This is not simply an injury bug afflicting the Milwaukee Bucks.
This is ridiculous.
The Bucks were down to eight available players for Wednesday night's game against Orlando and finished with just seven after Caron Butler hurt his left shoulder late in the final quarter.
Still, the Bucks built a 19-point first-half lead and nearly won the game before faltering in the second half and losing, 94-91, at the Amway Center.
The Bucks (2-5) might have survived if not for an incredible three-point shooting display by Magic guard Arron Afflalo, who finished with a career-high 36 points to pace Orlando's comeback.
Afflalo hit 8 of 11 three-point attempts, including 7 of 9 in the second half. His drive and dish to center Nikola Vucevic for a dunk with 9.2 seconds left finally put away the short-handed Bucks.
"When you lose and you don't have your full unit out there, it makes it a little more frustrating," Bucks guard O.J. Mayo said.
"We'll have our day, though. A lot of guys are out right now. It's kind of hard to go out there, and we play our highest level and depend on a lot of young guys who are still in the learning stage.
"Everyone fought their tail ends off. One thing about the NBA, you've got to be ready. I thought our young guys were ready and gave a great effort."
Of the eight available players, three were rookies and two were second-year players.
Mayo paced the Bucks with 25 points, while Butler added 20 and Khris Middleton contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Both Mayo and Middleton played more than 43 minutes, and Butler played 42 before being hurt with 1:42 remaining and the Bucks trailing by one point.
"I just knew I had to give it my all, defensively and offensively," Middleton said. "Everybody is tired right now.
"We knew the mentality we had to come out with. We just weren't able to close the game out."
Zaza Pachulia, Gary Neal and Brandon Knight were ruled out just before tip-off, leaving the Bucks in a bind. Rookie Nate Wolters was the team's only point guard and Middleton assumed some ball-handling duties when Wolters took a breather.
But Milwaukee was able to build a 47-28 lead early in the second quarter before the Magic (4-5) trimmed its deficit to 54-45 at intermission.
"We did wear down," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "I told them after the game, when you're minus seven key guys and you give that kind of effort, me as a coach, I have to be grateful.
"I hope our guys can learn from this. It doesn't matter how short-handed you are, you can come in anywhere and if you play smart and move the basketball and you defend, you put yourselves in a position. We just didn't make the plays down the stretch."
The Bucks did not trail until the fourth quarter and went down by six before fighting back for an 89-88 lead on a basket by forward John Henson with 2:47 left.
But Afflalo hit four free throws while Henson missed a jumper and Mayo had a shot blocked by Vucevic.
Afflalo only had seven points at halftime but quickly caught fire after the break, draining 5 three-pointers in the third quarter.
"I just had a calming feeling," Afflalo said. "I noticed in the first half that every time Jameer (Nelson) got into the paint, Victor (Oladipo) got into the paint and every time Nik (Vucevic) touched the ball they were conditioned to sink in and help.
"So I had a lot of open looks, although the ball didn't find me in the first half. But I knew it was going to be there in the second half."
Vucevic added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Oladipo, the rookie from Indiana, scored 10 points off the bench.
Henson led the Bucks' small bench brigade with 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 27 minutes, and rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo played 19 minutes (six points, two rebounds).
"We fought," Henson said. "We had a chance and just kind of ran out of steam.
" ... It stinks now (to lose), but in the future I think it will be better for us."