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The Orlando Magic were flat offensively and eventually their defense followed in a disheartening loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Locked On Magic 12.29.19: The coin flip bench
The Orlando Magic's bench has been a coin flip this season as injuries ravage the team and Steve Clifford sticks to his plans.
Locked On Magic 12.28.19: Cracks in the buildin...
The Orlando Magic got their resume win in defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. Yet it feels hollow after a near-collapse late.
Locked On Magic 12.27.19: Building a resume win
The Orlando Magic are struggling against teams with winning records as they look to build their resume and solidify their playoff position.
Locked On Magic 12.26.19: Storm clouds on the h...
The Orlando Magic find themselves clinging to a playoff spot at Christmas. But storm clouds on the horizon preview a lot of tough decisions ahead in this playoff battle.
Locked On Magic 12.24.19: Back to defense
The Orlando Magic bounced back with a strong defensive effort to defeat the Chicago Bulls, returning to the defense they need.
Locked On Magic 12.21.19: It's about more than ...
The Orlando Magic finished their road trip with a thud, losing to the Portland Trail Blazers and leaving major questions about their offense.
Locked On Magic 12.20.19: Searching for the Rhythm
The Orlando Magic are struggling to get through the road trip as they face the Portland Trail Blazers. The big thing they are looking for is more solidity on defense and Aaron Gordon's rhythm.
Locked On Magic 12.19.19: This is not the way
The Orlando Magic lost another lead and a game they should have won showing a team that is still reinforcing the lessons from last year.
Locked On Magic 12.18.19: Gravity and Anti-Gravity
The Orlando Magic raced ahead to take the lead. Then Donovan Mitchell took over and showed the Orlando Magic the big thing they don't have.
Locked On Magic 12.17.19: The Trade Deadline Trap
Trading season has officially begun. While the Magic are surely struggling and behind where they thought, waiting might be the best option to make the big move that seems necessary.
Locked On Magic 12.16.19: Welcome Back Vooch!
Nikola Vucevic returned and immediately made an impact as the Orlando Magic outpaced the New Orleans Pelicans.
Locked On Magic 12.14.19: The whole defending J...
James Harden happened. His 54-point game was the whole difference as the Houston Rockets routed the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 12.12.19: Not good enough
The Orlando Magic erased a 24-point deficit to make it a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Digging that hole is the problem for this team.
Locked On Magic 12.10.19: It's all in the details
The Orlando Magic are still trying to get all the details right to defeat the elite teams in the league. Their biggest help on those details might still be a week away.
Locked On Magic 12.09.19: First Quarter Review
The Orlando Magic completed their first quarter behind where everyone thought they would be. Now they have to rediscover who they are.
Locked On Magic 12.07.19: Chasing the Playoff M...
The Orlando Magic are seemingly chasing last year's feeling of success and seeking that playoff mentality. Slowly it is building.
Locked On Magic 12.05.19: Aaron Gordon, the bar...
Aaron Gordon is often the barometer for the team's ball movement and offense. They had him working better than ever in the Magic's win over the Suns.
Locked On Magic 12.04.19: Markelle Fultz at home
Markelle Fultz returned to his hometown and had a career night to help the Orlando Magic get a win. He has found his home again on the court.
Locked On Magic 12.03.19: Al-Farouq Aminu's Abs...
His shooting may have gone sideways this year, but the Orlando Magic undoubtedly are missing Al-Farouq Aminu.
Locked On Magic 12.02.19: What is offense?
The Orlando Magic continue to struggle offensively and it is getting harder to figure out what they are trying to do.
Locked On Magic 11.28.19: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! M...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! The Orlando Magic closed out their road trip Wednesday with a professional win over the Cleveland Cavaliers where Mo Bamba finally showed tangible signs of his progress.
Locked On Magic 11.27.19: A little good news, j...
The Orlando Magic are still reeling from injuries and searching for a road win. But they got some good news on the injury front. Even if it is just a little.
Locked On Magic 11.26.19: Outside the comfort zone
The Orlando Magic struggled to find their offensive footing in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. No one is more out of his element than Jonathan Isaac.
Locked On Magic 11.25.19: Rely on your identity
The Orlando Magic put in a spirited fight in their loss to the Indiana Pacers. Without key players, they will have to rely on their identity even more.
