After losing Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers a year ago it was clear that the Orlando Magic would struggle, and this showed in their NBA opener against the Indiana Pacers.
To be fair, the Pacers are a very strong team with Roy Hibbert grabbing 16 rebounds and star Paul George netting 24 points.
Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn will also try to take away many positives from the game. His team is clearly not the most skilled, but still put up a good fight.
The lead changed between the two teams several times during the night, and even outscored the Pacers by nine points in the second quarter.
Unfortunately for them, in the last two quarters the Magic were outscored by a pumped up Pacers team 43 to 57.
Andrew Nichols was the Magic's bright-spot on the night, scoring 18 points. Victor Oladipo, the Magic's first draft choice and the second pick overall, only had 12 points and added three turnovers which is something he will need to work on.
The Magic continue their campaign against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday October 30th and will be hoping to grab their first win of the season.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms