Southeast Notes: Magic, Silva, Charlotte, Wizards

Never fear, Magic fans. Orlando may be slumping now, but the team navigated its way back from an identical three-game slide last December, as The Athletic’s Josh Robbins observes.

Though the Magic’s shooting and defense are declining at present, Robbins opines that this too shall pass. Last season, a two-game win streak in Mexico City immediately following three demoralizing blowout losses seemed to galvanize the team.

After the losing streak dropped the Magic to a 12-15, they rallied back to finish the season with a 42-40 overall record and the No. 7 seed in the East. This year, their 12-17 record currently has them clinging to the No. 8 seed by percentage points over the 13-19 Hornets.

Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac preached optimism, too. “We’re the same team [as last year], with the same guys plus a couple of guys that make us better,” Isaac observed. “So the same guys that had that heart and that mindset last year are the same guys that are on this team. All we can do is look forward.”

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