Magic Struggling Bringing Ball Up Court
Slumping teams often have trouble doing the simplest things.
The Magic had reached that point as Monday’s game approached.
Their point guards recently have faced fullcourt pressure, the Magic were having problems just bringing the ball up the floor and getting into their halfcourt offense.
The difficulties began when Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley applied fullcourt pressure on Magic point guard Jameer Nelson on Jan. 23, and the tactic was so effective that teams have continued to do it at times ever since.
On Sunday night, the Indiana Pacers often hounded Chris Duhon as he filled in for Nelson. Duhon committed four of Orlando’s 19 turnovers in the 106-85 loss.
“Yeah, we’ve got to handle that better,” (Stan) Van Gundy said. “Come on, it’s the NBA. You’ve got to get the ball up the floor.”