The shorthanded Orlando Magic lost to the Denver Nuggets 120-94 on Saturday
The Magic struggled throughout the game to find any sort of consistency. Let’s take a closer look at the Magic loss.
Game was over before it began
It was revealed prior to the game that Arron Afflalo would not play due to a foot injury that he sustained during the Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Orlando Sentinel Orlando Magic beat writer Josh Robbins confirmed that Afflalo would sit out Saturday’s game.
Also out for the Magic was center Nikola Vucevic who is still recuperating from a concussion. Adding to the Magic’s already high hurdle is the fact that the Magic were playing the 2nd game of a back-to-back after having played in Sacramento on Friday. Making matters worse is that the Magic had to play the 2nd game of the back-to-back in Denver, which is known for being tough on opposing teams due to the high altitude.
The following sequence describes the game in a nutshell
Lamb BLOB to an open Moore under the basket. Moore, in paint, turns around and basically passes to J.J. Hickson.
— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) January 12, 2014
Defense took the night off
The defense for the Magic was nowhere to be found. This Denver Nuggets team can be an incredibly lethal offensive team and it showed as they were able to do whatever they wanted on the offensive side of the court. The game was essentially over at half time as the Nuggets shot 60 percent from the field and put up 69 points.
Oladipo the lone bright spot
Rookie Victor Oladipo was the only player for the Magic that played well on both ends of the court. Oladipo scored 15 points and dished out five assists.
Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson injured his hand in the 3rd quarter.
Jameer Nelson has a sprained right index finger. X-rays showed no fracture.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) January 12, 2014
The Magic will close out the west coast road trip on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.