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Hey, it’s something; Orlando Magic prepares for 30th victory

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It isn’t where the Orlando Magic dreams of being. Frankly, it’s halfway there.

But for the Magic, it’s a bit of progress.

The Orlando Magic is on the verge of winning 30 games. Again, it’s not the standard a team wants, but for the Magic, it will break a streak of four straight seasons ending with victories in the 20s.

That’s some improvement. But would coach Scott Skiles think it’s enough?

In the NBA, a team that is excellent can win 60 (as the Magic did in 1995-96). It can win in the 50s, as the Magic did in four straight seasons from 2007-11 and 1993-95). It can be decent by winning in the 40s (it did six of seven years in the 90s). In 1995-95, the Magic won 40 straight games at home.

In other words, the climb can be slow. When a team is 11th in the Eastern Conference, no one is going to applaud. The Magic is 10-25 since the New Year.

The Magic host Cleveland Friday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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