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All good things must come to an end.
They especially must come to an end when you shoot 39.8 percent from the floor, miss 10 of 29 free throws (but, hey at least there were 29 free throw attempts) and commit 20 turnovers which turn into 25 Celtics points.
Boston came back from a 12-point Orlando lead and scored a big bucket from Kelly Olynyk late to take a late lead. Arron Afflalo, with the Magic down by three, hit a jumper from the corner, but his foot was (clearly) over the line. It counted for only two points and reminded me of Opening Night 1996 when Gerald Wilkins appeared to have a game-tying 3-pointer but the officials ruled his foot was on the line and the Magic were upset in the season opener.
It happened again and the Magic lost 91-89 at Amway Center to the Celtics on Friday, snapping their three-game win streak.
Turnovers will undo any offense
The Magic were not going to be an offensive juggernaut every night. This is a team that lacks a true go-to scorer, although Nikola Vucevic will make us think otherwise after scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds (really dominating the first quarter offensively with 12 points in the quarter when the Magic were playing at their best). The margin for error, even when taking 29 free throws, is still relatively thin.
Orlando's improved defense has certainly alleviated some of the concerns of this hole in the roster. The Magic have the faith that they did not have last year that they can keep the score down when they are going through scoring droughts.
Still 20 turnovers turning into 25 points is not going to win many games. Even with a defense that is playing so well.
Jameer Nelson had seven of the team's 20 turnovers, not a good sign from the team's starting point guard. He had seven assists to somewhat counteract that, but it usually feels like a turnover hurts more than an assist helps. Vucevic, after that 12-point first quarter, had only two more points and turned the ball over four times.
The Celtics swarmed him better and got hi off his spots as the Magic struggled to get him the ball.no comments