The Orlando Magic lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 86-81 on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies used a suffocating defense to end the Magic’s 3-game winning streak. This was an ugly basketball game, in which both teams looked ready for the All-Star break. The Magic had very little energy on offense, which allowed the Grizzlies to limit the Magic to 41 percent shooting from the field.
Here are the three takeaways from the Magic loss.
Arron Afflalo’s disappearing act
Heading into the All-Star break, Arron Afflalo has undoubtedly been the best player for the Magic. However, over the course of the Magic’s 3-game winning streak, Afflalo has not once scored 20 points or more. In Sunday’s win against the Indiana Pacers, Afflalo only had seven points and on Wednesday, he scored just 10 points. All 10 of Afflalo’s points came in the 2nd half as he was a complete non factor in the 1st half.
Nikola Vucevic outplays Marc Gasol
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic outplayed Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. Vucevic has been outstanding since returning from a concussion in late January. Gasol left the game in the 2nd half with an apparent shoulder injury with four points. Meanwhile, Vucevic put together a double-double performance of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Magic big men no match for Zach Randolph
The Orlando Magic had no answer for Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph. Neither Glen Davis nor Andrew Nicholson were able to provide any sort of resistance against the Grizzlies’ big man. Randolph finished the game with a game-high 20 points.
The Magic are off for the rest of the week due to the All-Star break. While there are no Magic players participating in the All-Star game, two Magic players will be taking part in the weekend’s festivities. Magic rookie Victor Oladipo will participate in two events: The Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the rookie-sophomore game) and the skills competition. Afflalo will be participating in the 3-point shootout and very well could win the competition due to him being a high volume 3-point shooter, who shoots at a high percentage.