Having to play 3 games in 4 days was tough for the Orlando Magic and it showed in their loss to the undermanned Detroit Pistons last night, 98-94, but the real culprit behind the loss might have been the fact that a bunch of them were praying for their lives and puking their guts out last night.

The team plane taking the players to Detroit on Sunday seemed to encounter a bit of turbulence, like about 40 minutes of turbulence, the Orlando Sentinel notes. It was so rough, the flight crew told the team to use the shoulder harnesses if their seats had them…if not, oh well. Here’s some quotes from the team:

Coach Stan Van Gundy said several players vomited and he quipped, “I was about one bump away.”
PG Tyronn Lue said, “It was unbelievable. Man, I was like, ‘I’m going to be like John Madden and take the bus.”’
“That was the worst flight I’ve ever been on,” veteran PG Rafer Alston said. “Forty straight minutes of turbulence.”

As if these guys don’t have it rough enough, shuttling across the country for a rough stretch of games, but they had to deal with that. That kind of flight would knock anyone off their game, even Dwight Howard who, despite tallying 27 points, did the unforgivable and allowed Kwame Brown to drop 10 points on his ass. His shame is real.

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Filed under: Detroit PistonsDwight HowardKwame BrownNBAOrlando MagicPukeRafer AlstonStan Van GundyTyronn Lue

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