On a night where both teams struggled shooting the ball, the Orlando Magic fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 97-91, dropping the Magic to 1-4 in the preseason.
Both teams were playing their third preseason game in less than a week, and it showed. There didn’t appear to be much energy on either side, and Zach Randolph specifically looked less than pleased to be playing a fifth postseason game.
The Grizzlies (44.2% FG%) and Magic (43.4%) both struggled to score from the field, but the Grizzles grabbed a five point lead by the end of the first quarter, and with the exception of a small Magic run in the third quarter, Memphis controlled game the rest of the way. Both were especially poor from behind the arc. The Grizzlies went 4-15 from three while the Magic went an unfathomably bad 4-18.
Jameer Nelson (PG), Arron Afflalo (SG), Maurice Harkless (SF), Jason Maxiell (PF), Nikola Vucevic (C)
M. Harkless (35:23), V. Oladipo (29:11), A. Afflalo (28:20), N. Vucevic (26:10),E. Moore (24:29), A. Nicholson (23:34), K. O’Quinn (21:50), J. Nelson (21:00), J. Maxiell (17:03), S. Jones (7:23), K. Joseph (5:37)
Nik Vucevic showed some hops taking Marc Gasol off the dribble and flushing a one-handed slam in the first quarter.
Vucevic (13 pts, 6-10) and Victor Oladipo (22 pts, 6-12) we’re the two bright spots for Orlando’s offense.
Kyle O’Quinn impressed for the second straight game. O’Quinn showed a great passing touch for a big man around the perimeter on two assists to slashers for easy dunks.
There’s both good and bad for Victor Oladipo. He recovered nicely from a poor shooting night Wednesday against the Rockets (50%), but Oladipo had a plus/minus of -11, a team low.
Andrew Nicholson, who hit three corner three’s against Houston, missed all three of his three point attempts Friday night against the Grizzles.
For the Grizzlies, the strangest stat of the night is by far Mike Miller leading the team in scoring (19 pts) and minutes (30 min). MIKE MILLER LEADING A TEAM IN MINUTES PLAYED!
Orlando’s perimeter defense needs a lot of work. Way too many uncontested looks the last couple of games. Lucky for them, Memphis (with the exception of Mike Miller) couldn’t hit a thing.
The Magic host the Detroit Pistons next on Sunday at the Amway Center at 7pm.