Magic Victory Bittersweet as Big Baby Gets Injured
Orlando has now won 7 of their last 10 games and improved to a 12-13 record after dispatching of the dreadful Washington Wizards 90-83. It happened in front of an Amway Center Magic regular season worse 16,893 spectators. Ignore this forgettable contest. All that needs to be known is Glen Davis fell in a grand heap of howling pain in the final minute of play. Big Baby appears to be a victim of a hard Emeka Okafor foul that severely injured Glen’s left shoulder. No more details will be known until Davis is evaluated, but all Magic players and staff are worried. Glen has a high pain threshold, but it’s not encouraging when the agony is so bad he had to bite down hard on a towel.
Coach Vaughn on Glen: “It is the left shoulder. I have not heard a thing so he’s being looked at now and we’ll probably have something for you guys tomorrow.”
The only really entertaining part of the game was the newly implemented introduction of the Ric Flair “WWWOOOOOO” sound effect that followed a JJ Redick 3-pointer. Jordan Crawford, coming off an improbable triple-double, poured in a casual 11 points for the road side in the opening quarter. The Magic starters were asleep, but still led 27-26 after twelve minutes thanks to the bench actually caring.
JJ Redick and E’Twaun Moore carried the overall scoring load, contributing 17 and 15 points. Believe it or not, Orlando at one instant in the half was shooting 62.5 FG% and 5-of-5 from downtown. Thank the white-and-blue starters for sinking that efficiency. The Wizards utilized a 9-0 run to make Orlando pay for not taking them seriously. Magic halftime up 52-50.
More Jacque on Glen: “I’ll see him after this and I’ll see him in the morning and I’ll be smiling and I’ll hug him and I’ll see how he is and I’ll keep thinking that he’ll be ready to go when we play two days from now until the doctors tell me else wise.”
Washington is so appalling. Can’t rebound, can’t finish in the paint, and can’t defend if they were offered million dollar bonuses. This franchise is in a lengthy funk of disarray and eternal terribleness. It’s a great luxury that the Wizards are so abysmal, because Orlando appeared more than uninspiring. Despite my griping, Orlando owned a comfortable 76-63 advantage entering the fourth period. Other than botching the ‘Star Wars’ final quarter intro music, despite the lead being cut to 4, it was relatively smooth sailings until the Glen injury. Gustavo Ayon earned a season-high 8 rebounds.
Jacque on Glen pushing to be an All-Star: “He can think he’s a superhero if that’s what’s gonna make him play better. I’ll take that.”
Orlando never panicked, as displayed by wild shot selection and lackadaisical attitude, because they didn’t view Washington as a threat. The Magic travel to Toronto on Friday and will play the Raptors as long as the Mayans’ prediction is incorrect. It’ll be a surprising battle of two teams currently riding 4-game win streaks.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.