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New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

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With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

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Orlando struggles to regain the Magic

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Thank goodness for the Brooklyn Nets. If not for them, the Orlando Magic would be in a full throttle nose dive. As it is, Orlando has lost six straight games, including one at home to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropping to 20-23. The Sixers, at 6-39, are clearly the worst team in the NBA. The Magic ended 2015 with a victory over the Nets on December at the Amway Center to end the year at 19-13. First-year Coach Scott Skiles promised…

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Magic exceeding expectations at this point of season

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Teams with a losing record normally do not draw much positive attention, but in the case of the Orlando Magic, some silver linings surround the package. Orlando is 7-8 heading into Friday night’s game with the Milwaukee Bucks, but few outside of first-year Coach Scott Skiles and his team thought this team would be competitive early into his tenure. The first six games on their schedule were loaded with playoff teams. They lost their opener to Washington by one point,…

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