By John Denton
March 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Cool even in the toughest of times this season, Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn finally lost his temper on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and wasn’t around to see the frustrating finish to the game.
Vaughn not only picked up his first technical foul of his young coaching career, but he got ejected midway through the third quarter when he disputed a double technical foul call on Magic center Kyle O’Quinn and Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Vaughn argued the call, continued to stay out on the court and was thrown out of the game by veteran referee David Jones.
It was that kind of frustration-filled night for an Orlando team that struggled to generate any sort of consistent offense against an Indiana team that is statistically the best defensive squad in the NBA.
Despite missing two starters (David West and Danny Granger) and struggling with fatigue (playing a fourth game in five nights), Indiana still had enough firepower to smother the Magic and win 95-73.
``I guess it was just an accumulation of the game,’’ Vaughn said of his ejection while clearly choosing his words carefully. ``We had a player who got hit in the mouth … it was just part of the game. I’m not going to lose anymore (fine) money. It was a tough game.’’
Much like during his playing career when he picked up just two technical fouls in 12 NBA seasons, Vaughn had remained positive all season even in the face of many struggles from the Magic (18-50). And he never even came close to picking up a technical foul in his first 67 games as a NBA head coach.
But Vaughn clearly had seen enough on Tuesday night after the Magic scored just 12 points in the first quarter (tying a season low), 29 points in the first half (two points more than all-time franchise record) and they needed 29 minutes to break the 40-point barrier.
``In the heat of the game like that when some things don’t go our way that’s just passion from (Vaughtn) as a coach fighting for us as players,’’ Magic forward Tobias Harris said. ``He didn’t like some of the calls that were going on out there and he expressed his mind. He’s a calm coach, but that’s just one thing that got him going.’’
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