Magic Fall In Atlanta Behind Inept Offensive Performance
With Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick both fighting sickness, the Orlando Magic fell flat in Atlanta losing 81-72 to the Hawks. Orlando’s two best players combined for just 10 points on 4-15 shooting. All together, Orlando’s starters combined for just 32 points and were led – yes, led – by Big Baby’s 11 points.
The Magic leading scorer tonight had 11 points. The team falls to 0-983629 when no one scores more than 11 points.
— MagicBBallOnline (@MagicBasketball) November 20, 2012
It would be easy to hark on the inept offensive performance of the Magic tonight, but that would be boring. Trust me, I watched it… it was boring. Instead, let’s take a look at some positives from tonight.
Positive: Nobody else was injured.
Positive: DeQuan Jones, despite missing several dunks and layups, was able to finally finish at the rim after a beautiful behind the back dribble.
Positive: The Magic rookies, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, Jones and Nicholson, all battled hard and legitimately showed promise.
Positive: Despite having more turnovers (19) than assists (17), the team didn’t lose by 30.
#Magic JJ Redick on flu: “I felt about as well as I played. I hoped that I could help the team, but I feel like I did more harm than good.”
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) November 20, 2012
The Magic bench played well throughout the night, but it didn’t matter in the end. After scoring just 26 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined, the Atlanta lead became insurmountable. As the team has seen all year, as soon as superior teams decide to buckle down and impose their will on the lowly Magic, the team can’t hang. Such is life in the lottery.