There were some new faces in Magic uniforms Saturday. They barely had time to learn basic plays in a walk through. Figuring out where these new pieces fit in the course of the season and on the fly -- let alone on the fourth game in five nights and a night after a seven-player performance -- is difficult in itself.
Saturday was going to be a difficult game any way you cut it. The regular rotation players were undoubtedly exhausted and the new players were playing on instinct alone.
So maybe the 118-94 final score in favor of the Cavs at Amway Center on Saturday does not say much. Maybe this was a schedule loss that combined the effects of a long stretch of games with the shock and emotion of a trade with the complexities of adding three new players to the rotation.
Perhaps all those factors played into the final score. So long as none of the issues that made a tie game at halftime into a rout. Then again, when you have lost 27 of 30 games, it all seems like a list of compounding issues keeping the team from victory.
Kyrie Irving did not beat Orlando. Rather it was the Magic beating themselves in a lot of ways. Some of it unavoidable -- the unfamiliarity of playing together and fatigue perhaps setting in -- some of it certainly self-inflicted.no comments