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A feverish comeback and a new mentality for the Magic came to end exactly how they dug that hole for themselves.
Here was Glen Davis on a straight, stand-still post up against Memphis' strong interior defense trying to be the hero with the Magic down four points and a chance to really put the pressure on the Grizzlies not to blow a 22-point lead and lose another home game at FedExForum. With the defense standing and watching, waiting maybe to dig in on Davis and force a turnover. There were options on the perimeter with a Magic starting lineup that played virtually the entire second half.
Davis though buried his head in his defender as he often does and threw up a running hook that hit harmlessly off the back iron. The Grizzlies collected the rebound and set up Zach Randolph in the post and he got an and-1 that about put the game away.
For the second straight night, the Magic spotted their opponent a huge lead and an inordinate amount of threes. For the second straight night, they saw their offense stagnate and shots inexplicably fall off. For the second straight night, they made a run a little too late to make things interesting.
The team does not stop fighting, but they are still struggling to get a full 48 minute effort. The 94-85 loss to the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Monday showed that.
Orlando opened the game shooting 33.3 percent in the first half. The team failed to make a basket until there was less than seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, watching Memphis go on a 14-0 run to open the quarter and seize control of the game completely.no comments