The Orlando Magic are the NBA’s worst team when playing on the road, an almost impossible feat when you consider that the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers still play in the NBA.
The Magic are 4-31 when they are on the road, compared to 5-28 for the Bucks and 7-25 for the Sixers, and the key struggle lies in their offense. The Magic score 100.7 points per game at the Amway center, but only manage 93.5 ppg on the road. The difference can be found almost entirely in their shooting percentage. They average an incredibly consistent 83.5 field goals attempts per game both at home and on the road, but hit 46.1% of their shots at home and only 42.8% on the road.
The rest of the differences on offense are subtle. They average both fewer assists and turnovers on the road than at home. They grab more offensive rebounds on the road, but more total rebounds at home.
Their defense is worse on the road than at home as well, but the difference is less severe. They give up 101.2 points per game at home and 103.3 points per game on the road.
How can we explain away the huge road/home split disparity? The usual excuses are all readily available. The Magic are young, and young teams typically struggle on the road. But the Magic have two steady veterans in Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson who should be immune to those effects.
A more out of the box theory? The Magic’s travel staff has done a poor job of teaching the Magic how to be prepared for staying in hotels. Remember how flustered Glen Davis got when he was refused a room earlier in the season?
He might not have been angry, just nervous and confused. If that’s how veterans react to hotel environments, how are the young guns supposed to respond?
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