The Orlando Magic recently ended a 10-game losing streak with a tight win over the Boston Celtics this past Sunday. However, the Magic continued their recent free-fall in the 2013-14 NBA season on Tuesday night as they were disposed of by the resurgent Brooklyn Nets by a score of 101-90.
The Magic have now lost 11 of their last 12 games and have seen their record, which started out respectable at the beginning of the year, fall to a displeasing 11-31 on the year. This is obviously a young team that everyone expected to be pretty bad and have growing pains throughout the year, but their recent demise has just been awful to watch.
Over their last 12 games, the Magic have allowed a stunning 108.3 points per 100 possessions. Given the youth on this team, you have to expect that defense is going to be an area that’s lacking as these young guys try to acclimate themselves to defending NBA-caliber talent. What’s been even worse, though, has been their offense, which has managed just 94.9 points per 100 possessions over the last 12 games.
Over every NBA team’s last 12 games, the Magic have had the worst offense in the league in terms of offensive efficiency and have had the third worst defense in terms of defensive efficiency. As an expected result from those numbers, the Magic have a league-worst -13.4 points per 100 possessions net differential over that span.
Obviously having center Nikola Vucevic out with a concussion doesn’t do this team any favors, but this seems to be this team regressing to the mean after a surprisingly solid start to the year. In the interest of saving Magic fans’ sanity and of not having our eyes bleed, though, let’s hope that they show some signs of life here soon.