The Orlando Magic found out what a little bit of defense can do for a team on the court. In fact, Magic guard Arron Afflalo says it’s really a simple solution for the team to improve from their 15-36 NBA record.
Afflalo has been around long enough to know his team has to keep cutting down on errors and mental breakdowns and play better help defense. That’s basically what happened Sunday, when the team posted a 110-104 victory over the Portland Trailblazers.
There’s no secret the Magic can put the points on the board. Their offense was smooth against the Trailblazers with 34 assists out of the 47 field goals they made.
Afflalo is the steady force behind the Magic’s starting lineup. It seems like he sets the tone for the game. In almost 32 minutes against the Trailblazers, he was 5-of-12 from the floor and hit the only triple he tried. He also had three assists from his guard-forward spot, plus one steal. He’s one of the few Magic players who has been consistent in the productivity area with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. His career average is 9.7 points per game and his improvement on the offensive end has been dramatic this season.
On Friday, he had 36 terrific minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 9-of-17 shooting for 23 points although the Magic lost 119-108.
But hopefully Afflalo can keep leading by example for the rest of his team and emphasize the value of defense in helping the Magic have more success. The offense-only concept isn’t working for Orlando right now..