Having a poor performance here and there certainly isn’t out of the ordinary for any NBA team, which is why the Orlando Magic don’t panic and most of their players usually offer the same type of response after subpar performances – “it happens.”
“You just have those types of games,” Chris Duhon explained. “You play 82 games and you’re not always going to shoot the ball great.”
“We just have to learn from stuff like this,” Dwight Howard said. “Sometimes we don’t have our best game but that happens. We’ve got a long season and we’ve got to stay positive. Everybody has to stay positive – Magic fans, Magic staff, whoever. We’re not going to have our best game every night; we just have to keep moving forward.”
Duhon, Howard, and their teammates are right – as long you can learn from your mistakes and correct them.
Lately, that hasn’t happened.
Staying positive is easy to talk about but with the losses beginning to pile up, Howard has grown increasingly frustrated with the inconsistencies of his teammates.
“We just can’t play great against a great team and mediocre against a mediocre team, so that’s our next step,” Howard explained.
However, the Magic haven’t had to worry about playing up and down to their opponents because since their blowout victory over the Bulls in Chicago, they haven’t played particularly well against anybody and haven’t played anything close to what they’d call a “complete game.”
There are several reasons for Orlando’s recent slide and although their biggest problems appear to be on the offensive end, the team’s defense has not played nearly as well lately as it did earlier in the season.
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