While they made some strides defensively in their last game, the Orlando Magic couldn't put a dent in their lengthy slump.
The free-falling Magic will try to snap a four-game skid and win for only the third time in 18 games Sunday night when they host the Detroit Pistons.
Wins have been awfully tough to come by for Orlando, regardless of the venue or strength of its opponent.
The Magic (14-28) have lost nine of 10 at home and eight straight against losing teams after DeMar DeRozan hit a buzzer-beater to give last-place Toronto a 97-95 victory at Orlando on Thursday.
MIAMI – Lawrence Frank is aware that, ready or not, he’s going to have to take the plunge and increasingly engage in a “game of chicken” – forcing the matchups with other teams by going big while they go small – required to pair Greg Monroe with Andre Drummond.
The stakes don’t get any higher in “chicken” than they do against the Miami Heat, who have the NBA’s ultimate Swiss Army knife in LeBron James. When he plays power forward, as he does for major chunks of 48 minutes, the matchup becomes exponentially problematic for most teams.