The Orlando Magic looked completely discombobulated losing 120-105 to the Boston Celtics on Monday.
It was a quick turnaround for the Magic, as they had just faced off against the Celtics on Friday. However, the Magic were unable to rewrite its recent history and succumbed to the same crazy turnover problems that have plagued the team all season.
Here are the three takeaways from another disappointing loss to the Celtics.
The Magic turned the ball over 18 times on Friday, with many of those turnovers once again destroying the chances for the Magic to win. The Celtics defense once again stifled the Magic offense throughout the game. They limited the Magic to 45 percent shooting from the field and also did a great job protecting the rim with seven blocked shots.
Avery Bradley is a Magic killer
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley could do no wrong on Friday night as he dominated the Magic on both sides of the court. Offensively, Bradley led all players with 24 points and showed off a potent mid-range jump shot that the Magic were unable to stop. Defensively, Bradley hounded guards Jameer Nelson, Victor Oladipo and E’Twuan Moore all night long. He had three steals, but forced numerous throwaways due to his defensive pressure.
Magic Defense Simply Disappears
The Orlando Magic have done a solid job on defense. However, the Magic defense performed a disappearing act on Friday allowing the Celtics to shoot 60 percent from the field.
- Magic center Nikola Vucevic had his 4th double-double of the season accounting for 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Rookie Victor Oladipo had a good night offensively scoring 17 points.
- Arron Afflalo led the Magic in scoring with 18 points.
- The Magic had seven players in double figures.
- The Magic will return to Orlando on Wednesday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.