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How the Magic fared in power rankings around the web

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Magic were bound to come back to earth to some degree after opening the season 6-2. Disappointing home losses to the rebuilding Chicago Bulls and the surging Boston Celtics led to the Magic dropping in many, but not all, power rankings.


ESPN -- Magic drop from 12th to 14th

While the rest of the world waits for Aaron Gordon to cool off from beyond the arc, Gordon continued to defy the odds last week. He knocked down 9 of 17 triples and has now scored in double figures in all eight games this season, after doing so in just 61 percent of his games last season. -- Micah Adams

CBS Sports - Magic drop from 8th to 13th

The Magic are starting to fall back to earth a bit. They're no longer hitting every single 3-pointer, and defenses are adjusting to their new fast paced five-out style. Boston's defense suffocated them. -- Chris Barnewall

USA Today -- Magic climb from 14th to 11th

The Magic entered the weekend leading the league in three-point percentage on offense (44.2%) and defense (28.6%) then proceeded to shoot 16-for-64 from deep in losses to Chicago and Boston. -- AJ Neuharth-Keusch

NBA.com -- Magic drop from 9th to 13th

Whether it was regression to the mean, injuries to their point guards, or a combination of both, the Magic offense that ranked second in October ranks 30th in November after a couple of ugly losses (without both Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin) to Chicago and Boston. Their other four starters have scored 121 points per 100 possessions in 86 total minutes with either Augustin or Payton at point guard, but just 96 in 69 minutes with either Shelvin Mack or Jonathon Simmons. Payton is expected to return from his eight-game absence against New York on Wednesday. -- John Schuhmann

SI.com -- Magic climb from 19th to 18th

Tickets are on sale now for the regression tour. Somehow Orlando pulled out a win over Memphis, but blowout losses to the Bulls (yikes!) and Celtics should keep the Magic right here. -- Kenny Ducey

David Aldridge's Top 15 -- Magic drop from 14th to 15th

Elfrid Payton close to returning, which will provide coach Frank Vogel with a tough call: D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack have been solid at the point so far. -- David Aldridge