After an optimistic 2-0 start to the season, the Orlando Magic have dropped three straight games and appear as if they are quickly falling to the cellar of the East.
As whatever momentum the had collapsed after a close loss to the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 6th. Followed by the Magic’s loss to a superstar-less Minnesota Timberwolves team, in which we saw the Magic shoot an atrocious 35% from the field and 25% from deep.
However, Friday night Orlando finally appeared to accept their forecast as a lottery-bound team as they were absolutely decimated by the Brooklyn Nets 107 to 68 at home.
Not only did the Magic commit 18 turnovers on a sub-par 19 assists, but they were blatantly outperformed on the offensive glass. As they only mustered a season low 7 offensive boards to the Nets 15, an area where Orlando actually ranked 15th prior to the loss.
Be that as it may, I hold Orlando’s frontcourt entirely responsible for Friday nights loss.
Nikola Vucevic, who was averaging 7.8 rebounds heading into tonight’s game only managed to haul in 5 boards in over 30 minutes of play. He also seceded 10 rebounds to Brook Lopez, arguable one of the leagues worst rebounding big men.
On the other hand you have Glen Davis. Who actually has a lot to prove tonight at home after an extremely poor showing Wednesday night(4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers).
Unfortunately, Davis only saw his production continue trending downward Friday night, as he was exploited by the Nets front court all night. He finished with 3 rebounds and shot 4 of 13 from the field for 8 points in 32 minutes of play.
In other words, the Magic’s front court was flat-out terrible against one of the leagues friendliest frontcourt match ups.
The lone bright spot on the night was E’Twaun Moore, who despite his 6 turnovers finished with 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting(4-6 from downtown), 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
The fact Moore and Arron Afflalo managed to outrebound the Magic’s starting frontcourt against a team that ranked 24th in rebounding is a joke.
Actually it’s really anything but a joke, it’s just plain sad.