Denton: Magic at Grizzlies Analysis (12/9/13)


By John Denton
Dec. 9, 2013

MEMPHIS – The West Tennessee area braced for a nasty rain-snow-and-ice mix to blanket the region on Monday night and temperatures were expected to dip into the low 20s.

Unfortunately for the Orlando Magic, it was as if someone flung open the doors to the FedEx Forum on Monday and let the bitterly cold conditions inside considering their frigid shooting most of the game.

Just a night after shooting 34.4 percent in a frustrating loss in Houston, Orlando suffered through another poor shooting performance in frosty Memphis. The Magic slogged through a 30-point first half, made an impressive push in the second half, but slipped again late in a 94-85 loss to the Grizzlies.

Orlando (6-15) lost its sixth consecutive game and for a fifth time in a row on this six-game, 12-day road trip. The Magic fell again because they shot less than 30 percent much of the first half, went through another cold stretch late in the fourth and finished up shooting just 40 percent.

``A lot of wrongs can be righted if the ball just goes in the basket. It’s really that simple sometimes,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``It’s the NBA and when the ball goes in the basket you help yourself on both ends of the floor.’’


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