Locked On Magic 11.23.19: Back to Square One
The Orlando Magic will try to piece together their center rotation and their way to play in their first game without Nikola Vucevic.
Locked On Magic 11.22.19: Hold the ship steady
The Orlando Magic got the bad news on Nikola Vucevic. He is out at least a week and probably more -- maybe a whole lot more -- as the team now has to hold itself steady without him.
Locked On Magic 11.21.19: Next Man Up
The Orlando Magic suffered a loss to the Toronto Raptors and injuries to Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. The season might have changed.
Locked On Magic 11.19.19: Chief is a good emerg...
The Orlando Magic took Al-Farouq Aminu out of the rotation after an injury to Jonathan Isaac. They needed him after Isaac's injury and he delivered.
Locked On Magic 11.18.19: Allow Markelle Fultz ...
Markelle Fultz made a big national statement with one play as he posted a career night in the Orlando Magic's win.
Locked On Magic 11.17.19: That Familiar Feeling
The Orlando Magic had a familiar feeling as they defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. The team scrambled and scratched for a win.
Locked On Magic 11.15.19: Magic at the 10-game ...
The Orlando Magic have had a mixed run through the first 10-11 games of their season. A run that has brought some questions, fears and hopes as the second rolls on.
Locked On Magic 11.14.19: Big players in big mo...
The Orlando Magic needed a spark against the Philadelphia 76ers. They found it and their best players stepped up for a major fourth quarter win.
Locked On Magic 11.12.19: Taking Charge
The Orlando Magic's offense is starting to come around. But they have to remain patient and committed to their passing to unlock it fully.
Locked On Magic 11.11.19: Seeking a way to play
The Orlando Magic's defense let them down against the Indiana Pacers. It is clear 10 games into the season, the Magic are still seeking their way to play.
Locked On Magic 11.10.19: This might be offense
The Orlando Magic finally had an offensive breakthrough, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Locked On Magic 11.08.19: Time to get serious o...
The Orlando Magic start a five-game homestand on Friday at a time when the team needs to start banking wins and showing results.
Locked On Magic 11.07.19: Enter Jonathan Isaac
The Orlando Magic came up a hair short against the Dallas Mavericks. But it is becoming clear that Jonathan Isaac is the center of this team's success, at least on defense.
Locked On Magic 11.06.19: Close, but still a wi...
The Orlando Magic continue to do a lot of things right. But the big thing they do wrong is the most important thing. They have to make shots.
Locked On Magic 11.05.19: Manipulating the Defense
The Orlando Magic know there is a lot to work on offensively. Most of it lies in them and their ability to make plays. That is where Markelle Fultz can make a difference.
Locked On Magic 11.04.19: The problems run deeper
The Orlando Magic's offense continues to struggle and a change in the lineup is only the first step to fixing it.
Locked On Magic 11.02.19: Got to be better
The Orlando Magic let go of the rope and got beat up bad by the Milwaukee Bucks with everyone promising they have to be better.
Locked On Magic 11.01.19: A Pro's Pro
The Orlando Magic will rest Mo Bamba and turn to their pro's pro, Khem Birch.
Locked On Magic 10.31.19: Offensive relief
The Orlando Magic finally saw their offense work as they rode a second half wave to defeat the New York Knicks.
Locked On Magic 10.30.19: Jonathan Isaac in the...
Jonathan Isaac found his groove in the Orlando Magic's loss to the Toronto Raptors. How he did it showed off his basketball smarts.
Locked On Magic 10.29.19: Missing the stars
The Orlando Magic nearly gutted out a win against the Toronto Raptors. But their two best players were noticeably absent again in defeat.
Locked On Magic 10.28.19: Make Shots
The Orlando Magic fell to the Atlanta Hawks but nobody seems worried. The solution is simple: make shots.
Locked On Magic 10.26.19: Let's Get Physical
The Orlando Magic prepare for a tough game against the Atlanta Hawks by focusing on increasing their physicality to lock down the board.
Locked On Magic 10.24.19: And so it begins
The Orlando Magic showed flashes of who they can be in a solid win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Locked On Magic 10.23.19: Regular season is her...
The Orlando Magic are eager to open their season and take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their preseason brought plenty of questions they must answer.
Locked On Magic 10.22.19: Orlando Magic's agent...
