With the preseason winding down and the start of the regular season being only a week away, and the Magic pre-season record being at 3–1, is it safe to say that the transition into the regular season would be fluid or will the team be off to a rough start?
As others in the Orlando Magic fanbase have pointed out that the team’s defense still has room for improvement, which was notable against the recent home loss against the Boston Celtics, with the Magic losing 100–75 by the end of the game.
Additionally, another factor that would determine on if the team will have a strong start is dependent on players being able to remain healthy.
Also, with the Magic having players that are able to perform similar roles as Fournier and Vucevic, there wouldn’t be pressure for both players to return not fully recovered.
Thankfully it’s still preseason, which means that there’s still time for the team to evaluate what’s wrong and correct it; whereas, if this loss was during the regular season, it would affect the team’s record.
In addition, with the regular season being only a week away, the Magic also have the opportunity to start resting its key players, to help reduce the likelihood of injury. (Although this method is normally seen during the start of the post-season, this situation could be applied here too).
Personally, I predict that the Magic will have a moderately strong start, I don’t think the team will go on a ten-game win streak, but the team will still perform well once the regular season starts up.
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