After Mike's great write up after the Bulls game I made some research. My search went as far as the year 2000, because the game has changed a lot. The Magic's offense seems to freeze quite often, and there have been several games where they can't buy a bucket. So I wanted to find out how are we doing compared to the rest of the league and previous Magic teams.
-Orlando has scored 69 or less points in 4 games this season. Since 2000 only 4 teams have done the same more times in the same number of games. Among those teams are the 2004 Hornets with a 18-64 record and the 2002 Heat with a 25-57 record.
-Orlando has scored 75 or less points while shooting below 40% 4 times this season. Toronto, New Orleans, Detroit, New Jersey Boston and Charlotte are the other teams that did this. While 21 NBA teams have had at least one game like this, this list doesn't include Chicago, Miami, Oklahoma City or San Antonio.
-Orlando has scored 80 or less points while shooting below 40% 7 times this season. The only other Magic team to achieve this in the past 12 years was the 2005/06 team starring Steve Francis which finished 36-46.
-And this is the scariest stat: 7 awful games out of 47 is a lot, almost 15%. And that's 1 out of 7. So statically speaking in a 7 game playoff series the Magic should have one game where they will score less than 80 points and shoot below 40%. That's almost like starting every playoff series 0-1.
The overall offense is not bad at all, in fact it's pretty good. The problem is that 1 out of 7 games they are not able to do anything. And we know how that went against Atlanta last year when our offense collapsed.