JAN 3 BOL BOL TO H&S PROTOCOLS
Orlando Magic big man Bol Bol will be away from the team for a period of time after he entered the league’s health and safety protocols, according to Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel.
Bol, 23, is enjoying a breakout season with the Magic, averaging a career-best 12 points per game.
There is reason to believe this will keep Bol out of Wednesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
JAN 2 DONOVAN MITCHELL SCORES 71
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell became the seventh player in NBA history to score 70+ points in a game as he leads his team to a overtime win against the Chicago Bulls.
The last time a player scored 71 in a game was back in 1994 when San Antonio Spurs Hall-of-Famer David Robinson accomplished the feat.
DEC 28 MOE WAGNER, KILLIAN HAYES EJECTED AFTER BRAWL
Shortly before halftime between the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons game Wednesday night, an argument that resulted in a pair of ejections took place.
Pistons guard Killian Hayes tried to chase a ball going into the backcourt, but Magic center Moe Wagner tried to prevent him from getting to it by using his elbow.
Wagner moved towards the Pistons bench, where words were shared and a punch was thrown by Hayes.
DEC 26 FRANZ WAGNER NOMINATED FOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Orlando Magic wing Franz Wagner found himself receiving another Player of the Week nomination for the Eastern Conference.
While the award was ultimately handed to Toronto Raptors big Pascal Siakam and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Wagner has consistently been among the finalists for the honor each week.
Wagner averaged 21.7 points per game this week as the team went 2-1.
DEC 25 LAKERS LOSE ON XMAS AHEAD OF MAGIC MATCHUP
The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to central Florida with frowns on their faces after the team’s fourth straight loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day.
The team is struggling tremendously without Anthony Davis in the lineup and players outside of LeBron James are struggling to produce.
The Lakers face the Magic Tuesday at 7 pm at Amway Center.
DEC 24 DWIGHT HOWARD JOINS ‘SPECIAL FORCES’
Former Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard is among the celebrities cast on a new show titled “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.”
According to the show’s website, celebrities take on demanding training led by an elite team of ex-Special Forces operatives.
The show premieres Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8 pm on FOX.
DEC 19 JOHN COLLINS PLANS RETURN VS. MAGIC
The Orlando Magic’s job to extend its winning streak against the Atlanta Hawks may be a little more difficult tonight.
According to ESPN, John Collins is expected to return after spraining his ankle on Nov. 30 against – also against the Magic.
Collins is averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
DEC 18 ANTHONY DAVIS OUT FOR A MONTH
The Los Angeles Lakers will be without All-Star Anthony Davis for at least a month, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Davis is enjoying arguably the best season of his career, averaging 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Lakers this season.
The Lakers visit Orlando to play the Magic on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
DEC 17 JAYSON TATUM OUT VS. MAGIC
Boston Celtics star and MVP candidate Jayson Tatum will not play Sunday against the Orlando Magic due to personal reasons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Tatum scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Friday’s loss against the Magic. He’s averaging 30.2 points per game this season.
DEC 15 STEPHEN CURRY OUT ‘A FEW WEEKS’
The Golden State Warriors are expected to be without reigning Finals MVP Stephen Curry for “a few weeks,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Curry exited Wednesday night’s loss against the Indiana Pacers.
The Orlando Magic face the Warriors in San Francisco on Jan. 7, where Curry’s status is up in the air.
DEC 14 RJ HAMPTON TO LAKELAND
Orlando Magic guard RJ Hampton requested an assignment to the G League, and the team has granted it.
Hampton has struggled to see minutes in Orlando, especially after the returns of Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony from injury.
Hampton is expected to region the team Sunday on the road against the Boston Celtics.
dEC 4 TRAE YOUNG, NATE MCMILLAN FEUD FORMING?
Following the Atlanta Hawks’ win against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, All-Star point guard Trae Young began experiencing shoulder soreness.
According to The Athletic, Young and head coach Nate McMillan had an exchange during Friday’s shootaround that led to the All-Star not attending their game against the Denver Nuggets that evening.
McMillan said that Young did not play Friday due to a “miscommunication” but that the two had come to an understanding before Sunday’s practice. Young participated in practice and will play Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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