Denton: Magic vs. Clippers Analysis (1/6/14)


Vucevic, who buoyed Magic hopes after returning from an ankle injury, sustained a concussion when his head hit the floor hard midway through the third quarter. Vucevic jumped to block a Blake Griffin shot attempt, but hit the power forward as he was jumping, sending the Magic 7-footer’s body tumbling through the air and hard onto the floor.

Vucevic eventually got to his feet and sat on the bench briefly before retreating back to the locker room. It’s the second concussion in two seasons for Vucevic. He will have to pass a series of concussion protocols before he will be allowed to return, meaning he’s likely out several days.

The Magic are 0-6 this season and 1-10 in the past two years when Vucevic is out injured. Before his fall on Monday, the hope was that his return would not only benefit Orlando’s rebounding and defense, but also create space offensively for perimeter shooters.

``It was a pretty bad fall. He’s already been diagnosed with a concussion and he’ll enter the concussion protocol and we’ll leave it in the hands of the doctors now,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``I did talk to (Vucevic). He’s got a headache right now. The good thing is he’ll make it through this and we’ve just got to wait it out.’’

Orlando’s starting five contributed just 28 points with Afflalo leading the way with 12 points on five of 12 shooting. Tobias Harris had one basket and eight missed shots, while Jameer Nelson also missed eight times and had only three points.

Darren Collison led L.A. with 21 points, while DeAndre Jordan chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds. Griffin scored 16 points, had eight rebounds and six assists. The Clippers had 30 assists on their 35 field goals.

Through the years, Orlando has dominated the Clippers like no other franchise. The Magic came into Monday’s game having beaten the Clippers 11 times in the past 13 meetings, including five straight times in Staples Center.


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