Denton: Magic vs. Kings Analysis (1/10/14)


By John Denton
Jan. 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO – When the ball movement and player movement that have been hallmarks of the Orlando Magic’s improved offensive play of late inexplicably left them on Friday night, the results were rather predictable.

The Magic’s top offensive threats couldn’t shoot straight and the rest of the team was unable to generate much offense despite facing a Sacramento Kings team that has been defensively inept most of the season. And to make matters worse for an already short-handed Magic team, it might have lost standout guard Arron Afflalo ``for a couple of days’’ to a right foot strain.

When Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis, Jameer Nelson and Afflalo all struggled on the same night, the results weren’t pretty for a Magic squad that hit droughts in the second and third quarters and lost 103-83 to the Kings.

``We’re getting much better defensively and we’re much-improved as a team defensively, but we’ve got to get back to a higher level offensively and get our (shooting) percentages back up,’’ said Afflalo, who had an X-ray on his foot after the game that proved negative. ``We have to limit our turnovers. A lot of that responsibility offensively falls on myself and I have to be better.’’


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