Jacque Vaughn challenged his team at halftime, asking who was going to be the aggressor in Monday's game against the Timberwolves. Were the Magic going to step up to the plate and meet the physicality their opponents brought to them in the first half or would they allow Minnesota to dictate the pace, the score and the physicality of the game.
Orlando has not had to face many opponents who will be able to control the glass and bully the teamaround quite like Minnesota can wtih Kevin Love and Nikola Vucevic providing brute force in the paint. It seemed like the Timberwolves had worn down the Magic's patience and desire soem at the end of the second quarter. Glen Davis took a technical foul and the Magic gave up an 11-2 run in the final two minutes of the half to trail by 12 entering the locker room.
Something changed though. Vaughn's challenge to his team was answered.
Orlando became the aggressors, battling Pekovic and Love out of the paint and doing a better ...