Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: THE FIELD HOUSE, Orlando, FL
TV: FOX Sports activities Florida / NBA TV
Cellular: FOX Sports activities GO
Radio: 96.9 FM the Recreation / 98.1 SALSA Y MAS
ORLANDO — The Orlando Magic have a components that provides them an opportunity to upset the Jap Convention’s No. 1 seed, the Milwaukee Bucks, of their first-round playoff sequence.
Low turnover numbers, limiting factors in transition, high quality ball motion, aggressive rebounding and minimizing the variety of fouls dedicated are all important substances to that profitable recipe.
Sadly for the Magic, in Recreation 3, they had been numerous substances brief.
“Unfastened rebounds, fifty-fifty balls, (the Bucks) had been faster to the ball final evening,” Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford mentioned. “I believed the turnovers had been a giant key, clearly, and we had been minus 9 on the glass, and so they had fourteen fastbreak factors. And Giannis (Antetokounmpo) lived within the paint final evening. He was nice and we weren’t almost nearly as good as we had been earlier than that. So these are issues that we now have to re-commit to, our assist protection on he and (Eric) Bledsoe as a result of once they’re within the paint like they had been final evening it simply makes it exhausting.”
In each of their losses this sequence, the Magic have performed considerably higher within the second half. They spent a part of their movie session on Sunday breaking down the explanations for his or her sluggish begins and looking for methods to come back out in Recreation Four with extra pressure to assist them even the sequence.
“We now have to win the primary quarter (in Recreation 4),” Clifford mentioned. “We are able to’t play in opposition to a workforce nearly as good as they’re all the time from behind. It places a lot strain on you and the opposite half is if you get operating up and down the ground with them, they’re simply capable of have these six-zero, eight-zero stretches.”
The Bucks completed the common season with the NBA’s high ranked protection and once they’re capable of get a big lead, achieve momentum, collapse on motion within the paint and play at a quick tempo, they make it almost unattainable for an opponent to mount a profitable comeback effort.
“Win the primary quarter,” Magic level guard Markelle Fultz mentioned. “Simply popping out in that first quarter, our first unit and even our bench, being prepared on each ends of the ground (and) taking part in our recreation. We now have to win that first quarter. I believe that’s the large factor for us.”
Regardless of the loss in Recreation 3, there have been some positives Orlando can look to construct on. The Magic shot 47.5 % from 3-point vary, knocked down a franchise playoff-record 19 triples, pressured the Bucks to commit 19 turnovers, and performed considerably higher within the second half.
“For us, I believe it’s simply emphasizing that we’re going to get pictures, we now have to maintain capturing them and we’re going to knock them down,” Fultz mentioned. “That goes into our preparation coming into the sport and our confidence (as properly).”
In and Out: The Magic listed Aaron Gordon (strained left hamstring) and Melvin Frazier Jr. (sore decrease again) as questionable for the workforce’s fourth contest in opposition to the Bucks and Michael Carter-Williams (strained tendon, left foot) as uncertain.
Gordon continues to make progress, however as soon as once more, the figuring out issue might be how he feels on Monday after going by means of follow and exercises on Sunday.
Key Quote: “We’re all locked in. From these two losses, we notice how a lot of a gap we put ourselves in that first quarter in Recreation 2 and Recreation 3. And turnaround to see within the third quarter, starting of the fourth, how shut we’re. If we clear up some issues in that first quarter, I believe it’s a type of issues that as a unit, we’re actually nonetheless assured that we may flip this factor round.” – Gary Clark on the Magic’s mindset heading into Recreation 4.
Rivals Report: For 2 consecutive video games, Milwaukee’s on-the-ball strain has set the tone out of the gate.
Eric Bledsoe’s on-the-ball aggressiveness has prompted points for Orlando, particularly Fultz, who struggled in Recreation 3. The Magic’s major ball handler went simply 2-for-9 from the ground and was restricted to simply 5 factors and 5 assists, whereas additionally committing 5 turnovers.
“The primary half, definitely, we had been capable of put our print on it defensively,” Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned. “Total, the competitiveness of the group has been good the final two video games and we’ll want it within the subsequent recreation.”
Milwaukee was additionally given a lift by the improved play of Khris Middleton. After he went simply 5-for-20 from the ground and 2-for-10 from distance within the first two video games of the sequence, the All-Star ahead broke out for a 17-point efficiency, pulling down three triples, whereas additionally grabbing eight rebounds and dispensing six assists.
“We needed him to be aggressive and get again into his rhythm,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “He performed superb. He obtained his threes, he obtained his twos, he made his strikes, and I used to be pleased to see Kris on the market taking part in like that. We’re going to wish him. We’d like him now. We’re going to wish him sooner or later. He’s an unbelievable participant. No one can deny that.”
Additionally falling into the unbelievable participant class was Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak had arguably his simplest recreation of the sequence, notching 35 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, whereas capturing an especially environment friendly 85.7 % from the ground and 66.7 % from lengthy vary.
“All of us feed off of Giannis, his management, his power and his competitiveness,” Budenholzer mentioned of the reigning MVP. “He’s our chief and we wanted it.”