Ugly win for Atlanta is an even uglier loss for Orlando
“I really don’t know what to say about that one.” That was the opening quote from Stan Van Gundy’s post game press conference. He then proceeded to call the game “bad basketball” in about 57 different variations. Stan may be stubborn but at least he is self-aware. He even put just as much of the blame on himself following tonight’s 80-74 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The game was rarely exciting and was predominantly filled with low energy and missed shots. For a game where neither team ever had a double-digit lead, it’s hard to express how painstaking it was to watch.
Vince Carter led the Magic with 18 points on 8-16 shooting while grabbing 8 rebounds. He showed short stretches of brilliance but was unable to keep it up for the entire game. While Dwight Howard (14 and 13), Mickael Pietrus and J.J. Redick all returned from the infamous stomach bug, Jameer Nelson did not and was sent home sick. His reserves didn’t do much to replace his production combining for only 9 points, 2 assists and 3 turnovers.
It’s almost pointless to harp on the poor performance of the team tonight because nobody came to play. Hell, the crowd was even asleep for most of the game until the game down to the last few minutes. The team is better than this and will show it in the future. For now, it’s best to just put this one behind where it belongs.
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