Every win counts. But when you're the 20-45 Orlando Magic, sometimes it's just not worth the trouble.
Though the NBA has come out and said that officiating played a part in the Magic's 107-108 loss to Loss Angeles, the team decided that it will not protest the final score.
No surprise, but Frank Vogel said the Magic will not protest last night's loss to the Lakers despite the officiating errors on the final inbounds sequence with 0.6 seconds left.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 9, 2018
An officiating mistake caused the game clock to be started too early when the Magic were attempting a Hail Mary-esque lob to the Lakers' basket to win the game. The resulting mistake led to a jump ball at center court, and with 0.6 seconds left in the game, the game was over before the ball hit the floor.
Though Orlando could have protested, they should have lost the game regardless. The team gave up a 15-point lead in the first quarter, and allowed the Lakers to go on an 11-0 run in the fourth.
Even if they were to protest, both teams would have had to get on the court to reply the last half-second of the game. For the 20-45 Magic, one win wouldn't make much of a difference.
.@OrlandoMagic forward Aaron Gordon was very frustrated after Wednesday's loss to the Lakers, saying it is disappointing that they didn't even get a chance to win the game. #PureMagic #NBA pic.twitter.com/95skfQzUA1— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) March 8, 2018
Good for the Magic for taking their loss in stride.