Since Stan Van Gundy’s arrival in 2007, the Orlando Magic have ranked among the league’s elite defensive teams. The Magic finished 11th in defensive efficiency in the 2007-08 season, Van Gundy’s first. During the 2008-09 season, the year Orlando reached the NBA finals, the Magic were first in defensive efficiency. They finished second the following season and third last season. This year, the Magic are just 12th in defensive efficiency.
“This defense will not cut it,” Van Gundy said following Orlando’s loss to the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night.
The Pistons scored 102 points and shot 56.6% from the field. Orlando’s defensive problems have been exposed more than ever as of late – they have a defensive rating of 115.9 over their last five games.
“We don’t guard,” Van Gundy explained.
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