The Orlando Magic (4-10) have a turnover problem.

Even during their 3-3 start to the season-long seven-game homestand, which concludes with a matchup vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-8) Wednesday at Amway Center, giveaways have remained an issue.

They’ve averaged 18.8 turnovers and have a turnover ratio — the number of turnovers averaged per 100 possessions — of 18.9% over the last six games, both of which are the league’s second-worst marks since the homestand started on Nov. 3.

“We talked about that before with some of the other games we lost,” Franz Wagner said to the Orlando Sentinel. “Just the way we sometimes give the other team the basketball. We don’t give ourselves a chance and it’s all self-inflicted. Which also gives us hope that it’s not anything the other team did, it’s more of what we’re doing.”

The Magic committed their second-most turnovers in Monday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets, giving the ball away 22 times for 21 Hornets points in a game they had multiple early double-digit deficits because they didn’t take care of the ball.

“Give them credit: They applied a lot of ball pressure, especially in the first half and we weren’t strong enough with the ball,” Wagner said. “Especially those live-ball turnovers…they turned them into easy points. That’s how you lose these games.”

Turnovers were a season-long issue for the Magic last year and that’s been the case through this season’s first month.

Their 17.1% turnover ratio and 17 giveaways per game are the league’s second- and third-worst marks, respectively. The 20.3 points they allow off giveaways is the league’s fifth-worst mark.

Even when they get back and play good transition defense, they mark it harder for themselves by giving opponents as many opportunities as they do in the open floor.

Giving opponents easier opportunities to score also makes it more likely the Magic will have to play against a set, halfcourt defense on the other end — harder to score against compared to a defense that isn’t set after a miss.

“Especially when you’re down in a game, sometimes we want to get it back so quickly that we make those plays,” Wagner said. “Everybody’s trying to do their best jobs. Nobody’s going to be perfect in the game but some of those mistakes we can fix and we have in the past before. Nothing new we haven’t talked about.”

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Source:: The Mercury News


Magic looking to fix a turnover problem that’s plagued them early

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