The Orlando Magic are looking to improve their offense. They will need to rely on their agent of chaos to do so.
Locked On Magic 10.21.19: Preseason is over
The Orlando Magic got a warning from their preseason struggles. But they got to work in practice to prepare for the regular season.
Locked On Magic 10.18.19: The Good and the Bad
The Orlando Magic showed the best and the worst of what they can be in their preseason finale.
Locked On Magic 10.16.19: Previewing the entire...
The Orlando Magic have high hopes for the upcoming season. But getting to all those hopes and dreams will be a big challenge.
Locked On Magic 10.15.19: Cause for Concern
The Orlando Magic got back to practice to try to fine tune things and get themselves back on track.
Locked On Magic 10.14.19: A Pair of Wake-Up Calls
The Orlando Magic were riding high... then they came crashing back to earth and worse this weekend.
Locked On Magic 10.11.19: Let's talk about pace...
The Orlando Magic are hoping to change their offense by picking up their pace.
Locked On Magic 10.10.19: Defense is the backbone
The Orlando Magic rode their top-10 defense to the playoffs. They know they have to do it again and that backbone is strong.
Locked On Magic 10.08.19: Ahead of the curve
The Orlando Magic won another preseason game in convincing fashion and look far ahead of the curve.
Locked On Magic 10.07.19: It's good to be back!
The Orlando Magic came back to the court with a fun-filled, exciting romp over the San Antonio Spurs.
Locked On Magic 10.04.19: T-Mac imparts some le...
Tracy McGrady was at Orlando Magic practice to impart some lessons to the team and work with several players including Jonathan Isaac.
Locked On Magic 10.02.19: First day is not good...
The Orlando Magic got a dose of reality as Steve Clifford tried to keep the team focused and humble after a "fair" first day.
Locked On Magic 10.01.19: Magic are ready to work
The Orlando Magic held their Media Day and the excitement and eagerness for the season were palpable. The team wants to do more and are ready to work for it.
Locked On Magic 09.30.19: Everything has change...
The Orlando Magic enter the season with something new: real playoff expectations. But their approach will not be the same.
Locked On Magic 09.27.19: Lessons Learned from ...
The Orlando Magic are preparing to embark on another season. We look back at the lesson to learn from their playoff series loss.
Locked On Magic 09.25.19: The Fultz is back!
The Orlando Magic announced Markelle Fultz is back for Orlando Magic training camp. The mystery is over.
Locked On Magic 09.24.19: Markelle Fultz mystery
The Orlando Magic have opted to redshirt Chuma Okeke. Meanwhile we all wait for more information on Markelle Fultz's return.
Locked On Magic 09.23.19: Orlando Magic star se...
The Orlando Magic want to grow this season and make noise in the playoffs. To do so, they need a star to bolster Nikola Vucevic's consistency.
Locked On Magic 09.19.19: The future is now for...
The Orlando Magic will need to begin filling out the edges of Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon's game this year.
Locked On Magic 09.17.19: Fultz Hearts, Can't Lose
The Orlando Magic have plenty of excitement for the upcoming season. But they first doubled down on their young guys and put their faith in Markelle Fultz.
Locked On Magic 09.16.19: The Most Under-Apprec...
Adam Papageorgiou joins the podcast to discuss the most under-appreciated players in Orlando Magic history.
Locked On Magic 09.13.19: Overlooked and fighti...
D.J. Augustin delivered the most memorable moment of the season. Yet everyone is still trying to move on from him. Plus Wesley Iwundu could find himself a victim of the Magic's depth.
Locked On Magic 09.11.19: Terrence Ross' next s...
Terrence Ross became a fan favorite and key part of the Magic's playoff run. The next question in his search for consistency begins anew.
Locked On Magic 09.10.19: Achieving goals and s...
The Orlando Magic have indeed hung a banner for their Southeast Division championship. It is a small thing, but a good internal recognition of a great team. To reach that next step, they will need to stay hungry.
Locked On Magic 09.09.19: More FIBA Evan Fourni...
Evan Fournier admitted he was disappointed with his 2019 season. If he played as he has for France, he could be due for a big bounceback season.
Locked On Magic 09.05.19: Growing leadership
Nikola Vucevic has faded into the background for Montenegro as he still learns how to lead. For the Orlando Magic, it is their youth that will make the difference.
