Anez: Jacque Goes Off

WDBO Sports Director Scott Anez has seen, or listened to, every Orlando Magic game ever played! A local boy who graduated from Lake Brantley High School and UCF, Scott began his career by covering the Magic's inaugural season in 1989 and he is known as the Voice of the Magic Fan in Orlando. This is Scott's 21st season hosting FM 96.5 and AM 580 Newstalk WDBO Inside Magic, the highest rated sports talk show in Orlando. He also serves as Broadcast Host for the Orlando Magic Radio Network. Scott shares his unique take on what's happening at Two Magic Place and beyond with ANEZ SEZ. Read more of Scott's previous blogs at the Anez Sez archive or at

Posted by Scott Anez, Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:30 AM

Jacque Goes Off

I hope you heard Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn Sunday during our Magic Rewind show Sunday because, that’s about as upset as Coach Vaughn is gonna get.

No, it wasn’t Stan Van Gundy-esque by any means. However, the usually stoic and vanilla head coach gave his team something to chew on after Sunday’s loss in Toronto.

After a miserable first quarter---one of many miserable first quarters we have seen out of this team in the early season---Jacque, relatively speaking, lit into his team for the first time this season.

“There’s no other way we’re going to win if we’re not prepared.”

“If we are not ready to play at the start of the game and committed at the start of the game, then we don’t have a chance.”

I can remember hearing Stan a number of times that most NBA games are won in the first quarter--not the fourth quarter.

I still don’t know if I fully agree with that with that sentiment---but the point is well taken. If you continue to sleepwalk in the first quarter of games, it’s very difficult to climb out of holes every single night in this league.

That is especially true this season when you have a Magic team that is gonna be undermanned, for the most part, every single night.

You look at what the Magic have done on the road so far and they are constantly playing uphill.

They have played five games away from home--and in four of those five--the Magic have trailed after the first quarter.

The only road game they did not trail after the first was at Chicago---Magic led 24-23.

In every one of those four remaining road games, this team has put itself in tough spots.

Sunday, Toronto led by as many as 13 in the first--it was 32-22 raptors after the first.

At Detroit last week, Jacque’s Magic trailed 25-22 after one.

At Brooklyn, the Nets led 35-17 at the end of the first quarter.

At Minnesota, Orlando trailed 25-12.

It is a very disturbing trend, especially for a team that will have to outwork its opponents to win on a consistent basis.

And obviously, the usually mild-mannered Jacque Vaughn wants to buck this trend right here and now.