Recap: Hawks 86, Magic 80

December 12, 2012

The Orlando Magic had an extremely successful West Coast, earning impressive victories over the Lakers, Warriors and Suns in the process.

However, there was still one bad habit they were looking to kick in their first contest back at Amway Center in five games: slow starts.

Instead of improving the issue, the Magic went from bad to worse, finding themselves in a 16-2 hole against Atlanta early in the first quarter.

“It’s killing us,” Magic forward Glen Davis said of Orlando’s slow starts. “As captain I take it upon myself to get us going.”

Orlando eventually erased the majority of the deficit, trimming the Hawks’ lead to five at the end of the quarter.

But in similar fashion to their road losses to Utah and Sacramento, the Magic burned themselves out by fighting from behind.

“You have to expend a lot of energy to put yourself back in the game,” Orlando Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained. “We will keep looking at it as a coaching staff and we’ll see what is best moving forward.”

Vaughn also stated that the team would let “this game subside” before making any judgments on potential lineup changes to jumpstart the team’s offense.

Still, regardless of who is in the lineup, the Magic are well aware they’re going to have to come with more energy out of the gate.

“We can’t afford to sleepwalk into games,” guard Arron Afflalo said. “That falls a lot on the guys who start the game more so than anybody.”
"The guys that start the game have to change the way they play which includes myself, I'm not alienating anybody, that's all five of us. The way we start the game has to be with a lot more energy. One of us, next game, will take it upon ourselves to make sure that it happens." - Magic guard Arron Afflalo.
This Statline of the Night goes to J.J. Redick. The Magic guard notched 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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