Monday's loss to the Heat was the first national exposure for the post-trade Orlando Magic. It came a little sooner than perhaps expected because the Heat are on that incredible win streak and the Heat flexed their muscles with that impressive 20-2 run in the third and fourth quarters that turned a two-point deficit into a rout.
This whole season, particularly the end of it, has been about getting Orlando's young players experience and letting them learn through experience after being brought along rather slowly at the early part of the season.
This entire season has been about how these guys grow.
We have talked a bunch about how they have done that with specific focus on the first round picks -- Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless (acquired by Philadelphia). Those two are very much part of the current cornerstones for this franchise moving forward.
Monday was largely the first time for them on a national stage, and both kind of fizzled out. Nicholson spra...