The Orlando Magic have struggled on defense lately, even since Glen Davis, their most rugged, most effective low-post defender, returned from a dislocated left shoulder Jan. 14.
In his pregame availability with the media before tonight’s game, Jacque Vaughn offered his clearest assessment yet on why the Magic’s defense continues to stumble.
“It’s amazing how your mind works,” Vaughn said when asked about the problems on defense.
“I think that’s the most powerful tool that you have. Early on, when we were playing defense at an extremely great rate, we weren’t scoring the ball. So now that we’re scoring it at a decent clip, you have to convince yourself that there’s a job to be done on the other end as well and that if my shots don’t go in, that doesn’t affect my approach on the other end. And it’s really that simple.”
He was then asked if there is a letdown in concentration on the defensive end.
“I’d say in doing it over and over and over again, which takes a heightened concentration,” Vaughn said.
The numbers below — culled from the NBA’s statistical database — show that the Magic are playing better offensively now than they did before Davis was injured but not as well as they were during Davis’ absence.
Defensively, the team has been only slightly better since Davis’ return.
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