While Jameer Nelson finally played his second consecutive game of the season, but the Magic’s injury misfortune continued to present itself this season as J.J. Redick sat out suffering from flu-like symptoms. Redick has been arguably the Magic’s top offensive weapon this season as he’s made a resounding statement so far this season that he’s far more than just a shooter. He’s averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 assists through eight games.
Redick’s absence Sunday ultimately proved to be Orlando’s Achilles heel, as the the Magic never truly found it’s offensive rhythm and shot a ghastly 40% from the field. They also committed 15 turnovers to their 18 assists.
That said, what good is a loss unless I get to over-analyze and overreact to every Magic players performance.
Still terrible? Well, you’re stuck with me anyway. (Players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes in the contest*)
DeQuan Jones: C-
It’s hard to say anything snarky about Jones, because he’s just a genuinely good kid and a great story. In his 22 minutes, he didn’t manage to leave much of a mark on the game on either side of the ball, but I’m going to spin that as a good thing. With Redick out, he didn’t force the issue or try to do too much, he just played within his opportunities and played it smart. While I would have liked to have seen him be a little more assertive on defense he posted a semi-respectable 7 points and 5 rebounds on 3 of 5 shooting.
Glen Davis: B+
Ah, Mr. Big Baby, this marks your second straight solid performance. Which of course almost assures you he’ll be a dud next game, but that’s besides the point. I actually liked his performance Sunday, as he indulged his green light as a volume shooter. He put up 17 shots and made 8 of them, which is something we would all love to see on a night;y basis as he’s one of the few Magic players that can alter a games momentum when he’s aggressive offensively. He also was the only player on either said to notch double-digit rebounds, hauling in 12 on the night.
Nikola Vucevic: B-
What do you get when pit two European players against each other at the center position? A lack of production. Well, at least Sunday afternoon. Vucevic was still fairly solid with 12 points(5-11FG), 6 rebounds and a block, but at this point we’re all just accustomed to a double-double nightly. The game snapped Vucevic’s three-game streak of posting a double-double, but he still has an outstanding five on the season.
Arron Afflalo: C-
Afflalo’s stat line was decidedly “unstuffed”, as he posted 15 points(4-10FG), 2 assists and three turnovers. He did not record a single rebound in the contest, and it was honestly the flukiest 15 points you’re going to come across. I’m still shocked he scored in double-digits, I guess the 6-6 from the line helped.
Jameer Nelson: D
-Sigh- At least you had 9 assists. 8 points(3-13FG), 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and four turnovers. The 0 for 5 from downtown isn’t impressing anyone, Jameer.
E’Twaun Moore: C+
It wasn’t his best game, but he continued to build on one of the league’s biggest breakout campaigns. While his turnovers are an eye sore, his 4 assists kind of evens it out. He also proved to be a major scoring punch off the bench with 16 points(5-11FG). From now on, I’m going to keep a weekly match up log on who win’s head to head performance-wise between Jameer Nelson and Moore to prove why Moore should be starting. So far, Nelson: 0, Moore: 1.
Josh McRobert: D
2 points(1-3FG) and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes. It’s Josh McRoberts, I don’t know what you were expecting to see here.
Andrew Nicholson: C-
Still shaking off his rookie jitters, Jacque Vaughn has played him sparingly this season and rightfully so. However, he’s logged at least 10 minutes in the last three games, so that’s always a good sign. His 8 points on 2 of 7 shooting Sunday afternoon was certainly less than stellar, but did a great job getting to the line and converted 4 of 5 once there. He also pulled down 3 boards. Call me an optimist, but he’s getting better. Right?
The Magic will look to bounce back against the Atlanta Hawks Nov. 17th.