Fortunately for the Orlando Magic, they can make it all better tonight

Fortunately for the Orlando Magic, they don’t have much time to think about last night’s demoralizing loss to the Washington Wizards. The Atlanta Hawks are coming into town tonight, and a win against the Hawks – who defeated the Celtics 93-85 last night – would put a band-aid on Orlando’s recent struggles. And the word struggles might not do it justice. There’s nothing positive to take from Orlando’s 104-97 loss to the Wizards, and there isn’t much positive spin you can put on a four-game losing streak to four non-playoff teams. Against the Wizards, it appeared the Magic were in their own heads. Up by double digits early in the fourth quarter, a couple of 3s or consecutive stops likely would’ve wrapped up the victory for Orlando – especially against a team in seemingly disarray such as the Wizards (though the Wizards and their fans were rocking in the fourth quarter; can’t dispute that). As Washington started to creep back into the game, you could see Orlando begin to melt down. They stopped running their offense the way it’s supposed to be run; inside, then out. Guys started chucking up shots, players barked at officials (both Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass were hit with technicals), and the Magic simply couldn’t get a stop or sink a field goal in the game’s waning minutes. It was a forgettable performance, to say the least. And it was the fourth forgettable performance in a row. But, today, the schedule works in Orlando’s favor. With the Hawks coming into town, the Magic have a chance to beat the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best team, a feat that would surely inject some confidence back into this city. It won’t make it all better – that would take something like back-to-back-to-back wins against the Lakers, Celtics and Cavs – but it will help. If the Magic lose… let the pandemonium continue. The Magic haven’t lost five in a row since January of 2007.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily