It would be a mistake to place too much weight on the results of any summer league exhibition game, win or lose.
Still, the way the Orlando Magic played Tuesday afternoon left little to like.
Second-year guard Doron Lamb banged his left knee in a collision and crumpled to the court. Rookie Victor Oladipo, playing point guard for the third time in his career, and his teammates struggled to deal with traps near the midcourt stripe. And the Magic suffered a 94-80 loss to the Miami Heat as the Heat outscored them in every quarter.
"It's tough," said Maurice Harkless, the Magic's second-year small forward. "They outplayed us from the start to the finish."
Asked if he took any positives from the exhibition, Harkless responded, "Not off the top of my head. I can't think of any."
One positive is that Lamb's injury likely isn't as serious as it initially appeared. Team officials said he had sustained a knee contusion.
Another is that Oladipo, the second overall pick in last month's NBA Draft, seemed to see a silver lining in the final result. He said he will study what he did wrong and make the necessary adjustments.
"I'm just trying to watch the film," he said. "My film's been helping me a lot. I'm just going to continue to keep watching it and see what I need to do to improve and cut down on those turnovers or I might as well change my last name from Oladipo to Mr. Turnover. I've got to fix that up."
Oladipo finished with five turnovers and two assists as the Heat aggressively sought to trap him.
"Even though we didn't like the result tonight, I think this was good for him," said Magic lead assistant coach James Borrego, who is coaching the summer league team.
"It was good for us as a group to see pressure, because teams aren't going to let up. They will do that to him. They understand this is a new area for him, a new league, and they'll try to exploit that."
The bright spot was that he shot well from long range and drew fouls. He finished with 22 points — making both 3-pointers he attempted — and went 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Borrego played eight bench players, including Orlando Christian Prep and UCF alumnus Keith Clanton, who finished with two points and an assist in about six minutes.
The Orlando Pro Summer League will crown a champion for the first time in its history, and the Magic hoped to win the title. Their roster includes six players who played for them during the 2012-13 regular season, but Tobias Harris banged one of his knees during a practice last week and won't play at all this week.
And, now, Lamb is hurt.
He played sparingly last season after the Magic acquired him, Harris and Beno Udrih from the Milwaukee Bucks in February for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayón and Ish Smith.
But Lamb, 21, has added some muscle in the weight room, and his added strength has enabled him to absorb contact at the rim more effectively and has helped his endurance. He has made six of his nine 3-point tries in the summer league.
"It's tough," Harkless said. "He's one of our starters in the summer league, and he's been playing really well. He's been a big piece of our team thus far, and to see him go down, it's tough. But it happens. He'll be all right."
The Magic will have today off.
That's more time to soak in the lessons.
"The aggressor nine times out of 10 wins," Borrego said. "No matter what team it is — a team with a worse record or a better record — the aggressor usually wins."
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