The Orlando Magic lost to the Detroit Pistons 103-87 on Tuesday night.
The Magic struggled offensively throughout the game and also allowed the Pistons way too many second chance point. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from the Magic loss.
Size is a problem
The Magic had no answer for the Pistons in the paint and were outrebounded 56-40 and 17-8 on the offensive boards. Twelve of those rebounds came in the 1st half.
Greg Monroe rebounds: eight. Magic rebounds: eight.
— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) January 29, 2014
Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, to his credit, attempted to solve the problem by inserting veteran big man Jason Maxiell into the starting lineup, replacing Victor Oladipo. The change to the starting lineup made no difference as the Pistons were able to grab whatever rebound they wanted unabated.
Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo show up
Arron Afflalo played against the team that drafted him and fared pretty well compared to the rest of his teammates. He scored 14 points and was one of the few Magic players that shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo had an outstanding game off the bench. He had a team-high 19 points and was the main reason that the Magic were able to keep the score somewhat respectable, when the game was clearly out of reach.
Magic no match for Drummond
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is only in his 2nd season as an NBA player, but he has already shown the ability to dominate in the paint due to his outstanding athleticism. Against the Magic on Tuesday, he dominated both in the paint and on the glass. The Magic tried to employ a more physical lineup that would have a better chance of keeping Drummond off the glass. However, Drummond still dominated and put up a double-double effort of 13 points and 17 rebounds. He also made his presence known defensively with two blocked shots.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Magic, as they will face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. This will be the first match up of the season between the Magic and the Raptors. The team from The Great White North, has had a good start to the season and are currently No. 3 in the Eastern Conference standings. Tip-off from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto is set for 7 p.m.