Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/24/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: Everyone make Magic "disappearing" puns!

I love headline writers, especially when it comes to the Orlando Magic playing poorly. How many "disappearing act" headlines are there today?

But they're appropriate today. In a game against a very shaky Boston Celtics team that was missing five players, including Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Mickael Pietrus, the Magic mustered a franchise low 56 points in a 31 point loss.

How did that happen? It all started with the defense of 2nd year guard Avery Bradley, who picked up Jameer Nelson the second he touched the ball and never relenting. Nelson had five turnovers in the game, including an eight-second violation, and routinely started the Orlando sets with less than 15 seconds on the shot clock.

This very well could just be an anomaly in the Magic season. They could have just laid an egg, thinking they were getting an easy win facing an already struggling team missing a third of its roster. This could be, though, a turn around for the Boston Celtics, who played with more energy than they have all season. They're 7-9 now, but there are still 50 games left to play.

2: Warriors have a lot to learn

Marc Jackson is trying to teach the Golden State Warriors how to be a basketball team, rather than a collection of players that can run and score. They learned a valuable lesson last night about putting a team away.

With the Warriors up 20 at one point in the third, the Memphis Grizzlies turned it on, outscored the Warriors 39-22 in the fourth, and stole the game, 91-90. But this one hurt in Oakland.

The loss was more than just the Warriors’ third straight at home, extending the team’s losing streak to three games. It was an indictment on their proclaimed progress and a serious blow to the lofty predictions made by Jackson and the ownership.

There are chances to make a statement. There are chances to prove you are turning things around. The Minnesota Timberwolves, despite still having ups and downs, had that kind of game on Friday when they beat the Clippers on Kevin Love's last second shot.

A blowout win over Memphis would have been nice, but it could have been blown off as Memphis just not showing up. But holding off the hard-charging Grizzlies, keeping your poise, and hanging on to win... THAT would have shown something. Because, as they say, every team makes a run. But do you have the fortitude to hold off that run? The Warriors didn't, which now has a lot of people around that team asking questions that Jackson had hoped to avoid this season.

3: HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Tim Duncan calmly sinks a dagger... in the form of a running hook with a 1.4 seconds left to win the game... into the hearts of New Orleans Hornets fans.

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