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One thing the Magic have certainly gotten used to the past year and a half is being a bit behind on the scoreboard. That is the nice way of putting things.
The team is most definitely going through a rebuild (if you have not heard) with an emphasis on youth and building things through the Draft. That takes a commensurate amount of patience and takes a ton of heartache. The Magic have experienced plenty of that.
What has been even more noticeable in recent games is the Magic having to constantly play from a deficit and play catch up the entire game.
That is a tough place for a young team to be. Sure, the Magic typically have the energy and the drive to make things a game, but ultimately their depth and inconsistent talent leave them with another loss. Playing from behind is not an easy thing to do and has been a consistent theme throughout the 2014 season.
"I just think we're not happy with our record," Nikola Vucevic said earlier this year (but the sentiment could easily carry over three months later). "We're not doing stuff consistently. We've shown when we can do it, we're a pretty good team. We have some good wins. When we play the right way, we defend, we play hard the whole game, we start right, when we start the game right then it's a lot easier to play because we're right there. When you get down by 20, it's hard to come back."
That tinge of disappointment has not left the team. Sure, the Magic have matched last season's win total with 10 games left in the season, but that has hardly registered with this roster. They wanted a bit more from this season. There is definitely a sense that they have left games out there.
And having to make these extreme comebacks is not helping matters.no comments