Super Bowl Forces Orlando Magic To Stay In Cincinnati Night Before Game Against Pacers

01/30/2012 at 7:38 pm By


The Orlando Magic have had a rough last few days. On Thursday they blew a 27-point lead and ended up losing to the Boston Celtics. The following night the New Orleans Hornets ended a 9-game losing streak by defeating Orlando 93-67. Sunday the Indiana Pacers went down to Orlando and beat the Magic by 21. Things didn’t get much better Monday as Orlando lost again, 74-69, to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hopefully the Magic can right the ship with games against the Wizards and Cavaliers at home before they play the Pacers in Indianapolis on Saturday. Thanks to the Super Bowl they won’t be staying there the night before the game.

The Magic are scrambling to find hotel accommodations prior to their game this upcoming Saturday against the Pacers in Indianapolis. There’s just one problem: There are no hotel rooms available in Indianapolis because Super Bowl XLVI will be played there the following day.

The Magic had asked the NBA to be allowed to fly from Florida to Indianapolis on the day of the basketball game. According to league spokesman Tim Frank, NBA officials told the team they would consider the request and also would try to help the team find hotel rooms.

But the league could not acquire the hotel rooms and ultimately determined that the risk of bad weather or mechanical issues was too great to allow the Magic to fly in from Florida on gameday, Frank said. So the Magic will fly to Cincinnati after its game on Friday night in Orlando.

The league has given the Magic permission to fly from Cincy to Indy on gameday. If there is some problem with the flight, then the Magic can take a bus from Cincy to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.

At some point things have to start going Orlando’s way right? With Dwight Howard likely on his way to (insert best guess here) maybe not. Head coach Stan Van Gundy is frustrated. So is Howard. The Magic have enough problems without adding travel issues to them. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up on a bus to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


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