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What Happened To Orlando's Defense?


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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  • Glenn Liming

    Baby had been awesome lately. Turk actually showed he has the potential to stay out of the
    D-League. Jameer is starting to play up to his potential. Turnovers are starting to go down. Our bench is showing some improvements, esp Earl Clark. Now if we can just learn how to play defense, especially in the paint we might have a chance to win a few more games before we get bounced in the first round.

  • Howard the Dunk

    The 2 guards have been awful