His players aren't following his lead.
After starting the season with relative calmness, the
"We're gonna talk about it, because I don't like what I'm seeing," Van Gundy said after the win. "But, at the same time, as with all of us, part of that is fatigue and frustration, too."
The Magic might be buckling under the influence of the compressed schedule and the frustration from their slump at the end of January. Monday's home game against the
To be sure, the Magic were swept up in an intense, physical game Saturday when they committed all those technical fouls against the Pacers.
Three of Orlando's techs came during one minor fracas in which
But three other technicals occurred during the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter and could have cost Orlando the game:
• And, with 12.0 seconds left in regulation and just two points separating the two teams,
"Turk's is unforgiveable," Van Gundy said. "You don't throw the ball. Don't give that point away. Go up to the line and make the free throws, basically, and the game's over. He gave 'em a chance.
"Again, we will talk about all those things on Monday."
Van Gundy better bring a throat lozenge, because he has a lot of ground to cover.
And it's not just technicals.
But Davis is not the only Magic big man to lose his temper recently.
Last Tuesday, power forward
"It was just frustration on my part and not making shots," Anderson said. "We weren't really moving the ball at that time, and it was just frustration."
Anderson apologized to Van Gundy immediately after that game.
Howard is the team's co-captain, its self-professed leader, and he is not setting a good example with his interactions with refs.
On Saturday, he complained again. His technical with 2:44 to go against the Pacers was his seventh in 24 games.
He is on pace for 19 techs over the course of this 66-game season after he had 18 techs in his 78 games played last season.
It's a disturbing trend, both from Howard and his teammates.
No wonder Van Gundy is so concerned.