Magic can’t stop Pacers

After making it rain from 3-point land against the Clippers, the Magic missed 21 3-pointers in a 107-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. But offense wasn’t the problem for the Magic. They struggled to slow down Danny Granger and Co. Granger had 33, TJ Ford had 21 and Troy Murphy had 20. The Pacers made 28 of 31 free throws. And the Magic couldn’t get the stops they needed to make a run at the end of the game. When the Magic lost Jameer Nelson, they lost his 17 points per game. When you throw in Anthony Johnson’s offensive output, that means the Magic will have to give up 8-10 less points per game to maintain their current pace. That’s simply not going to happen. The Magic have to turn into a defensive-minded team, and that’s something Stan Van Gundy has stressed ever since Jameer went down.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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