Cohen 8-Ball: Reasons For Recent Magic Success


Some would have assumed that Arron Afflalo would be disenchanted – and in effect disengaged – after getting snubbed from the All-Star Game. However, it has been the complete opposite. Afflalo has been more motivated and out to prove he deserved to be named amongst the Eastern Conference’s elite. While his scoring has dipped slightly over the last month, the rest of his stat line has improved. The double teams he has commended has allowed Afflalo to be more of a facilitator.

Afflalo also deserves praise for ignoring all the constant trade rumors. It’s not easy for players to disregard speculation and uncertainty, but he has done a tremendous job not getting distracted.