BROOKLYN, N.Y. — No two players on the
On Sunday, however, their teammates needed them.
The Magic felt the ripple effects of Nelson's and Turkoglu's injuries throughout an 82-74 loss to the
"Those are two veterans who have played basketball a long time," Vaughn said. "It's putting added pressure on the other guys."
Without Nelson and Turkoglu to space the floor, opposing defenses find it easier to swarm power forward
Without Nelson, second-year guard
Without Turkoglu, rookie
Orlando lost its fourth consecutive game.
The Magic trailed by as many as 20 points early in the second quarter, but they outplayed the Nets (3-2) the rest of the way and gave the Nets a scare down the stretch.
"There's been a few instances this year so far — and it's still early in the season — where we've fought hard," swingman
The Magic (2-4) entered the season with diminished expectations, even with Nelson and Turkoglu penciled into the lineup.
Nelson strained muscles in his groin and hamstring during the season-opener and hasn't played since. Turkoglu broke a bone in his left hand during the season-opener and will miss at least three more weeks.
Vaughn attempted to enliven the offense Sunday by starting
Redick scored 10 points on just 3-of-12 shooting and dished a game-high nine assists.
In a sign that Nelson's and Turkoglu's injuries have sapped the team of its depth, the Magic's bench managed just four points total.
The Magic crept back into the game, anyway.
A layup by Davis off a pass from Redick cut the Nets' lead to 75-70 with 2:06 left in regulation.
On the ensuing possession, Brooklyn point guard
When Davis hit another layup with 1:15 to go,
"We got up by 20 and then we started to relax a little bit," Nets coach
Vaughn lauded his team for its effort, especially after it had lost Friday night to the Nets 107-68 at
"We were a different team out there," Davis said.
"But, at the same time, we can look at it and try to find something out of it, but we didn't win. We've got to put a whole game together. We're not a team of superstars and guys that can score 40. We have to use each other."
That applies more than ever with Nelson and Turkoglu injured.
"We're missing them, but at the same time, we're growing as a team together," Vaughn said. "We're still learning, and it's given guys an opportunity."
Vaughn expects the younger players, who have received a chance to play, will be better-suited to perform once Nelson and Turkoglu return.
Still, those two veterans can't return quickly enough.