The Orlando Magic are back to work Tuesday after the All-Star Break. There is a lot for the Magic still to watch and accomplish in the final 25 games.
The NBA All-Star Break is over.
The Orlando Magic, the only team without an active participant at the event, got some much-needed rest. But they will get back to work Tuesday afternoon when the league officially reopens. And after two days of practice, they will tackle the final 25 games of the season.
The season is essentially over for the Magic. At 18-39, the team is in a logjam at the bottom of the standings for the worst record. And now is the time of the season we might see some odd things happen with various teams.
The Magic have made no indication they will do anything like that. They plan to play out these 25 games and gather as much information as they can.
The reality is the Magic are close to Playoff elimination and officially dousing those dreams. The Orlando Magic’s tragic number is 14 losses or 14 Miami Heat wins for playoff elimination. If the Heat stay on their 42-win pace, the Magic would have to go 24-1 the rest of the way to match. Not to mention climb over six teams.
The odds of that happening are pretty slim — FiveThirtyEight has it at less than one percent.
Still, there are a few things to look out for in the final games of the season. These games are still going to create some future for the Magic. The post-All-Star Break run for the Magic is not simply going wrote through the motions. Orlando has plenty to accomplish.
And there is plenty to keep an eye on as the season winds to its close. Yes, that includes the race to the bottom — a historic race to the bottom — that seems to be developing in the NBA this year.
With the NBA season about to kick back up again, let’s take a look at what to watch for the rest of the season.