After a surprising 2-0 start, the Orlando Magic have gone 3-9 in their past 12 games, including a 110-89 demolition at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. With frustration running high, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Magic held a team meeting before Thursday's practice to discuss several issues.
The meeting was likely prompted by public comments from Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo following the blowout loss to the Spurs:
"I think we still need to find out who's our guys and who's not our guys," Davis said. "Then everybody can kind of move on. At the same time, we need to grow. We need to find out who's our energy guy, who's our vocal guy.
"At times like this, we really need to bite down and check each other...and see what we can all do to make this team better."
Some of the problems addressed at the meeting included how to better define roles and playing with increased effort. J.J. Redick said that the meeting went well and should help clear things up for everybody on the team:
"I'm certainly going to have some conversations with a few of the guys over the next couple of days," Redick said. "Coach (Jacque Vaughn) did a nice job this morning in our meeting trying to get everybody on the same page.
"The goal, ultimately, is winning and what can we do to get each other to play better. For us, it was good."
Orlando faces a tough challenge when they return to the court against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. The Nets have won four straight and sit tied atop the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with a record of 10-4.