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Magic continue to struggle on road

Harris has steppd up big
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The Orlando Magic (12-35) has had a horrible month of January. The Magic have only been able to mustard together two victories in the first month of 2014 and only three total victories on the road all season. The Magic are the worst team on the road in the NBA this season. Orlando has just not been competitive night in and night out as their only two victories this month came against the Boston Celtics (15-33) and Los Angeles Lakers (16-30). The Magic dropped their two games earlier this week on the road against the Toronto Raptors (24-21) on Wednesday while only managing to score 83 points. The Magic also fell to the Detroit Pistons (18-27) on Tuesday night as they only scored 87 points. The good news for the Magic is Nik Vucevic returned to the lineup and looked good on Wednesday night as he racked up 16 points and 10 rebounds.

It may be time to start looking at the head coach. Jacque Vaughn has only been with the team for two seasons but he is simply not getting the job done. The Magic have plenty of young talent and need to get out in the open court more. The pick and roll offense with Jameer Nelson is not working anymore without Dwight Howard. The Magic’ offense need to score more points on a nightly basis if they want to be competitive. This offense really needs to pick up their game. Orlando has dropped ten straight road games with poor shooting performances. Nelson may need to be traded to keep this young growing team together. Tobias Harris has been playing very well with increased playing time whileVictor Oladipo has been fantastic this year and was selected to the Rising Stars Challenge. These young core of players need to get out in transition for this team to be successful.

The Magic return home on Friday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks (8-37). This is the worst team in the league so in theory the Magic should be able to beat this team at home. The young players coming off the bench play much better at home. With Vucevic back hopefully the Magic can turn it around on Friday night at the Amway Center. Glen Davis was too under-sized to play center for this team and the Magic really struggled without Vucevic. Now that their defensive anchor has returned the Magic should be able to string together some victories.

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