The Orlando Magic showed up to the United Center on Monday night in body, but it was clear that their hearts were still lost in baggage claim at the Orlando International Airport.
The Magic walked into their game against the Chicago Bulls already looking defeated. They turned the ball over without a care in the world and they did not hustle for loose balls. To make things worse, their leading scorer Arron Afflalo looked disinterested.
All the Bulls had to do was show up. The Bulls did not have to put on a monster effort or defend against a furious comeback.
The Bulls got Orlando down early. No matter how you spin it, the Magic simply did not show up.
Not to say that the entire evening was bad. Orlando did have two bright moments in this game. Second-year forward Andrew Nicholson broke out of his sophomore slump, and the Magic scored above 90 points on the road for only the 20th time this season.
Other than that, Orlando was a lost cause. The Magic looked like a deer in front of headlights, with the exception that this deer did not care if the car hit them or not. We are all thankful that this is the last road game of the year for the Magic, which finished with a 4-37 record away from Central Florida — the worst road record in team history.
The Magic now crawl home on Wednesday for their season finale against the struggling Indiana Pacers. It will be fan appreciation night at the Amway Center.
Let’s all hope that the Magic will give the fans something to be appreciative about.