For years the Orlando Magic have struggled creating an identity that consists of winning and competition; not to mention the fact that they were one of the most forgotten teams in the league.
That all changed this season due to many factors, such as bringing on new management, a new coach and players that were hungry for more than just 30-something wins per season. The final result of this combination resulted in the Magic becoming more competitive and establishing a winning culture.
Furthermore, after defeating the Boston Celtics during their final two games, the Magic have clinched a playoff spot. A feat that hasn’t been replicated since the 2011-2012 season, the same season the team had Dwight Howard and many well-known players.
What has shocked many around the league would be the fact that the players have seemed more focused due to the coaching abilities of Steve Clifford. Clifford, who was most known for coaching the Charlotte Hornets, has led his former team to the playoffs numerous times before deciding to coach the Magic.
Now with only one game left of the regular-season, the Magic need to be even more focused than they’ve been these past few games.
This is because the final game of the season will be against the Hornets, a team that has beaten the Magic consistently; not to mention that the Hornets will do everything they can to make it into the postseason too.
Currently, the Magic are leading in the Southeast Division, if they can be the Hornets this upcoming Wednesday they will cement themselves as the Southeast Division champs.
Catch the final Magic game of the season, Wednesday 8 p.m.
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