Forget about getting a shot at the No. 1 pick, Magic fans. Or, frankly, picks 2 through 8.
No reason for the club to dispatch their lucky charm, Pat Williams, to see if the Magic exec can again make the bouncing ping-pong balls come up Orlando.
It's all over.
The Magic can't catch the horrendous Washington Wizards or the inept Charlotte Bobcats or the dour Cleveland Cavs in the race for the top pick. They can't turn back the odometer enough by going in reverse.
Heck, the way it's going, the Magic might not even land a top-10 lottery selection.
Where does the faithful then aim its attention for the rest of the season?
Rooting for the Magic to reach the playoffs, that's where.
This is all that's left to hold on to now, so climb aboard the Big Baby bandwagon, the one that coughs and sputters and leaks oil. (Glen Davis was talking the other day about getting on the "Glen Davis train" in a rambling soliloquy, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.)
But have you looked around the Eastern Conference lately? Lots of mediocrity. It's a demolition derby.
The Magic headed into Friday night's game in Washington in the No. 10 spot in the playoff race — just two games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 8 and final berth — and 3 1/2 behind the No. 5 Milwaukee Bucks.
Yeah, crazy, I know.
The Magic would be even closer if they hadn't thrown away games against Toronto, Utah and New Orleans. They might look back at these three defeats when the season ends as the juncture in which they lost a playoff shot.
Facing the Magic up ahead — after they play the Wizards and the Raptors (on Saturday night) — is perhaps the league's toughest scheduled stretch.
They then play Chicago and New York at home before heading West to battle Portland, Denver and the rampaging L.A. Clippers. The return of Hedo Turkoglu will help, but they'll still miss the hulking presence of Davis, who likely won't be back for another three weeks, at least.