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Monday night was rough for the Magic.
There is no way around it. Orlando is trying to build a winning culture and winning habits and, at times, you expect winning to occur along the way in tough seasons like this. For every great moment -- like the wins over the Thunder and Pacers and the win at Chicago over the Bulls so long ago -- there are disheartening ones -- like the Monday loss to the Bucks where the Magic lost an 18-point lead and let the team with the worst record in the league dictate play and take it to them.
Call it a growing experience, I guess. There have been plenty of those this year.
Others have trotted out the "T" word in response to last night's game. And the sinking suspicion had some legs with the rotations used and some of the players Jacque Vaughn rode. Maybe it was player development, maybe it was not. We will never know. Vaughn is trying to assess the players he has.
As the Bucks made their nearly decisive 23-10 run to through the first half of the fourth quarter, frustration seemed to mount. In the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter, the Bucks held the Magic to 5-for-13 shooting while shooting 8 for 15 themselves and four for six from beyond the arc. The Bucks simply dominated.
The writing seemed on the wall at that point.
In the second half, Kyle O'Quinn played just 9:59 as Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson split much of the time at center. This from a player who was playing very well, had earned a starter's spot and had 10 points and seven rebounds in the game. O'Quinn did not check in during the fourth quarter until an inbounds pass with less than a minute to play.
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