Brutal 22 away games out of 33 overall finally over for Magic
Here's how the Magic actually fared: 6-5 at home; 2-20 on the road; for an overall mark of 8-25 (2-18 in their last 20 games). Many of those losses were close, but a loss is a loss. So much for the playoffs! Here's how the standings now look for the worst record in the league:
4) Orlando 20-40
3) Portland 19-41
2) New York 17-43
1) Charlotte 16-45
At least we have a high draft pick to look forward to.
Some other positives that happened the last month: the trade of high-priced and injured C Kelvin Cato for talented youngsters Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo; the return of Jameer Nelson from injury, and the trade of talented but erratic and high-priced G Steve Francis for the expiring contract of Penny Hardaway to create more cap room, and young F Trevor Ariza (if only we could get Coach Hill to play him).
Because the Magic play more home games and face several sub-.500 teams (I know, those are the teams that give the Magic real problems), I still expect the Magic to win around 8 of their remaining 22 games to finish at 28-54, which should pretty much guarantee a top 5 or 6 pick.