This week the Orlando Magic have had their usual ups and downs, beating a Boston Celtics team that had both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, followed by losing a home game to the Portland Trail Blazers by 14 points.
One thing is for certain, while fans shouldn’t be upset that the Magic do not have a consistent losing streak, they shouldn’t be surprised that the team doesn’t have a consistent winning streak.
This group is open to learning what their coach has to offer, and has shown that they are ready to take the step to become better than what they were in the previous seasons.
How the season will fare
Isaac mentioned how the team is correcting things such as their inconsistent performance during the season.
“When we’ve been moving the ball, when we’ve been really focused on defense, we’ve been able to bury teams and play really well,” Isaac said. “And the flip side to that is when we don’t and not move the ball well, and the ball is sticking, and we’re not as focused on our preparation and our execution defensively we struggle. And that’s with any team in the league.”
Isaac also mentioned how the next step for the Magic is to grow together as a team, which comes through maturity playing together as a team.
“I mean, just the switching ability is big. You know, it makes it easier on us. Whether Khris [Middleton] is going to set screens or not, we can just switch off, and it just helps. You know, it takes a lot of pressure off”, Gordon said.
Defending Giannis is no easy task
Coach Clifford also touched on how the Magic will defend Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks.
“The other thing that’s happened is, acquiring [Brook] Lopez. They haven’t really had the spacing fives in the past. So now they’re so spread out. And it gives Giannis more room to go to work and play and drive and create. And Middleton is also playing at a really, really high level,” Clifford said.
Clifford also mentioned that with the current setup the Bucks have, they’ll be able to shoot a lot of threes, which means that the Magic will have to play excellent defense to shutdown the 3-point attempts, Antetokounmpo and Lopez.
Catch the Magic and Bucks tonight, at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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