Magic defeat Rockets in 2nd SL game

The Magic have put on a suffocating defensive display throughout the first half or so of the game.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Houston 69 Final 80.9 36.0 20.0 14.8 41.2
Orlando 87 Pace: 83.6 104.0 51.5 33.3 16.9 47.7

Orlando held Houston to 3-for-18 shooting in the first quarter and were in sync defensively. The Rockets found little space to create offensively with Dewayne Dedmon and Vernon Macklin providing some nice presence inside and the Magic’s perimeter defense doing a good job rotating and cutting off driving lanes. The help defense is there too as this looks like a defense of a team that is more than just a Summer League squad.

It definitely waned as the game went on, but the Magic built their lead big enough to hold off any run at their lead.

Elfrid Payton recovered from a rough first outing, showing a lot more patience on the pick and roll and attacking the paint more rather than succumbing to the traps. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Magic. Aaron Gordon had nine points.

It has been an oddly exciting team effort from the Magic’s team for a Summer League game.

Victor Oladipo is sitting out today’s game.

Magic Wands: vs. Rockets

Orlando, Fla.

(0-1, 1.5 Pts.) vs. (1-0, 6 Pts.)   
Time/TV: 5 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 76; Monday vs. Houston; Tuesday vs. Memphis; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Houston 91.2 97.5 107.5 55.8 30.0 21.9 30.4
Orlando 83.9 98.9 90.1 52.2 30.3 18.1 26.1

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What to Watch at Summer League

The Magic’s Summer League kicked off with a win Saturday against the 76ers thanks to a strong performance from Victor Oladipo and a pretty strong and solid defense.

Orlando has the day off Sunday and will return to action Monday at 5 p.m. against Houston’s squad.

In the meantime, Summer League chugs along for its second day today [Sunday] with three games. One of the key storylines I am watching (I list plenty others over at Crossover Chronicles) is the play of sophomores like Victor Oladipo:

The Magic are a young team. That has been the case for the last three years. But now they have dumped Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson. The leadership responsibilities have clearly been turned over to the young guys. Victor Oladipo will be relied on a whole lot more on both ends of the floor.

Oladipo is one of the sophomore players that will be looked upon to step up and show some of that improvement and consistency throughout the week. He will obviously get a lot more possessions this year — his usage rate was a robust 24.4 percent last year — and he will have to be more efficient with them too.

Oladipo has already turned in a strong showing in his first game. He will likely play one, maybe two, more games before shutting it down for these Summer League games. He looked really poised one game in and was pretty clearly the best player for the Magic, and perhaps, on the floor in that first game Saturday.

Be sure to read my other storylines to watch.

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Magic defeat Sixers 83-77 in Summer League opener

The Magic defeated the 76ers 83-77 in their Summer League opener Saturday behind a solid, poised performance from Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting to lead the Magic and was strong on the ball as the team’s starting point guard. Both Magic rookies struggled in their professional debuts. They were caught up in the pressure of the defense and in the moment and seemed to be going just a little too fast.

Gordon scored seven points to go with five rebounds and Payton had two points and five assists.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 83 Pace: 85.9 96.6 52.2 30.3 19.8 26.1
Philadelphia 76 Final 90.1 40.8 41.5 19.5 36.6

Orlando used its defense to overcome foul trouble and turnovers (typical Summer League issues). That will surely become hallmark for the team. Philadelphia did not found things easy.


Magic Wands: vs. 76ers

Orlando, Fla.

(0-0, 0 Pts.) vs. (0-0, 0 Pts.)   
Time/TV: 1 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Saturday vs. Philadelphia; Monday vs. Houston; Tuesday vs. Memphis; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR

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