Before the regular season began, there were questions on how the Orlando Magic would do? What should fans expect? Would they perform the same as they’ve done before, or would they make improvements that allow them to reach the playoffs?
Magic v. Heat
Those questions have been answered once the Magic played their first home game against, in-state rivals, the Miami Heat. The game was hard fought, with many memorable moments, such as Mo Bamba’s defensive plays protecting the rim, Aaron Gordon’s 26 points and Terrence Ross’ two blocks on the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside.
After the game, Gordon touched on how he ended with 16 rebounds, and how he was able to out-rebound Whiteside.
“He’s just boxing out,” he said. “It’s taken me awhile to figure out that you actually have to box out in this league, which seems silly. You know I thought you could just jump and get the rebound. But you’ve got to box out in this league, so it’s helping me.”
Magic v. Hornets
The next game was against the Charlotte Hornets, Coach Steve Clifford’s former team. Fresh off a home win, the Magic were looking to extend their win streak. Unfortunately, that same offense that was with the team against the Heat, didn’t show up against the Hornets.
Hornet’s rookie, Miles Bridges, scored more than the Magic’s leading scorer, Terrence Ross.
After the game, Bamba explained it best, when asked about what happened during the game.
“You know we’re a team where one of our philosophies is defense is the easy offense and didn’t execute that tonight”, Bamba said.
Magic v. 76ers
Looking to learn from their mistakes against the Hornets, the Magic were ready to change course and get a win against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.
Though the Magic started off strong the first quarter, 33-32. Things started to look bleak once the game reached halftime, with the 76ers leading 63-52. Fortunately, as the third quarter progressed, the Magic were able to chip away at the 76ers’ lead, and ended the quarter down by three.
Ultimately, it was the 76ers who won the game, with Joel Embiid‘s 32 points and J.J. Redick’s 31 points. There were some positives on the Magic’s end, such as: Ross beating the shot clock from near the half-court line, Evan Fournier being the leading scorer with 31 points and Nikola Vucevic’s triple-double.
“We played better. We should’ve won the game. Made two huge, huge defensive mistake plays late that we had defended the whole game”, said coach Clifford, on his thoughts on the team’s performance.
Magic v. Celtics
The Magic will end their road trip against the Boston Celtics, where they will face off against a Celtics team fresh off a win.
You can catch the game tomorrow 7:30 p.m.
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