The Magic and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day(s)
The offense is offensive! Sorry to start off with a cheesy pun, but a cheesy pun just seems fitting to after the Magic’s 74-69 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. One week removed from scoring a franchise record low 56 total points in a loss to the Boston Celtics, the Magic were shockingly close to beating that record tonight. If not for a Philly team that had completely shut down their effort in the waning minutes, they would have.
Let’s take a little bulleted adventure and see why this game wasn’t as close as the 5 point difference shows and why the 69 total points isn’t a fair reflection of how poor the Magic played tonight. Again.
- Orlando did not break the 50 total point mark until 3:18 left in the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter is the end.
- Trailing by just 4 at the half, Orlando came out of the locker room in the 2nd half on a mission! A mission that would result in just NINE total points being scored in the 3rd quarter.
- Your co-captain Dwight Howard shot 6-17 from the field and 5-13 from the free throw line. He was also handled rather easily on the defensive end by Elton Brand once Brand was switched to defend him. I think Ol’ Elton was out to prove who the better number one overall draft pick was.
- J.J. Redick missed all 8 shots he took within the 3-point line. Jokes aside, that is 100% a statistical outlier.
- The Worst Performer of the Night goes to Hedo Turkoglu for his 26 minute, 3 point, 3 rebound and 2 turnover performance on 1-9 shooting.
- The Magic hadn’t been held under 70 points in a game since 2005 before last Monday. Now they’ve been held under 70 three times in 8 days.
- Over the last 14 quarters (since the 27 point Boston collapse), the Magic have scored just 17.6 points per quarter. An average of 70 a game. See above stat about how rare that is.
- Body language. Very little to non-existent movement off the ball. A clear lack of teamwork and chemistry. etc. etc. etc.
It was a bad game. It’s been several bad games actually and it’s tough to see the light at this point. The flux will remain as long as Dwight Howard remains in his own flux. The problem at this point is that the entire rest of the roster is tanking their trade value save a few exceptions.
With tonight’s loss the team falls to 12-10 and have lost 4 straight games. They will get a chance to break their losing streak on Wednesday against Washington at home. The Wizards allow an average of 98.3 ppg, so here’s to holding out hope that an 85+ point night is in the near future!