point. The major differences without a doubt were the total absence of Wagner and the huge disparity in points in the paint, with Cleveland almost doubling the production of the Magic down low.

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On the Cavs’ side, Donovan Mitchell had another stellar game, struggling at first but ending with a game high 39 points on 11 of 27 shooting to go with 15 of 17 at the free throw line. Mitchell dominated the second half and when the dust settled, Mitchell had just enough help on his side to outlast Banchero, who ran out of steam near the end of the game. Cavs’ Center Evan Mobley snatched 16 rebounds alot of which were clutch in the late game to go with 11 points. Also worthy of a mention was Cleveland Guard Caris LeVert who played excellent off the bench to notch 15 points for the Cavs.

Missed opportunities. Poor second half shot selection. Not enough of a down low presence. These things doomed the scrappy upstart Magic and will be a focus for them in the offseason. Hard to make it the headline after a heartbreaking Game 7, but the future will be bright for this roster if the work is done to tweak what went wrong heading into the fall.

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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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