Denton: Magic vs. Rockets Analysis (10/16/13)


O’Quinn had six points and five rebounds, but his production for the Magic (1-3) will never be measured by statistics because of the gritty nature of his play. He stuffed Houston’s Donatas Motiejunas at the rim on a dunk attempt, showed hard on several screen-and-roll plays and was solid in the post. And offensively, he confidently stroked a baseline jumper and hammered down a put-back dunk in the third quarter.

Finally, O’Quinn played like the scrappy defender who made the Magic’s roster last season because he was willing to do the dirty work. And finally, he played more carefree – something that Magic coach Jacque Vaughn and veteran point guard Jameer Nelson have been instructing him to do for the last two weeks.

``That’s my biggest battle, relaxing,’’ O’Quinn said. ``I love Coach (Vaughn) for being patient with me and saying the right things at the right times. The main thing is going out there and doing the same things that you do over and over in practice in the games.

``Jameer (Nelson) has told me so many times, `It’s just basketball.’ But you just want to do so much for your team to win because a win is so much better than a loss,’’ O’Quinn continued. ``Sometimes I put a little pressure on myself, so that’s my biggest challenge right now.’’



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