Orlando Magic Get Ran Over in the Motor City
The Orlando Magic fell to the Detroit Pistons 103-87 on Tuesday night. This recap is going to be short, but not very sweet. The effort seemed to be there at the start of this game. Coach Vaughn went with a new starting lineup to get more “size” against the Pistons, even though there were two guys he could have started taller than Jason Maxiell, but thats a column for another time.
The Magic were led in scoring tonight by Victor Oladipo with 19 points. Kyle O’Quinn contributed 11 rebounds off the bench. Most of the points and rebounds for both came well after the game had been decided. Detroit was led by Brandon Jennings with 20 points. Andre Drummond had a monster night with 13 points and 17 boards. Not alot of effort tonight, they looked like this was the second night of a back to back instead of the first.
This really showed during the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Orlando was outrebounded by a count of 56-40, and its surprising that the numbers were that close watching the game.
The 4th quarter was more of the same, teams trading baskets, and not a lot of defense being played. The score didn’t show it, but the effort did pickup with the Young Guns in the game during garbage time. Victor Oladipo and Kyle O’Quinn are the leaders of that unit, showing grit and hustle on the court. The second unit seems so much more relaxed, just playing basketball, not worrying about who gets the shots. Sadly most nights, garbage time is the best time to watch.
I realize this is just a January game during a long seson, but I worry what the constant losing will do to the young guys. I worry what the lackadaisical attitude of the veterans is doing to the young players. Lets just hope that Victor and Kyle can keep up their attitude and effort and things will turn around. Arron Afflalo is the only vet that displays good body language on the bench. The Boston game at home a couple weeks ago, where they played so well together and for each other, seemed like a distant memory.
Lets hope things improve tomorrow night as the Magic head to Toronto to face the Raptors.
Matt Jensen is new to the MBO team and a proud contributing writer. He operates as MBO’s Sr. Sioux Falls Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter here