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.

And that is understandable, since the team has a new head coach, Steve Clifford, as well as newly added players from the offseason, such as Mo Bamba and Jerian Grant.

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

Following the end of yesterday’s practice, Jonathan Isaac gave reporters some insight on how the team is prepping up for their next game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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.

When asked about guarding the Bucks’ star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Magic forward Aaron Gordon, mentioned how Isaac has grown as a player that he’d be able to guard Antetokounmpo too.

“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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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.
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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.

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