I hate root canals. If you have ever had the misfortune of having one, then you know how excruciating the pain is after having one done. It is a mortifying experience that can sometimes question your whole meaning of life.
Watching the Orlando Magic play road games this year is just like having a root canal. If you have ever had the misfortune of watching a Magic road game this season, then you know how excruciating the pain is after watching Orlando’s offense shoot brick after brick after brick. It is a mortifying experience that can sometimes question why you even root for this team in the first place.
The Magic heads into their (thankfully) final road game of the season on Sunday to take on a Brooklyn Nets team that has gotten its act together after a rough start to the season. The Nets are one of the rare teams Orlando has had success against in an otherwise painfully dark season of rebuilding.
Orlando holds a 2-1 record against the Nets this season, but both of those wins have come in the confines of the Amway Center. Their last visit to the Barclay Center was a typical display of the Magic’s road woes this season. Orlando scored only 90 points, received nothing from their starting five, and allowed the Nets to shoot nearly 50 percent from the field.
Those numbers are in line with the Magic’s season totals on the road this year. Orlando is averaging a paltry 93 points per road game and shooting only 42 percent from the field. Those numbers are the main reason why Orlando is 4-35 on the road this season, the worse road record in the league. Even the horrible Philadelphia 76ers have more road wins than the Magic this season.
The road has not been kind to the young Magic this year, and it would make the team feel a little better to go out on a high note in their final road game of the year.