Found January 29, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
The Brooklyn Nets (27-18) had their way with the Orlando Magic (14-30) in just about every aspect of last night's game. The final score was 97-77, but you got the feeling that the gap would have been even bigger if the Nets hadn't gone third-string for much of the final quarter. It was clear that these were two teams heading in opposite directions. The Magic are heading towards the lottery. They currently boast the 4th-worst record in the league, but of the three teams below them only Charlotte looks worse. Washington has been playing much better since the return of John Wall and the Cavaliers just added a little frontcourt depth to shore up the hole left by Anderson Varejao's injury. The Magic have a really good shot at grabbing a top-tier pick in this upcoming draft. Click here to see the Magic's upcoming picks that they have acquired through various trades. In this game against the Nets, the Magic were without guard Arron Afflalo, who was suffering from a sore calf. The injury is not serious, but it was clear how much the Magic offense suffered without him. Between the four guards that saw floor-time for the Magic, they shot a measly 5 of 28 from the field. It didn't help that the Magic failed to get to the freethrow line in the first half. This has been their offensive Achilles heal. There were some positives to take from this game. Rookie Mo Harkless had his best game of the season with 16 points on 7-10 shooting. Pepper in a few steals, rebounds, and assists and you can see where the NBA's third youngest player has some serious upside. The New Jersey Nets have shaken off their December funk in the wake of the firing of head coach Avery Johnson. Interim head coach, P.J. Carlesimo, has done a great job of refocusing this group. Deron Williams is finally starting to look like the All Star point guard he has been in the past. Brook Lopez is consistently proving that he was the biggest All Star snub in the East. Last night, Reggie Evans showed why he is one of the most under-valued energy players in this league. He is an incredible rebounder who is in "beast-mode" every second that he is on the court. The Nets have a shot at doing well in the post-season if they can continue to build chemistry. The Orlando Magic will play New York's other team (or primary team, depending on whom you ask) on Wednesday night. Congratulations to Pacman, Slim, and Timothy Williams for tying for first in Monday's Crystal Ball predictions contest! Stay tuned for the next installment against the New York Knicks. The Magic Word – An Orlando Magic blog
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