Riding a 3-game losing skid heading into Friday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Orlando Magic were hoping to find a way out of it’s shooting woes that have hampered the club as of late. With forward Aaron Gordon and shooting guard Evan Fournier both struggling as of late, the Magic have found it difficult to put together any kind of consistency on a night to night basis.
The same old song played again, as Los Angeles was able take advantage of a 35-point second quarter and runaway with a 120-95 win over Orlando at the Amway Center. The Magic have fallen to 2-6 under the watch of first-year head coach Steve Clifford. Orlando will take the floor again on Sunday when they take the road and face the San Antonio Spurs.
“What I want the players to understand is this: 82 games is a long time. Did we want to be 2-5? No. Have we played a lot of good basketball? Absolutely,’’ Clifford said. “We’ve played the fourth-most-difficult schedule and if you look at the advanced analytics of our quality of play, by our quality of shots and the ones we’ve given up, we should be 4-2-1.”
Through the first eight games of the 2018-2018 season, Orlando looks as if they’ve may have regressed. Outside of wins over the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, the Magic haven’t been able to sustain any level of carryover from their respective wins. Add to the struggles by outside shooting and Orlando has a multitude of issues early on.
Orlando center Nikola Vucevic continued his strong okay to start the season, scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Fournier came alive against the Clippers and scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Gordon had a night to forget, scoring just four points on five shots.