Orlando Magic players made two things clear after they lost to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night: Losing is not OK, and the defense needs to improve.

But Glen Davis added, "We tried to pull together and make things happen." J.J. Redick said the team is "playing with a good spirit." Ryan Anderson said the Magic "battled our way back" and "had each other's backs."

After six consecutive games without injured Dwight Howard and seven straight games without injured Hedo Turkoglu, at a time when most analysts are discounting the Magic's playoff chances, it appears that team chemistry is as good as it's been all season.

The year has been dominated by one distraction after another — with almost all of them in some way involving Howard, a perennial All-NBA center.

Late Wednesday, WKMG reported that Howard had called 86-year-old Magic owner Rich DeVos during a recent game against the Atlanta Hawks and told DeVos that he would no longer play for Van Gundy. The report also strongly hinted that Howard would miss the playoffs even if he is healthy enough to play because he doesn't want to play for Van Gundy.