With the Orlando Magic recently losing to the Indiana Pacers at home last Sunday, the question on if the team can bounce back in preparation for its game against the Philadelphia 76ers, was thrown out the window once Markelle Fultz went coast to coast in the early minutes of the game, eventually resulting in the Magic winning, 112-97.
The Sixers, a team that has gone 7–3 since the beginning of the season, was a team that the Magic knew would be a struggle to play against. Even without all-star player, Joel Embiid, the Sixers were still a formidable opponent with players such as Ben Simmons and Al Horford.
The game against the Sixers, showed that many players on the Magic have either stepped up or have gotten out of their slump. Some players that have gotten out of their slumps would include Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross.
Those that are no longer in slumps
Gordon started off the season with a strong start, but was in a short slump with him quickly bouncing back. One thing that stuck out that indicated Gordon overcoming his slump was how he was 7–for-9 in free-throws, in the game against the Sixers.
As for Ross, he has had a lackluster start, even though he is known for providing a “spark” off the bench; however, ever since his game against the Pacers, he has recently regained his ability to perform at a level that we’re familiar with, with him ending with 13 points.
Those that stepped up
As for players that have stepped up, one player that comes to mind is Michael Carter Williams, who has contributed 11 points. Additionally, both Gordon and Nikola Vucevic were able to end the game with double-doubles. Gordon ended with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Vucevic ending with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Magic v. Spurs
Overall, the Magic record is now sitting at 4-7. The Magic will host a game against the Spurs, a team that has a been enduring a three-game losing streak, but has a record of 5-6.
Catch the Magic v. Spurs, Friday at 7 p.m.
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