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Jacque Vaughn, Jameer Nelson, Rob Hennigan and several other players were coy about what the Magic's goals should be for the 2014 season. No matter how much prodding during Media Day on Monday at Amway Center, they were not ready to say the "P" word. Not out loud anyway.
Glen Davis was in his usually boisterous way.
"Most definitely," Davis said on the Magic's Playoff chances. "You look at the Bucks, they won 38 games. You can't sit here and tell me if I'm playing and we're all healthy -- Arron is ehalthy and Jameer is healthy -- that we can't win more than 38 games. I watched people talk about us and say we suck really bad. And no we don't.
"There is no question. If we can stay healthy, we can keep learning, we will have a chance at the end of the year to play in the postseason."
That is about as straight an answer as you can get from anyone with the Magic regarding the team's Playoff hopes.
Of course, the team is not focused on winning. They are focused on improving. That is what a team must do when it has a young core. Improvement and constant improvement are the goals for a team that considers itself to have a bright future ahead.
Judging by the work Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo put in throughout the summer, it seems certain that there will be some individual improvement. Those guys, among many others, were all in Orlando throughout the summer working out and trying to improve their bodies and their game. It is too early to tell what translated.
Losing is not in this team's DNA though and players are hungry to win -- let alone, the coaching staff as Jacque Vaughn said he wants losing to continue to be unacceptable.