As an example, the Magic only scored nine points in the third quarter of that loss to the Lakers.
As this was unfolding, I was pleading for more offense through the introduction of Jodie Meeks, who has been in good form recently.
Nov 16, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) celebrates after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Amway Center. The Magic won 89-82. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
He entered the game with less than a minute to go in the quarter and with the game effectively out of reach.
This is but one example of the many problems this teams faces, so soon after I proclaimed that actually everything might not be so bad after all.
But if there’s one player who should feel more wronged by than anybody else in this current predicament, it’s Nikola Vucevic.
In 36 games so far this season, Vucevic has started 16. In more recent times, he’s been used as a sixth man of sorts off the bench.
This has been to accommodate Bismack Biyombo, a summer acquisition with a reputation as a far superior defender.