The Orlando Magic dropped to 4-6 on the season after suffering a 108-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the three factors that contributed to the loss.
Arron Afflalo leads the way again
Arron Afflalo’s hot start to the season continued on Saturday. The veteran guard lead all players in scoring with 25 points. A big factor in Afflalo’s offensive game tonight was his ability to draw contact and get to the free throw line. Afflalo went 13-for-14 from the charity stripe despite the loss.
Inability to protect the ball and the struggle to force turnovers
The Orlando Magic continue to struggle with turnovers in this young season. On Saturday, the Magic turned the ball over 18 times. Rookie Victor Oladipo was a big part of the Magic’s turnover woes as he contributed to half of the team’s total turnovers with nine.
On the defensive end of the court, the Magic struggled to force turnovers. The Mavericks only had seven turnovers, making it difficult for the Magic to get out and run on the fast break.
Oladipo Takes Some of Jameer Nelson’s minutes
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson only played 22 minutes on Saturday, despite a solid 15 point performance against the Mavericks. As the game approached its conclusion, it was Oladipo who took over the point guard duties. Oladipo had a solid game with 10 points and six assists. Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn probably saw the opportunity as a teaching moment for Oladipo, as the rookie continues to make the transition as a point guard.
Jacque Vaughn said Jameer Nelson was not hurt — that the decision to play Victor Oladipo down the stretch was a coaching decision
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) November 17, 2013
- Perennial All-Star Dirk Nowitski and Dajuan Blair lead the way for the Mavericks with 18 points.
- Former Magic point guard Darrell Armstrong is now an assistant coach with the Mavericks.
- The Magic shot 26.7 percent from 3-point range.
- The Magic will host the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.