Maybe it was destiny that the Orlando Magic would finish their second-to-last road game of the season just like they started their first: with a loss.
We should all be celebrating with glee that the Magic’s road schedule is about to be complete. There is no other team in the NBA that plays so differently between its home games and road games than the Magic, who are as bad as they come when it comes to playing in hostile territory.
What makes it even more embarrassing is that the Brooklyn Nets‘ home court, the Barclay Center, is not really hostile territory. There are no booming chants or thundering crowds to intimidate opposing teams. When former NBA star Sam Cassell called the UNC fans a “wine and cheese” crowd during his time at Florida State, he could have very well looked into the future and described the exact atmosphere of a typical Nets home game.
But Orlando has proven time and time again this season that even if only the janitors were sitting in the stands, they would still have trouble playing a road game. Orlando failed to top 90 points again on Sunday, adding to their offensive futility on the road.
A total lack of offense combined with a very poor defensive effort has led to the Magic dropping their 36th game on the road this season. Their final road game will be against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, and I think I speak for all Magic fans of Central Florida when I say that their final road game cannot come soon enough.