Post Game Reactions: Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls

The Orlando Magic failed to pass the century mark in scoring for the first time this season. Orlando was outplayed from start to finish and ended up with a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls 105 – 83.

Going into the game Orlando would have the challenge of replacing the production of their first and second string point guards. With DJ Augustin being injured in the Magic last game in Memphis and Elfrid Payton not quite ready for action Orlando leaned on Shelvin Mack at point guard. The absence of Payton and Augustin were felt throughout this game as Orlando failed to ever get into the flow of their offense. The defense end of the floor was no better as Chicago had little resistance scoring. While Orlando did manage to take the lead for a short time the effort used to get the lead drained them. The Magic seemed out of sorts the entire game and never looked to be a cohesive unit.

Chemistry

What looked to be the Orlando Magic of the past 4 seasons returned to the Amway Center against the Bulls. While many will downplay the importance of chemistry, there is no denying that it was missing for Orlando tonight. After Elfrid Payton suffered his injury it was assumed that Orlando would regress slightly was DJ Augustin is not the creator that Payton is. However, when the Magic kept winning the narrative turned to Augustin being a better shooter than Payton, which opens up the floor. None of these observations are necessarily wrong. The main factor in the early success of this

The main factor in the early success of this team, however, was their chemistry. Payton has played with Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon since he was a rookie. DJ Augustin came aboard last season and even started over Payton for stretches of the year. Having that familiarity with your teammates and knowing their tendencies is a big part of long-term success. After seeing how the offense flowed with Shelvin Mack at the point shows how much chemistry is needed on this team. Mack is good in small spurts and even great when paired with the rest of the newcomers on the team. Placing him in the starting role just threw Orlando’s rotation off. Not only was the starting lineup affected, the bench was effected as well.

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Defensive Rotations

Aside from the offense never getting it going, the Magic were constantly late on rotations. They exerted so much effort trying to muster up some offense that they were gassed on the defensive end. While trying to make a comeback in the third and fourth quarters Chicago came up with wide open three-point shots. Many of the open looks came on second efforts. Orlando would play great initial defense and then 4 passes later someone is left open with no one within 10 feet of them.

The Orlando Magic next game is Sunday versus the Boston Celtics.

Pregame: What to Watch For, Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls

The Orlando Magic return home to the Amway Center to face the Chicago Bulls. The Magic went 3-1 on a short road trip and not lost a home game yet this season. Will the Magic continue to take care of home?

The Orlando Magic are continuing to surprise the NBA. After pulling out the win at Memphis Orlando improved to 6-2 tieing for the leagues best record with the Boston Celtics. The Chicago Bulls are a team in complete rebuild mode and are currently 1-5. The Orlando Magic have to be careful not to take the Bulls lightly. Orlando will face the Celtics on Sunday and very well may be playing for the best record in this early NBA season. Not overlooking the will be the focus for this team tonight. Here are a few things to look out for in tonight’s matchup.

Point Guard Play

The Orlando Magic have ruled out Elfrid Payton and DJ Augustin for this game. That leaves the Magic with Shelvin Mack as the lone point guard available. With injuries to the first and second string point guards Coach Frank Vogel will need to be creative with his lineups tonight. Orlando has used some lineups where there was no true point guard on the court. Jonathon Simmons has walked the ball up court and initiated some offense for Orlando for stretches and will probably see even more of that tonight. Regardless of who is playing point guard for the Magic tonight, Orlando should dominate at that position. Look for the Orlando Magic to control the game at the point guard spot.

Rebounding

The Chicago Bulls are the third best rebounding team in the NBA. The Magic are currently ranked 18th. Chicago also gives up the third most rebounds to its opponents. Orlando has really struggled to keep opposing teams off the glass and end possessions. Although Chicago is dead last in points per game (90) Orlando cannot give up second-chance points. Orlando has to make a conscious effort to get rebounds off of missed shots particularly on the defensive end.

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Pace

Without the services of a second point guard, the Magic will likely push the ball even more tonight. The point guard directs the offense and gets everyone into position. Having Aaron Gordon, Jonathon Simmons or Terrence Ross grab the rebound off of a miss will lead to transition buckets instead of looking to setup a play. The Bulls are third from the bottom in pace, hence the low amount of points per game. The Magic love to run and will get started early going up and down the court. Getting baskets in transition instead of running set plays will be a must tonight. Look for the Magic to push the pace early and often.

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