After suffering a home loss to the Kings and allowing a 21-point comeback to the Pacers, the Magic have inched closer to the very bottom of NBA power rankings around the web. Click on each publication for the full ranking.
ESPN - Magic remain at 29
Amid a lost season for the franchise, Aaron Gordon has developed a better jump shot. It took just 38 games for Gordon to surpass his career high in 3-point makes in season. He’s now shooting 34.6 percent from deep after shooting below 30 percent in each of his first three seasons. -- Michael Schwartz
CBS Sports - Magic fall from 24 to 25
The Magic have been better, but they still tend to fall apart in close games. They had multiple chances to put away the Pacers on Saturday and couldn’t do it. It’s about time to start playing guys like Khem Birch and Wes Iwundu more minutes. - Chris Barnewall
SI.com - Magic fall from 29 to 30
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USA Today - Magic fall from 28 to 29
The Magic, who led the NBA through the first nine games of the season with a three-point percentage of 42.1, have been the second-worst in the league since, making just 33.4% of their attempts. - AJ Neuharth-Keusch
NBA.com - Magic fall from 29 to 30
The Magic just had a three-game stretch in which they were one possession shy of sweeping the Wolves, Cavs and Celtics. And of course, they followed that up by losing to the Kings at home in the battle for No. 30 in the Power Rankings and blowing a 21-point lead in Indiana. They’re the only team that has allowed 110 points in a regulation game with the opponent making fewer than six threes and fewer than 20 free throws, and the Indy loss was the fourth time it’s happened. The 49.9 points in the paint per game that they’ve allowed are the most allowed by any team since the 1996-97 Celtics allowed 52.7. - John Schuhmann
Bleacher Report - Magic remain at 29
Watch out now! Sunday’s win over the Boston Celtics gave the Magic a quality victory in two consecutive weeks. (They got Minnesota on Jan. 16.) Perhaps leery of this unfamiliar success, Orlando subsequently fell to the last-place Kings on Tuesday, thereby putting the basketball universe back in balance.
We now have enough evidence to say Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the reason for Orlando’s shoddy defense. The Magic ranked 26th in the league on D before Vooch broke his hand and are only 25th since. - Grant Hughes
Rotoworld - Magic fall from 28 to 29
The Magic have lost 19 of their last 22 games. Surprisingly, two of those three wins came against Boston and Minnesota. Of the 48 games Orlando has played this season, they’ve held an opponent below 95 points just three times. - Tommy Beer