The Orlando Magic may be sputtering but new life has injected itself behind the returns of scoring guard Evan Fournier, and trampoline man, Aaron Gordon.
While the Magic went 1-2 in a largely disappointing weekend following their returns, they had opportunities late in each instance. After a decisive 102-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Magic led by as many as 18 (68-50) before third and fourth quarter explosions from Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic respectively cost them the game, 117-111.
Likewise a thriller against the Brooklyn Nets saw the Magic ahead 93-90 with less than two minutes remaining behind free throws from Aaron Gordon that proved too little too late.
There left a lot to be desired in the contests. Jonathon Simmons play has regressed since being inserted into the starting lineup in place of Terrence Ross.
The Magic’s bench has suffered as of late as well, with little to no production from journeyman Arron Afflalo and Shelvin Mack.
And the news regarding Jonathan Isaac’s injury and indefinite absence will not help matters going forward either.
But Gordon continues his compelling play, having scored 39 against the Heat, Bismack Biyombo has stepped up his energy levels after being properly paired with floor spacers, and Wesley Iwundu has shown flashes of a future as a rotational piece.
Join Will Ogburn and Aaron Goldstone as they break down in great detail the previous three contests, and then at the 35:00 mark we are joined by Ben Dubose of Locked On Rockets and 790AM Houston to give you all the information you will need in advance of Wednesday night’s matchup.
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