Locked On Magic 09.03.19: Injury luck
In 2019, the Orlando Magic certainly benefited from some injury luck. They are not counting on it again and are ready with improved depth to face it.
Locked On Magic 08.30.19: What to expect at the...
The Orlando Magic have four players participating in the World Cup. What should you expect from them and how will the tournament shake out?
Locked On Magic 08.29.19: Foundations and Next ...
Locked On Heat and The Step Back's David Ramil joins us to talk about the foundations the Orlando Magic built, what team they want to be and what happens next.
Locked on Magic 08.27.19: The evolving Khem Birch
Khem Birch had a good showing against Team USA for Canada. But the way he played looked a bit different as he prepares for the NBA season.
Locked On Magic 08.26.19: The key points of the...
With about a month to go before training camp, it is time to sit down with the schedule and identify the key points in the 2020 season.
Locked On Magic 08.22.19: The next stage of Aar...
Aaron Gordon has built his reputation as a versatile defender and growing offensive player. His next step is building his reputation as a versatile offensive player.
Locked On Magic 08.21.19: Regressing to the mean
The Orlando Magic are getting some quiet buzz to make a big playoff leap this year. And that is certainly possible. So too is regressing to the mean.
Locked On Magic 08.19.19: Redshirting Chuma Okeke
The Orlando Magic appear set to redshirt Chuma Okeke. What does this mean and why would it benefit him and the team?
Locked On Magic 08.16.19: The Goals for 2020
The Orlando Magic clearly have the playoffs as a baseline. But to take the next step will take more than just achieving that result.
Locked On Magic 08.15.19: The Eastern Conferenc...
The Orlando Magic hope to make the playoffs again this year and seem in a good position to do it. The East saw shuffling at the top and little change in the middle.
Locked On Magic 08.13.19: The Path back to the ...
The Orlando Magic's schedule is out for the 2020 season. And it sets up well for the Magic to build confidence and return to the playoffs.
Locked On Magic 08.12.19: Jonathan Isaac keeps ...
Jonathan Isaac showed up at the U.S. Basketball Blue-White Game and showed what he can do when he builds confidence.
Locked On Magic 08.09.19: World Cup prep focuse...
FIBA World Cup prep is well underway. The focus for the Orlando Magic will be on Evan Fournier as he tries to get past an admittedly down season.
Locked On Magic 08.08.19: Wild Cards and Jumpers
The biggest wild card for the Orlando Magic is shooting jumpers. Meanwhile we are not talking about another one who is fighting for his spot in the rotation.
Locked On Magic 08.06.19: Of dreams and Dwight-...
The Orlando Magic reached the NBA Finals 10 years ago. It was a wondrous season but not without its share of controversy and second-guessing. We revisit the rise and where it all went wrong with 407Area.com's David Baumann.
Locked On Magic 08.05.19: The Orlando Magic set...
The Orlando Magic are waiting the start of the 2020 season. They seem set for another playoff run. David Baumann of 407Area.com helps us break it all down and look into the future.
Locked On Magic 08.01.19: History watches what ...
The 2019 Orlando Magic have already established themselves as a fan favorite. But how we ultimately view this season will depend on what the team does next.
Locked On Magic 07.31.19: Building the chip cou...
The Orlando Magic's signing of Al-Farouq Aminu was about building up depth... and the chip count to push in.
Locked On Magic 07.29.19: Jonathan Isaac gets h...
Jonathan Isaac got his invitation to Team USA's camp as a member of the selected team
Locked On Magic 07.25.19: Jonathan Isaac and th...
The Orlando Magic re-invested in their previous roster. The only way for them to grow is for their young players to grow and push them up the standings.
Locked On Magic 07.23.19: Nikola Vucevic's lega...
Nikola Vucevic re-signed with the Orlando Magic, but his place among the Magic's greatest players is already set.
Locked On Magic 07.22.19: The margin for error
The Orlando Magic made the playoffs last year and doubled down on their roster to get back. The question is just how much they have reduced their margin fro error.
Locked On Magic 07.18.19: The injury crisis and...
The Orlando Magic have dealt with a lot of injuries in a patient manner. A new report explains the context.
Locked On Magic 07.17.19: Way-too-Early Predict...
The NBA offseason is beginning to settle and everyone is looking ahead to the 2020 season. So why not think about how it might end already.