Magic lose as Nelson sits
Mavericks 108, Magic 100
Let the accusations of tanking begin in Orlando.
The Magic's interesting near-.500 start took a significant hit Saturday night at Amway Center. The belief that the Magic are playing for the Draft Lottery are sure to get louder and more vocal after the Magic sat Jameer Nelson in favor of rookie Victor Oladipo for the entire fourth quarter.
Orlando continued to fight, trying to erase an early deficit at home. Monta Ellis scored 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki and DeJuan Blair each had 18 points.
The question is why in a close game the Magic decided to sit Nelson who had 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Victor Oladipo, for comparison, had 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting and six assists. The big number for him was his nine turnovers, including four in the fourth quarter when the game really mattered.
There is certainly going to be a time for Oladipo to learn and develop. Sitting the veteran point guard is sure to raise some questions. Especially since this might have been one of Nelson's beter performances in the early part of the season.