The Magic will have to put the back-to-back crushing losses to the Raptors and Pistons behind them quickly as they head back out on the road beginning tonight in Brooklyn. Orlando is embarking on a 12-day stretch where the team will play seven games with six on the road. In reality, that is a seven-game road trip since Orlando only comes home for one game.
At least there are no back to backs after tonight's game.
It should still be a tiring stretch for the Magic. But it could not have come at a worse time with Orlando on a stretch of losing 16 of 18 games.
What is worse is that this stretch of 18 games has seen Orlando go 1-10 at home and 1-6 on the road. Yes, 11 games at home and seven on the road. The Magic suffered a big losing streak during one of their longest home stretches of the season.
They entered this home heavy stretch December 12 at 8-12. They leave it, after having played 15 of their past 23 games at Amway Center, at 14-29. Orlando has certainly lost ground and fallen into a losing rut in a part of the schedule the team had to think featured the most winnable stretch of games.
The Magic will not play consecutive home games until after this road stretch — pretty much the All-Star Break. Orlando's February and March schedule is much road heavier than it was in December and January. The team gave up what one would think is a golden opportunity to bank some wins.
Now, Orlando is 8-16 at home and 6-13 on the road. At the midway point of the season Orlando is a slightly better road team. The recent performances at Amway Center, where the Magic have lost 10 of their past 11 games, would suggest that the home cooking has not served this team well.
Of course, nowhere is Orlando feeling like home right now. There are a lot of losses piling up and the road will get more difficult with each passing day. The Magic are still far out of the Playoff race but still believe enough to keep going.
Who knows? If the Magic get a win that might be the spark they need to burn off a few more. Or it could be a slight detour from another long losing streak.
In all likelihood, the Magic will have to find themselves on the road now, away from the comforts of home.