Jameer Nelson did whatever he wanted in the first half.
Split a double team and get into the lane for a layup? Done. Run the pick and roll to get a good look for himself or others? Done. Pull-up 3-pointers? Done.
Nelson, playing his first game since last Friday's loss to Boston, scored 18 points in the first half and controlled the tempo of the game. Nobody else on the Magic had more than four points as the defenses kept the score low and the Magic gave themselves a chance to win with their effort and defense.
The Clippers had to change their defense to bottle up this one offensive option the Magic seemed to have.
So they blitzed. Nelson had two bodies coming at him when he came around pick and rolls. When Orlando tried to get him the ball in better positions by having E'Twaun Moore run the point and moving Nelson off the ball into a quasi-J.J. Redick role coming off screens, the Clippers stuck a bigger defender like Matt Ba...