Denton: Magic vs. Nuggets Analysis (1/11/14)


By John Denton
Jan. 11, 2014

DENVER – Orlando Magic point guard Victor Oladipo had his head up and was looking for someone to pass to when Denver’s Kenneth Faried poked the ball away and dunked on the other end as he was fouled by the Magic rookie.

Not to be outdone, Oladipo came back on the next possession and drove fearlessly down the lane. He launched his body into the power forward, absorbed a blow and sent the 228-pounder to the floor. And after flipping in the shot, Oladipo glared at Faried to let him know that he wouldn’t be backing down any time soon.

The Magic were badly undermanned and overmatched on Saturday night without standouts Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic – and for a time – Jameer Nelson, but the sequence between Oladipo and Faried spoke volumes about Orlando’s willingness to fight even in the face of slim odds. Orlando fell behind big early, continued to fight in the second half and stayed competitive before eventually falling 120-94 to the surging Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

``I just wanted to move onto the next play. It’s basketball and things like that (turnover) are going to happen,’’ Oladipo said. ``I’m not shooting it well and I’m not playing well right now, but I just have to keep playing. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel even though it seems like it keeps getting worse and worse. But we’ve just got to keep playing.’’


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