After their 6-2 start to the 2017-18 season, their attempt to string a decent winning streak together has been a grueling task. Orlando has since fallen to a 12-26 mark in a deep Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Magic need to figure out what exactly is wrong and they need to do it right away, as reiterated by Gordon in a postgame interview with Fox Sports Florida.
“For us, we need to continue to mature as a team. Quickly,” Gordon said after the loss. “We're just letting these games get out of hand. We're not executing down to the end and we're letting these games go. That's the second game in a row that we've let a game go by not closing them out down the stretch.”
This was the second straight heartbreaking loss for the Magic. On Monday, they fell 98-95 to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. That painful Nets loss was just two nights after a blown 18-point lead to the Miami Heat at Amway Center.
“We need to definitely take a good look at this one,” Gordon said. “Probably another look at the Miami game and then just mature very quickly as a team.”
Aaron Gordon feels that everyone within the Magic organization needs to take responsibility for this poor stretch of basketball.
“We've got to get everybody on the same page,” Gordon said. “We need to know exactly what we're looking for down the stretch. What we're trying to get into, what shots we need to execute, defensively what we need to execute. So everybody on the team, on the coaching staff, and in the organization we need to get on the same page.”
The Magic will look to win a quality home matchup when they host the Houston Rockets (26-9) on Wednesday night.