The Magic are playing at a faster pace this year compared to last. That was part of what Jacque Vaughn wanted to build and create with this young team. It is how he is going to get the most out of the high-flying wings and guards on his roster like Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless. Obviously the Magic have not seen it at its fullest yet.
There is also a dark side to playing fast. The other team plays fast with you. And when you have a team that also likes to push the pace and uses their defense to do so that can lead to problems for a young offense.
Against the Celtics and Heat most notably, the Magic's desire to push the pace and dictate tempo through speed backfired. Those teams used a pressure defense to turn the Magic over and turn the pace of play against them.
If the Magic want to dictate tempo, there has to be balance between doing so while still valuing possession of the ball.
"It is a nice balance of, I think the key word you said was dictating," Jacque Vaughn said. "We want to get up and down and push the pace. It is something we had been doing pretty successfully. But their pressure put us in a position where now our decision making is a little at question."
So far this season, the Magic are playing at a pace of 98.3 possessions per game, a significant increase over the 94.5 possessions per game the team averaged last year. The team is scoring 10.0 percent of its points on the fast break this year compared to 10.6 percent last year.no comments