Jalen Suggs as point guard sets Orlando Magic’s potential and troubles

Final

Charlotte Hornets

106

Orlando Magic

99

It is easy to see all the potential Jalen Suggs has when he is on the floor.

In the first half, Suggs rounded the corner to throw a lob to Wendell Carter for a big dunk. A little bit later, he drove toward the middle of the floor stopped and hit a pull-up jumper over a defender.

In the fourth quarter, with the Magic trailing and trying to make up ground they had slowly lost in the third and fourth quarters, he got into the paint along the baseline and whipped a pass to Gary Harris for an open three.

All those signs are there for a team that can function and a rookie who has star potential. Suggs looked to be playing under a whole lot more control and poise as the team’s lead guard.

Orlando moved the ball well to take a seven-point lead midway through the third. The team seemed to have everything in check and the ability to handle one of the league’s hottest young teams.

Then there were the moments where he and the Magic looked every bit the young, injured and struggling team their record suggests they are.

The plays where Suggs drove into the lane and got picked from behind or the ball knocked away from him on the perimeter. the times where the shot would not fall or the silly fouls away from the basket…

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