Southeast Division

Washington Hopes Brooks is First Step in Rebuilding Process

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Washington is attempting to make home feel even more familiar for the biggest star preparing to enter free agency this summer. The Wizards wasted little time in naming Scott Brooks the 25th coach in franchise history, signing him to a five-year, $35 million contract before the conclusion of the opening round of the playoffs. Several teams were rumored to be vying …

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Miami Discovering Its Crunch Time Lineup

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The momentum swinging dunk from Chris Bosh came a little later than expected, but the impact provided was just as significant. Following a miserable first half that saw the Heat convert just 38 percent of its attempts from the field, Bosh provided some inspiration with a thunderous dunk as the buzzer to end the second quarter sounded. After a review, …

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Fournier Delivers Clutch Basket for Orlando

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ORLANDO- A pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining put the Magic down by a single point. The minuscule deficit was magnified as the Magic offense had stalled in the fourth quarter, posting just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field during the first eleven plus minutes of the period. Houston had clamped down defensively, as Dwight Howard …

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Filling Out a Wish List for the Middle of the Pack

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Christmas is just a week away and while families gather to celebrate, the NBA offers a five game slate to provide entertainment throughout the day. Ten teams, each equipped with plenty of star power, will take centerstage on the biggest day of the basketball year. The most intriguing match-up features the two teams that battled in the NBA Finals last June, …

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Magic Avoid Collapse to Hand Toronto First Loss of Season

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Orlando wasn’t about to let another game slip away. After falling four times in its first five games of the season — by a combined total of 14 points with two losses coming in overtime — the Magic needed a spark to dropping another game to Toronto. The spark came following a lethargic start to the third quarter, as Orlando’s nine point …

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Scott Skiles Named Coach of the Orlando Magic

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Orlando ultimately decided the best way to move the team forward was to reach into its past. After firing its coach mid-season, then completing the year with an interim coach, Scott Skiles was appointed to the position, once again expected to lead a young Magic squad. 

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Negated 3-Pointer Helps Hawks Clinch Series

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It appeared Washington had extended its season for another five minutes. Once again, Paul Pierce had delivered at the optimal moment, as his step-back 3-pointer appeared to tie the game at 94, briefly extending the season into overtime for the Wizards. Atlanta was deflated, as it blew a 10 point advantage with nine minutes remaining. 

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Miami Losing Its Grasp on the Eastern Confernece

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The team that was perched atop the Eastern Conference for the past four years is now clawing for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. A return trip to the NBA Finals appeared to be an uphill battle, especially since the Heat would have to go through the rebuild Cavaliers, anchored by LeBron James, the player that defected from …

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Orlando Establishing a Defensive Identity

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In its first appearance following the All-Star break, the revamped Magic proved to no longer be a push over. Instead of surrendering easy baskets, inflated point totals and allowing a parade of 3-pointers, Orlando clamped down defensively. 

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Magic Part Ways with Jacque Vaughn

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The massive rebuilding effort in Orlando will continue without coach Jacque Vaughn. Midway through his third season with the Magic, he was let go Thursday afternoon following a slow start to the season. Assistant James Borrego has been appointed as the interim coach, but the team has already been linked to several other candidates as it was leaked to the media …

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