Magic play NJ tough but lose 8th in a row
I guess Coach Hill lied yesterday when he said that the 3 minutes Darko saw against CLE would be the fewest he would ever see, because he played no minutes at all against NJ. There's no excuse at all for not giving Darko at least 20-25 minutes a game, and gradually build it up as he becomes more familiar with the offense. The kid needs to play, and there's no excuse not to play him. Look how well Carlos Arroyo played... 13 pts, 4 assists in 27 minutes.
The Magic outscored NJ from the field 74-72, while outshooting them 52.9% to 42.3 %. But the Magic struggled from the FT line, as they were outscored 24-19 while shooting only 61.3%, while NJ shot 88.9%. Magic were outrebounded 41-36 (15-8 on the offensive glass) and had 16 TOs to NJ's 12. Like last night, 3 members of the opposing team scored over 20 pts (Kidd 28, Jefferson 23, and Carter 22). Four ORL players scored in double figures, led by KDooling, who had an outstanding game as the starting PG (23 pts 6 assists but 5 TOs). Magic bench scored 28 pts, led by Arroyo's 13.
We should have known that Hill would play a veteran like Augmon for 37 minutes ( 7 pts 6 rebs), and also play Garrity 21 minutes (7 pts), while not playing Darko. Will Darko get meaningful playing time at home on Friday vs Seattle? Knowing how stubborn BHill is... I don't know.