Jacque Vaughn - US PRESSWIRE
The veteran forward shot 5-of-6 on three-pointers as the Nets defeated the Magic on Friday.
If you weren't expecting Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace to knock down five-of-six 3-pointers in the Orlando Magic's loss to Brooklyn on Friday, well, you're in good company: the barrage caught Magic coach Jacque Vaughn by surprise as well, as he explained later in the post-game press conference:
"Gameplan-wise, we didn't anticipate Gerald Wallace going 5-of-6 from three and scheme-wise we wanted to keep them out of the paint and try to contain [Deron] Williams and they made shots. Gerald made shots, and it made a very big difference in the game." Vaughn said.
The Nets shot 11-of-20 from the three-point line whereas the Magic went 1-of-11. For the Magic, it's difficult to win games with that much of a discrepancy in threes.
"The ball went in for them and it didn't go in for us." Vaughn said. "I think we had good looks tonight from three and they just didn't go in and that's part of basketball. So that means that you have to not allow second chance points and you have to convert opportunities at the rim when you get them and you have to continue to play together."
Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo explained how Orlando can improve:
"I think we can play with a little more energy, but everyone is trying and we are still figuring it out." Afflalo said. "This is game 15 for us, so hopefully, whatever we are in right now, doesn't last too long. It might be good to get out on the road a little bit and see some new environments. Hopefully we make some changes so we can come back home and represent well."
The Magic are now 5-10 and that record makes Glen Davis unhappy.
"We have to do whatever it takes to get a win." Davis said. "You get tired of losing. We are trying to win ballgames and we have to learn. It hurts. It really hurts, but it is what it is. We want to get a win. We understand that it takes time, and it takes work, but you don't want to start tasting these L's. I just need to do what I can for our team and make sure that we get as many wins as possible."