Orlando Magic: Post-Game Teammate Grades vs Atlanta Hawks

By Danny Nicks
Daniel Shirey – USPRESSWIRE

The Orlando Magic took the floor Monday evening against the Atlanta Hawks on the tail end of a back-to-back in which they dropped the first game 97-86 to the Toronto Raptors.

J.J. Redick, who was a game-time decision, took the floor after sitting out the previous night with flu-like symptoms. Jameer Nelson also played in the contest despite feeling ill as well.

To be entirely honest, I didn’t feel all that great after this one either, it was honestly just that hard to watch. Both teams shot under 40% from the field and Glen Davis was the only Magic player to score in double-digits with 11 points.

Orlando committed an egregious 19 turnovers to their 17 assists. However, it was ultimately a  24-12 third quarter claimed by the Hawks that led Atlanta to a 81-72 victory.

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*)

Arron Afflalo: F

You know it’s going to be a tough night for any team when their leading scorer only musters six points. But when you throw 3 of 10 shooting and three turnovers into the mix, it quickly turns into a train wreck.

Glen Davis: B-

Davis shot 5 of 13, which is obviously less than desirable, but when he’s the only Magic player making anything happen in a game, I’ll take it. He finished with a modest 11 points and seven rebounds, but his two steals actually weren’t an accident. He played excellent defense on Josh Smith for the night. While Smith would have probably still launch mid-range jumpers if the lane was wide open and there was a new contract on the rim, I’m going to pretend Davis forced it.

Nikola Vucevic: B+

A game-high 13 rebounds is always nice, so a block and a steal is just icing on the cake. He only attempted two field goals on the evening, but that’s not such a terrible decision when you have Al Horford guarding you.

J.J. Redick: D

It’s tough to give a guy an F when he plays through being sick. That said, Orlando probably would have been better off had he sat this one out. He finished with two points on 1 of 7 shooting and also committed three turnovers to his single assist. The guy is still averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 assists primarily off the bench, so I’m pretty sure he gets a pass.

Jameer Nelson: D

He came into the contest averaging 8.7 assists in the three games he’s played. After tonight it’ll be 6.7. You see, that’s what happens when you only manage one assist in 28 minutes. He finished with eight points(3-8FG) and a steal as well.

E’Twaun Moore: F

I believe in this kid, and I believe he has a bright future in Orlando. But E’Twaun, seven turnovers and 4 of 12 shooting isn’t exactly helping my case that you should be starting.

Ishmael Smith: C

If for whatever reason you actually consider plus/minus a stat, Smith finished +8. I, however, do not. But hey, his two steals were nice. He finished with two points(1-2FG) and an assist elsewhere in just over 15 minutes.

Maurice Harkless: B+

Eight points, eight rebounds, and two assists on 4-5 shooting. Please, tell me more about why this kid isn’t starting. If you’re looking for something positive to take away from this game, like I know I am, look no further.

The Orlando Magic will look to bounce back from their back-to-back losses against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 21st.

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