It has been another losing season for the Orlando Magic; for the second consecutive season, Orlando will miss the NBA playoffs. They are a team that lacks top-level talent, depth and experience, but they are still showing that they have heart and some young talent that they could build their future around, which was evident against the far more talented Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
As the Magic played host to their once superstar center Dwight Howard, Orlando played with the type of heart that has to make their fans at least somewhat proud. The play of Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones was just too much for the Magic to overcome.
What can’t be questioned is the Magic’s effort in this game. They jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter to surprise the Rockets. Despite giving up the lead for good in the third quarter, Orlando kept fighting to try and come back in the fourth, but the team came up short and Houston pulled out a 101-89 victory.
All this happened as Orlando played without two of their best players, Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson. Their top players for the game were Nikola Vucevic and Arron Afflalo, and each player could be a focus of this team’s future plans.
Jacques Vaughn’s team was never expected to win much this season; following Wednesday’s game, they are just 19-44. Still, the effort and potential that his young guys show on some games has to make him somewhat happy.
One day, things will turn back around the better for the Magic.