Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Baby Boosts Bench, Magic Lose to Woeful Wizards

Orlando was an abysmal 1-10 in Glen Davis' absence due to a left shoulder sprain. Big Baby's return off the bench provided an immediate impact. Glen's efficient 13 points would not matter, as the worst offense in basketball was a buzzsaw of precision power scoring at the Verizon Center. Jacque Vaughn's crew were annihilated 120-91 in what can only be described as a forgettable evening. The Magic win-loss record is now 13-24. It got so bad I was waiting for Hedo to check in. Didn't happen. Two of Washington's 7 victories have now come against Orlando this season. Oh, E'Twaun Moore also returned having recovered from a sprained left elbow.

The Wizards are more than dangerous when healthy. Randy Wittman has his team constantly running with John Wall at the helm. The fastbreak point differential was 17-1 late in the 2nd period as Orlando appeared to be a ragged roster coming off a West Coast trip. It also helps Washington when Emeka Okafor is notching early double-doubles, Trevor Ariza mirrors the NBA champion he is, Jan Vesely doesn't look completely useless, and Bradley Beal continues to not play like a scared rookie.

Orlando was down by 19 at one instant in the second period before Jameer went into hero mode and spearheaded a one minute and thirty-seven outstanding 13-0 run in favor of the men in black heading into the locker room. The Magic trailed 53-59 at the break as their D.C. hosts put up 53.8 FG% in the half. Nelson was already sitting on fourteen points and 9 assists. 

Arron Afflalo began his evening 0-for-8 before finally making a wide open lay-up midway through the 3rd period. Adding insult to injury, Beal was a nightmare to guard. Orlando looked out of it on both ends. Couldn't spread the court and there was no defending in sight. The Wizards came into Monday night averaging 89.4 points per game, which is bottom of the league.

Well, Washington held a comfy 96-77 advantage going to the 4th period and already posted their most fastbreak points of the season. You could have turned the television off and nothing would have been missed from this grim outcome. Orlando flies back to the City Beautiful to host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

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