The Orlando Magic bench, or whatever is left of it, needs to be playing much better in upcoming games. A performance like the one in Wednesday’s 114-108 NBA loss to the Charlotte Bobcats just isn’t good enough.
The Magic have dropped eight straight and 30 of their last 34 games. The loss of Arron Afflalo for the rest of the season does not help matters, especially when the Magic used only eight players against the Bobcats. The three-man Magic bench combined for just 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting and made three of Orlando’s 10 turnovers. The Magic bench is averaging 17.0 points over the last three games.
E’Twaun Moore’s performance has especially been disappointing. He’s averaging 8.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. But he didn’t deliver against the Bobcats in a game they should have won. He was on the court for 12 minutes and was 1-of-3 from the floor with a 3-pointer and scored three points. He did have three steals and two assists, plus a rebound.
But that effort pales compared to Moore’s game against the Miami Heat on Monday. He played 39 minutes that game and shot 6-of-13 from the floor, had nine rebounds and seven assists, plus three steals. But the Magic could not overtake mighty Miami in a 108-94 loss. Too bad Monroe couldn’t have played that way against the Bobcats, who aren’t exactly in the same caliber as the Heat.
Moore is going to have his chance to contribute for the Magic, so now is his chance to shine. If he has another performance like he had on Wednesday, the Magic might as well not bring him back for another season.