Denton: Magic vs. Raptors Analysis (1/29/14)


By John Denton
Jan. 29, 2014

Toronto – Nikola Vucevic was back on the floor Wednesday night to shore up the Orlando Magic’s recent problems of rebounding the basketball. The problem, however, was that there weren’t too many missed shots to rebound early in the game.

The Toronto Raptors opened Wednesday’s game by making eight straight 3-pointers in the first quarter and nine in a row at one point to break the game wide open. They also made an eye-popping 11 of 14 3-pointers in the first half to end the suspense early in a 98-83 defeat of the Magic at Air Canada Centre.

After getting badly outrebounded in losses to New Orleans and Detroit earlier in the week, Orlando (12-35) couldn’t slow down Toronto (24-21) on the perimeter even though it was without leading scorer DerMar DeRozan.

``They were more aggressive on both ends of the court than us and they were attacking off the pick-and-roll,’’ Magic point guard Jameer Nelson. ``We were just too soft defensively. One of the things we need to get better at is the effort thing. That’s blocking out and running back in transition.’’


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