Stan Van Gundy on Orlando’s 59 Points: ‘Our Offense Was Pathetic’

by March 20, 2012

The Orlando Magic only managed a pitiful 59 points against the visiting Chicago Bulls last night, and head coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t mince words (when does he ever?) when assessing his team’s performance. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Plagued by turnovers, an inability to stop Carlos Boozer and some tired legs, the Magic fell to the Bulls 85-59 at Amway Center even though Rose sat out the game with a groin injury. ‘We’ve just got to play hard,’ Magic center Dwight Howard said. ‘They outplayed us at every position, one through five. They outplayed us. It can’t happen if we want to be a championship team.’ […] ‘Tonight, they sent a team out there that played without their star player and did what they needed to do to win the ballgame,’ said backup big man Glen Davis. ‘And they beat us. They beat us with no problem. I wish they would have had Derrick Rose, in a sense.’ Just 11 days earlier, the Magic beat the Bulls — with a healthy Rose — 99-94 in Chicago. That Magic team played together that night. Like a team. This Magic team didn’t. Playing their third game in four nights, the Magic managed just 59 points, turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 35.3 percent from the field. ‘Our offense was pathetic,’ coach Stan Van Gundy said. ‘And that’s something that I’ve got to take a look at because we’ve got better players than that. I’ve got to take a look at what we’re doing because it’s really two games in a row now where we’ve been very, very bad offensively.'”