Rafer Alston’s honeymoon is over

It’s official — Rafer Alston can now be treated with the same judgments and scurrilous eyes that all players get from Magic fans. The honeymoon is over. While there’s no question that Otis Smith made the right move in acquiring Alston, last night we saw some of the reasons the Rockets were willing to trade Alston and hand over the team to Aaron Brooks. Several ridiculous turnovers — including the misguided pass that led to a Brad Miller breakaway dunk in the second half — contributed to a sloppy performance from the point guard position. Alston finished with 10 points, five assists and four turnovers, while shooting 4-of-12 from the field. In three games in Orlando, Alston is shooting 30 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range. He’s committed eight turnovers in the last two games. And his defense against Derrick Rose was laughable. Rose was stroking open jumpers all night. Dwight Howard was virtually non-existent because Rose and Ben Gordon were able to score nearly all of their 42 points outside of the paint. It’s worth noting that the Magic were -17 with Alston on the floor, and the team broke even when Anthony Johnson was on the floor. The good news is, in the long run, the Magic are in the Eastern Conference. Alston is not a huge mismatch against Rajon Rondo, Delonte West or Mo Williams. The Magic just need serviceable play out of Alston — hit 35 percent of your 3s, get the ball to your scorers, and don’t hit the opposing teams center in stride for a breakaway dunk.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily