Magic end preseason with loss


Joshua C. Cruey / Orlando Sentinel / MCT

Romero Osby was one of four players waived by the Magic following Friday’s game.

Victor Oladipo  scored 10 points in the Orlando Magic’s 101-82 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans in their final preseason game of the year.

Oladipo admits that its all a learning process, bouncing back from mistakes is going to take another level of basketball.

“I thought I did a good job overall, still lot to learn,” said Victor Oladipo. ”Preseason is nothing like the regular season so I’m looking forward to getting it started.”

New Orleans’ solid ball movement helped the team find high percentage shots, and seemed to be winning the battle against the Magic’s one-on-one defense as they created a 31-21 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter seemed to be a complete opposite of the first. The Magic’s great ball movement and defensive pressure lead to a 13-5 run, as the teams went into locker room at halftime all tied up 45-45.

“Well, the game is about making adjustments,” said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn during the post-game press conference. “Could be play to play, personal adjustments throughout the course of the game.

“Some of it in the preseason is trying to let them feel it out and sometimes I won’t make adjustments so hopefully they’ll make their own adjustments and be instinctive as basketball players.”

The Pelicans opened up the third quarter with a 22-6 run – playing bully mouth basketball – eclipsing their lead to 73-58. Forward Al-Farouq Aminu scored 9 of his 11 points in the 3rd quarter alone, as the Magic seemed to have no answer for him.

All across the board the Magic held poor shooting percentages by the end of the third, shooting 34.4% from the field, 20% from the three point line, 78.6% from the free throw line.

Brian Roberts of New Orleans  was the leading scorer of the game with 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist.

“I think during practice we’ve got a chance to have some combinations that have played with each other once we start the regular season,” said Vaughn, “So I’m pretty confident that our guys will be able to adjust to each other once we all get healthy.”

Orlando takes on the Indiana Pacers for the season opener Oct.29 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Magic will play their first regular season home game on Nov. 1 against these same Pelicans.

“This is a great defensive group, a team built to win,” Arron Afflalo said on playing Indiana. “So its a great test for us and i’m looking forward to it.”