The Orlando Magic were involved in another blowout Friday night. They were just on the opposite end of the scoreboard on this occasion. The final score was not indicative of the distance between the two teams.
The Magic defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 113-102 in a battle between the two worst teams in the NBA. On this night, there was a clear separation between the current holders of the No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks. Even before tip-off, the Bucks faced an uphill battle due to injuries to four key contributors: Carlos Delfino due to surgery on his right foot, O.J Mayo sat out with flu-like symptoms, Zaza Pachulia, with a right foot fracture and Ekpe Udoh who is dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Let’s take a look at the three other takeaways from the Magic victory.
The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled recently with its transition defense. Friday’s game against the Magic was no exception. The young Magic squad battered the Bucks in the open court, scoring 20 fast break points against the short-handed Bucks.
Injury to Jameer Nelson
Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson played the entire 1st quarter. However, the veteran guard did not play for the remainder of the game due to a sore left knee.
Update from Magic-Bucks: Jameer Nelson’ won’t return. He’s either out with sore knee or he’s just bored stiff
— Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) February 1, 2014
The extent of injury is unknown. Nelson scored two points and dished out four assists in his only quarter of play.
Arron Afflalo Responds to All-Star Snub
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo is having an outstanding season that is worthy of playing in the NBA All-Star game. However, Afflalo was left off the Eastern Conference roster on Thursday. Despite the disappointment, Afflalo responded to the snub with resolve and an All-Star worthy performance against the Bucks. He had a game-high of 21 points. His hot shooting began at the beginning of the game.
With a minute left in the 1st quarter, Arron Afflalo has 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 1, 2014
The next game for the Magic will be against the Boston Celtics on Super Bowl Sunday. This will be the final match up of the season between the two teams. The Celtics have a 2-1 edge over the Magic. The first lost being a 91-89 loss on Nov. 8 in Orlando, with the other loss being a 120-105 loss just three days later on Nov. 11 in Boston. The Magic victory came on Jan. 19 in a 93-91 win at home. Tip-off from the TD Garden in Boston is set for 1 p.m. due to the Super Bowl.