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The Magic's November was seen as a potentially light one when looking at the schedule. There were 10 home games to six road games in the month.
When your team only won 20 games last year and collected the worst record in the NBA with very little roster turnover, every win is a precious one. Considering also that the Magic, now at 4-5, are one-fifth of the way to last year's win total just two weeks into the season. Even coming off a three-game losing streak -- with a second half avalanche in a shaky 94-91 win over the Bucks -- there are still positive signs up and down the Magic's roster.
The win over the Clippers last week sits as a reminder of how good this team can become even just this year. The loss to the Celtics Monday in Boston shows how much work there is still left to go.
"Guys believed in themselves before the season," Nikola Vucevic said after the win over the Clippers last week. "We had a rough season last year. But guys put in a lot of work over the summer. In training camp, we really worked hard and we really wanted to get better and show people we are better than they think they are."
Orlando's record and the way the team has played in the early part of the season has given rise to a small belief that this season may not be a completely lost one -- if you care about wins and losses. While the goal of getting a high 2014 Draft pick makes logical sense, there is still that competitive streak in both the players and the fan base (and even management) who yearn to win.
Losing on purpose is -- and should be -- in no one's vocabulary.no comments