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Magic mail in Christmas performance on opening night. Welcome back NBA.

2011 December 25
by Brian Serra

The Magic played a lackluster opening night game and fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-89.  The game was within single digits only a few moments after the first quarter and never seemed in doubt.

The Magic did their damned best to ruin Christmas for Magic fans all over the country. In honor of the team mailing in their performance tonight, I’ve decided to mail in this recap. The tweets below collectively sum up what happened tonight:

This wasn’t a good sign after all.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

Halftime poor shooting and turnover tweet. This one will make a return appearance.

17-45 from the field. Started 8-9. Finished 9-36. Also 9 turnovers. No bueno. Feliz Navidad.

— MagicBBOnline-BSerra (@MagicBasketball) December 26, 2011

From this point on, I was just trying to pretend that what I saw was real.

Turnovers, poor shooting, lack of offensive flow. Those were the themes for the night.

Bright Spots: Jameer Nelson, Von Wafer (!), Ryan Anderson shooting

Absolutely Not Bright Spots: Jason Richardson shooting (!!!), Chris Duhon (!), Turk’s shot selection, Earl Clark, ball movement, offensive flow, Dwight Howard scoring, bad ending to Christmas

Box Score

Orlando is back in action tomorrow night in the home opener against Houston. Tip off is set for 7pm.

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