Hard to believe the Magic trailed by only five at the half. The only thing the Heat do below-average is rebound, and the Magic got toasted on the boards 40-to-25. A lot of that is because Vučević got in foul trouble early and became a general non-factor. The Heat absolutely shot the lights out from three (15-for-24, 62.5 percent). They actually shot a better percentage from three than they shot from two-point range.
Orlando is too stagnant on offense right now. Jameer Nelson isn’t a scoring threat off the pick-and-roll. Vuč’s production is too dependent on pick-and-pop jumpers and Orlando doesn’t enough catch-and-shoot guys. On the other end, sloppy perimeter defense is the diagnosis of most of their defensive illnesses. Things aren’t going well right now. Hopefully Tobias Harris and Glen Davis start playing games soon.
- Another 30 points for Arron Afflalo. He’s absolutely on fire right now. It’s easy to see that Afflalo is shooting with a ton of confidence right now and he shot 7-for-9 from behind the arc on Wednesday. During Afflalo’s hot streak, he’s used his high-post game less and preferred scoring from threes and drives to the rim.
-Victor Oladipo’s stats look nicer in the box score than in reality. Most of Oladipo’s 20 points came in garbage time. He followed Saturday’s nine turnovers against the Mavs with another eight turnovers against the Heat. To make matters worse, he only has two assists on the night in 35 minutes.
-Nik Vučević fouled out for the first time all season. He got two early fouls and that was just about it for his production. Miami went right at him in the pick-and-roll, making Birdman look like vintage Amaré at certain times. Vuč had two 20 rebound games against the Heat last year, so the Heat obviously gameplaned around shutting down the Magic center.
The Magic will now play Miami in the second game of a home-and-home Saturday at 7:30 PM. Between now and then the biggest storyline is when will Harris and Davis come back from injury.