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The Magic were not known for their scoring last year. Really, they were not known for very much.
With young players though, offense usually comes before defense. Defense is an acquired taste that takes years of work. That part will come.
Right now though, the Magic want to get a more consistent offensive attack with their young players. With Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo receiving the night off, Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo took the reigns of the offense. For the first quarter, Jacque Vaughn could not have asked more. For the rest of the game, it is certainly good that it is still the preseason.
The Magic took a 30-10 lead in the first quarter behind strong play from the Magic's young players. They were breaking and getting out in the open floor, using their athleticism to create shots at the rim and scoring opportunities from the perimeter. Turnovers derailed that initial effort -- 28 of them in the game -- and made it a game again.
Manny Harris and Romero Osby led the charge in the beginning of the fourth quarter to give the Magic the lead for good in a 102-94 win over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Monday.
Jacque Vaughn though likely will remember the turnovers. No matter what point of the year it is, 28 turnovers is a lot. Far too many.
The Magic are certainly still getting used to each other and playing Victor Oladipo at the point against the Mavs' first unit was going to lead to some mistakes. Still, 28. That is enough to make a coach lose sleep.no comments