In The Scrum With Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons speaking to the media about showing up on the defensive end, having the ability to score against any team in the NBA, the impact teammate Patrick Beverly had on the game in Orlando, and the Rockets playoff chances.

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In The Scrum With Tyreke Evans

Kings Guard Tyreke Evans speaking about the importance of making shots down the stretch and how he rates the Kings performance against the Heat on Tuesday night.

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In The Scrum With Alonzo Gee

Alonzo Gee speaking about receiving a spectacular pass from Kyrie Irving, and the Cavs objectives against the Miami Heat.

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In The Scrum With Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving speaking about giving Alonzo Gee a pass off the backboard, having fun on the bench, giving a maximum effort on a daily basis, and the Cavs expectations for the second half of the season.

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In The Scrum With Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker speaking about his late game heroics against the Magic, the importance of being mentally tough, and the team’s development.

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In The Scrum With Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholoson speaking about his development as a player, playing in the Rising Stars Challenge, and what to expect from him in the future.

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In The Scrum Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard speaking to the media about his struggles against Orlando, finding different ways to impact the game,and the advice that was given to him by the team veterans.

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In The Scrum With JJ Hickson

JJ Hickson speaking to the media about Portland’s team defense, the Magic half court offense, and making in game adjustments.

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There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Showtime is back in L.A., but it’s not with the Lakers, it’s with their little sister; the JV team of L.A. – the L.A. Clippers. The Los Angeles Clippers, not the Lakers, are the toast of the town.

Since the Clippers acquired Chris Paul in the 2011 off-season, they are doing something they have not done in their franchise history – win games. Since moving to L.A. in 1984, the Clippers have only had four winning seasons, reaching the postseason only five times in a 29-year span. The Clippers have been in the NBA for many years and finally out of nowhere experience success as a franchise.

Last summer, the Clippers knew they needed more scoring from their bench, so they targeted Jamal Crawford, who received calls from coach Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups and DeAndre Jordan.

When asked about the recruitment of Crawford, Del Negro revealed: “We thought he could come in and take pressure off of Chris (Paul) and the team. He can score the ball. He’s done that his whole career.”

Crawford has put together an unique career. He is one of four players who have scored 50 points with three different teams. He is the NBA’s career leader in four-point plays, he won the Sixth Man Award, and he is the 2000 draft’s career leading scorer. At 32, Crawford is having the most complete season of his career.

As the Clippers’ sixth man, he is averaging 16.3 points a game and playing so well that Del Negro and others believed he should have been named to the Western Conference All-Star team.

When asked about Crawford not making the All-Star team, Coach Del Negro stated: “I’m a little biased, but Jamal has been fantastic for us. He did not make the All-Star team, but he knows what he means to the staff, the team, and me. I was just hoping he would get the nod this year.”

With the ankle-breaking exploits of Crawford, combined with the aerial assault of Griffin and Jordan, combined with the veteran leadership of Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill, the Clippers are in a position to challenge the OKC Thunder as kings of the west.

When asked about the effect he is having on the team and the city, Crawford replied: “When you factor in the winning part of it and the effect I’m having with this team, this is the most fun I’ve had since I played at Rainier Beach. Obviously, L.A. is a Lakers town. The Lakers have all the history but it is rather cool for our fans, which have been there for the tough times, to be able to stick their chests out now and say, ‘The Clippers are playing some good basketball as well.”

Crawford’s lack of post-season basketball, just 23 career playoff games, is the only knock against him. Nevertheless, Crawford is making the league take notice. Crawford’s 16.3 points per game is ninth best of his 13-year career. However, he has never fit better with a collection of players than he does with the Clippers, who are allowing him to play some of the most efficient basketball of his career.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been on and it’s made me a better player,” Crawford said. “I’m right in the middle of a deep, talented group of guys who know what they’re doing.”

Crawford has become one of the off-season’s best signings. He provides the Clippers with scoring and depth.

For the first time in a long time, the leagues are taking the Clippers seriously, and now considered one of the league’s most exciting and complete teams.

In The Scrum With Glen Davis

Glen Davis speaking about Orlando’s inability to close out games, the importance of playing together as a team, and his thoughts about the injury to Rajon Rondo.

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In The Scrum With Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion talking to the media about being persistent during games, the progress of Dirk Nowitzki, and the importance of rest.

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The Reconstruction Era In Orlando

Rebuilding in the NBA is just as natural as the jump shot. Sometimes it can be an easy transition, but other times it could be a nightmare, especially when you do it in the absence of Dwight Howard.

In the aftermath of the three-team trade which sent Howard to Los Angeles, on paper, it appeared that the Magic didn’t get much in return for Howard. Trading away the NBA’s best center, the Magic received Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless, Christian Eyenga and Josh McRoberts.

In terms of star power, Orlando didn’t get much in return, but they did receive players who are scrappy, players who provide leadership, and players who possess an unlimited potential to shine.

In hindsight at 14-25 the trade isn’t looking that bad. Jameer Nelson, J.J. Reddick, and Arron Afflalo have emerged as the leaders on the team that is filled with young talent. Vucevic is giving them solid minutes and there is an overall semblance of solidarity and unity on this Magic team.

Vucevic’s 29 rebounds against the Heat set a franchise record for most rebounds in a game and he’s averaging 11.3 points and 10.8 rebounds this season.

Even though they are 11 games under .500 (14-25), the Magic are the eighth best in the NBA as far as assists per game as a team. This team is sharing the ball and is playing together. They couldn’t care less about who scores, as long as they win. Orlando is 19-21 this season when five or more players score in double figures. This season the Magic are averaging 93.3 ppg, and are currently shooting .453 from the field; that ranks tenth in the NBA this season.

Since the 2008-2009 season, the Magic are 72-4 when shooting 54 percent or better from the field, including 5-2 this season. The Magic are 3-10 in their last 13 games, however those games have been decided by four points or less.

When asked about the Magic’s inability to close out close games, Head Coach Jacque Vaughn replied: “At the end in the locker room, I told our guys that this is about different challenges throughout the course of the season and everyone wants to win. It’s what makes us competitors. Do I reference the score? No. Do I reference specifics in the game and how we stayed together throughout the course of the game; how we communicated and adjusted with each other? Those are the things I’d mention.”

Vaughn has tinkered with the starting lineup many times this season using 13 different starting lineups. Recently he has dabbled with the lineup by taking Maurice Harkless out of the starting lineup and replacing him with DeQuan Jones. This move gives the Magic starters more of a scoring punch as opposed to the one dimensional defensive-oriented Harkless.

Furthermore, Harkless has a flawed offensive game, he has only scored in double figures once, by tallying 10 points on November 13 against the Knicks. Even with a flawed offensive game the upside of Harkless is really high. He is extremely athletic with a defensive game that reminds many of the coaching staff of a young Tayshaun Prince.

This Magic team has a lot of work to do to improve the rest of the year. Finishing at .500 would be considered a successful season. They have proved that they will do anything to win, and they have a bond that cannot and will not be broken; not by trade rumors, or even a rebuilding process.

The theme for this season is clear and that is, we will stay together at all cost, wins or lose.

In The Scrum With Paul George

Paul George speaking about the Orlando Magic three point shooting, the development of Nikola Vucevic and what it means to represent The Pacers as an all-star in the 2013 All-Star game.

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In the Scrum With Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire discussing the progress he has made with his injury, his in game improvement, and the defensive adjustments the Knicks made against the Magic.

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In The Scrum With Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry talking about having a sense of urgency following the lost to the Magic, and the importance of winning on the road.

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