The Orlando Magic have practically reinvented the humiliating loss this week, dropping three games this week in three different agonizing fashions. Dwight Howard clearly isn't happy about it, and he's heaping the blame on his ineffective teammates.
"I look at guys, and they don't look like they want to play," Howard told reporters after an ugly one last night. "I told them at halftime, 'If you don't want to play, just stay in the locker room, because it don't make sense for a team who we should beat to just demolish us.'"
The Magic lost a blowout last night to the New Orleans Hornets, the worst team in the Western Conference. Howard had 28 points and 16 rebounds, but no other Magic player reached double figures in anything, and the Hornets rolled, 93-67.
Howard's squad blew a 27-point lead on Thursday night and lost to the Celtics, 91-83. On Monday night, the Magic lost another one to the Celts, setting team records for fewest points (56) and field goals (16) in an 87-56 laugher.
The Magic remain sixth in the Eastern Conference at 12-7, but a lack of identity offensively and constant trade rumors surrounding Howard have threatened to derail the team's season. "None of the -- whatever, trade stuff -- none of that stuff matters," Howard said. "Play basketball. That's why we all get paid to do this, because we love the game and it's basketball, so why not give it your all?"