Having lost some key players to injury, and having dropped the first four games of their West Coast road trip, the Magic have inched closer to the bottom of all NBA power rankings.
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ESPN - Magic fall from 24 to 27
The Magic have lost 27 of their past 30 road games, but after visiting San Antonio on Tuesday, they will play the rest of their March schedule in the Magic Kingdom. Their seven-game homestand concludes with tank-race battles against the Suns, Nets and Bulls. -- Michael Schwartz
CBS Sports - Magic fall from 23 to 25
The Magic are just playing out the season at this point. They’re finally getting some minutes for Jonathan Isaac and they’re going to have to answer some questions about Mario Hezonja this offseason. What direction the new front office goes this summer could make or break the next five years. -- Chris Barnewall
SI.com - Magic fall from 24 to 27
(The Magic are among the bottom feeders who do not have a write-up on SI’s rankings)
Bleacher Report - Magic at 22 (published on March 9)
The Orlando Magic got hosed by an obscure rule Wednesday that resulted in a jump ball (and not a do-over possession) when officials started the clock too early on the final play of their 108-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Orlando still would have had to convert an improbable tip-in to win, but to have the opportunity snatched away altogether felt unfair. Rules are rules, though, and this one at least kept the Magic from securing a 3-1 week. Given the team’s tanking efforts, the clock snafu counts as a blessing in disguise. -- Grant Hughes
NBA.com - Magic fall from 27 to 28
Evan Fournier has a sprained MCL in his left knee, and if he misses the rest of the season, the Magic will have lost at least 128 total games from the four opening-night starters - Fournier, Terrence Ross, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic - that they didn’t trade. Gordon (who has missed the last two games) and Vucevic could add to that total in the next five weeks. The Magic have outscored their opponents by 1.3 points per 100 possessions in 947 minutes with at least three of those four guys on the floor, but have been outscored by 6.6 in 2,276 minutes with at least two of them off the floor. When Gordon returns, he could add to the just 67 minutes that he’s shared the floor with Jonathan Isaac. -- John Schuhmann
USA Today - Magic fall from 23 to 27
With both Evan Fournier (knee) and Aaron Gordon (concussion protocol) sidelined, increased opportunities have arisen for the likes of rookies Jonathan Isaac and Wesley Iwundu and third-year wing Mario Hezonja. They each played at least 24 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Clippers. -- AJ Neuharth-Keusch
Tankaton - Magic at 5 in the Draft Power Rankings