This is an awful first eight quarters to an Orlando Magic season. There’s no way of avoiding how terrible they’ve looked on both ends for extremely long stretches in contests. Detroit clobbered the Magic 108-82 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night. The performance was way worse than the final score.
Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo were both horrendous, combining for just 6 points, 6 rebounds, and very little defense. Detroit shot 50.5 FG% in the contest. Stan Van Gundy’s former Magic men Tobias Harris, Ish Smith, and Beno Udrih all had fantastic performances. Harris had a game-high 18 points. Ish dropped 16 points and 8 assists. Udrih poured in 13 points off the bench. Andre Drummond had a bad 5-of-14 shooting game thanks to Nikola Vucevic‘s great defense, but still racked up 12 points and 20 rebounds.
Orlando shot 34.7 FG% including a rocky 8-of-26 on triples. Speaking of Vucevic, the Montenegrin only shot 3-of-12 because he’s still slumping with his jumper, but gave the effort and finished with 7 points and 14 rebounds. Elfrid Payton had another solid showing with 15 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Aaron Gordon notched 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Green (10 points) and Mario Hezonja (13 points) scored in garbage time.
It was another beyond frustrating contest to watch as Frank Vogel has his hands full early this ’16-’17 season.
Magic lead assistant coach Chad Forcier at halftime: “Well, spoiler alert: We were not very good in the second quarter.”