Recap: Pacers blowout Magic; El Magic es no bueno
A season of ups and mostly downs, returned to the downside tonight as the Orlando Magic fueron las víctimas de una perdida on noche latina. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Magic 115-86.
El Magic struggled in almost every facet of the game tonight. They couldn’t rebound. They couldn’t pass. They definitely couldn’t shoot.
After trailing by 15 at halftime, there was hope that Orlando could make another miraculous comeback as they had in Miami just a few nights earlier. Unfortunately, the energy/effort/execution was lacking.
Arron Afflalo led El Magic in scoring with 19 points. Nik Vucevic followed up his 25 point, 21 rebound performance in Miami with a mediocre 12 and six. It seems as if Vucevic has a difficult time getting himself motivated for games that don’t involve someone directly calling him out.
“I think its so important that you treat each game individually and have the right mindframe going into the game.” – Jacque Vaughn on the general lack of carryover from the Miami game
The Pacers are the league leader in defensive efficiency and it showed tonight. The length and physicality that Indiana brought to the floor was relentless. The young Magic team had little chance to execute any offense as they were matched up against bigger and stronger players at every position on the floor.
The newly acquired Tobias Harris received his first start of the season after his strong play of late. Unfortunately finished the night with just 7 points and 8 rebounds after being banged and abused inside by the Pacers front court.
“I’ve started ‘Drew probably 25 games this year and I wanted to get a sense of Tobias… There is a difference in playing against 1st unit guys and 2nd unit guys and there is only one way to find out if that is something that is productive for our lineup. He got in early foul trouble which I think affected our team overall on both ends of the floor. Tough team to play against.” -Jacque Vaughn
Paul George continued his All-Star play for Indiana, dropping 25 points on 8/12 shooting in just 27 minutes. Efficient to say the least. Poor Moe Harkless has had to guard LeBron James and Paul George in the last two games, right as he is in the middle of running straight through the infamous “rookie wall”.
Just an overall tough night for the Magic on all fronts.
The team will look to bounce back on Sunday night when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Amway Center. Tip is set for 6pm.