Orlando’s West Coast Adventure Still Shaky – Magic Fall in Sacramento as Afflalo Injures Foot
After a solid first quarter that saw the Orlando Magic leading 24-18, the wheels came off once again for a team that has now lost six straight games. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Magic on Friday night in a blowout win, 103-83. Orlando struggled shooting the ball all night, despite getting good looks at the basket, finishing shooting just 33% from the field.
The loss was compounded for the team when they lost their best player, Arron Afflalo, to a right foot injury after Afflalo missed a layup in the 3rd quarter.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports, “Precautionary postgame X-rays showed no fractures, but Afflalo was limping badly and seems unlikely to play when the Magic face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night in Denver.”
Magic starters not named Tobias Harris shot a combined 14-49 (28.5%) from the field on the night. Harris led the team in scoring with 16 points. Afflalo had 15 before leaving with his foot injury and Victor Oladipo, who returned to the starting lineup, had 13 points.
Sacramento was led by DeMarcus Cousins and his huge 24 point, 14 rebound and six assist night – a Boogie that was obviously quite happy that the Magic were missing their starting Center. Rudy Gay had 22 points and 10 boards. Overall, the Kings out-rebounded the Magic 54-37. A stat contributed to by many, many missed shots and the absence of the league’s sixth leading rebounded in Vucevic.
The Crown Royal #ReignOn tweet of the night, a new segment at mBo, comes via our own Adam Papageorgiou:
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) January 11, 2014
With the Magic already having sent Nik Vucevic back to Orlando to rehab from his latest concussion, breaking the current losing streak in the notoriously difficult Denver altitude creates quite the daunting task. Orlando’s record is now 10-26 and the team has won just four of their last 20 games dating back to the start of December.
The tip in Denver on Saturday night is at 9pm EST.