Orlando Drops 7th Straight in Denver, Nelson Injured
The Orlando Magic entered their game with Denver Saturday night short handed and struggling. They left even more short handed and with their seventh straight loss as the Nuggets handed the Magic a 120-94 defeat.
Arron Afflalo (foot) and Nik Vucevic (concussion) were both out of the starting lineup for the Magic, forcing Coach Jacque Vaughn to use his 12th different starting lineup of the season in just 37 games. Victor Oladipo and Moe Harkless were inserted in with the starters along with Jameer Nelson, Tobias Harris and Glen Davis.
Tobias Harris led Orlando in scoring for the second consecutive night with 22 points. Glen Davis had 20 and Victor Oladipo had 15.
While the Magic once again shot the ball poorly (see, most games this season) the downfall on the evening was a lack of stops. Denver came out and scored at will in the first half, scoring 69 first half points and facing no real threat of resistance. The last single digit deficit the Magic would face on the evening was with 11:33 remaining in the second quarter. The rout was on early.
Denver was paced with seven different players scoring 13 or more points. They were led on the night by Randy Foye and Evan Fournier who each had 18. Sophomore Quincy Miller had a career high 16 points and 11 rebounds and quite enjoyed being defended by the limited Moe Harkless (sore knee) and the undersized 6’4″ Doron Lamb (yes, this happened – a lot).
RANDOM EMBEDDED TWEET OF HOPE:
16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.75 assists and 1.25 steals per game for Vic this week. 22-of-48 from the field.
— Andrew Melnick (@Andrew_Melnick) January 12, 2014
Denver is a notoriously tough team to beat on their home floor and that challenge only gets tougher on a back to back. In games where a team is playing on a back to back, like the Magic Saturday night, and then come from the Pacific to the Mountain Time Zone to play the Nuggets, teams have won just three times in the last 25 games.
To literally add insult to injury for the Magic, the team lost another starter to injury during the blowout loss. Jameer Nelson left during the 3rd quarter and did not return after spraining his right index finger. Fortunately (or not?) for Orlando, X-Rays were negative. However, there is obviously no telling how much time an injured starter could miss on this team with no motivation to get them healed and back on the court.
Crown Royal #ReignOn Fan Tweet of the Night
The basketball gods owe the magic big time man.
— C. B. Smoove (@imBINGnotGOOGLE) January 12, 2014
Orlando concludes their long January road trip in Dallas on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Tip is set for 8:30 EST.