The Orlando Magic’s three-game winning streak came to an end in a 91-89 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. Here are the three takeaways from the Magic performance.
No. 1 Lack of Effort and the Turnovers.
The Celtics simply outworked the Magic throughout the entire 48 minutes. Whether it was tipping the ball out to a teammate to get an extra possession or diving after a loose ball on the floor and calling a timeout, the Celtics did all of the little things to win the game.
The Magic once again held an opponent to under 4o percent from field, but were unable to overcome the abundance of turnovers. The Magic had 20 turnovers to the Celtics 11 turnovers, with many of the turnovers being of the head scratching variety.
No. 2 Disappearance of Nikola Vucevic in the 2nd half.
Magic center Nikola Vucevic got off to a good start, scoring 12 points in the 1st quarter. However, he only scored two points after half time and had relatively little impact offensively. He even let a couple of balls go right through his hands out of bounds. Vucevic was still able to put together a double-double performance adding 12 rebounds to his 14 points.
No. 3 Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo was the only player on offense who showed signs of life during the game. Afflalo led all players in scoring with 23 points and almost single handedly kept the Magic in the game offensively. Down the stretch, Afflalo had a four-point play to cut the lead to 88-87 and then hit a tough two-point jump shot in the waning minutes to cut the Celtics lead to 90-89 with just under 10 seconds remaining.
The Orlando Magic will not have a lot of time to sulk after this loss as they will head to Atlanta on Saturday to take on the Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
- For the first time in his rookie season, Victor Oladipo did not reach double figures. He finished the game with seven points.
- Jameer Nelson had a terrible game handling the basketball as he turned the ball over seven times.
- Former Magic power forward Brandon Bass led the way for the Celtics with 16 points and seven rebounds.
- Celtics guard Avery Bradley was a pest for the magic guards the entire game and forced three steals in total.
- After a hot start to the season from the 3-point line, Magic power forward Andrew Nicholson has not made a 3-point shot in two consecutive games going 0-for-4 against the Clippers and the Celtics