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NBA: Magic Look to Build Off Last Season’s Strong Finish

ORLANDO – While the Orlando Magic’s stirring 22-9 finish to last season vaulted them into the playoffs and breathed life and optimism into a franchise down on its luck in the several seasons prior, it also spawned a host of burning questions facing the squad as it heads into the 2019-20 season.

The most pressing question of all, of course, is this one: Can a Magic team that won at a .709 percent clip over the final 31 games of last spring do it over the course of the NBA’s marathon-like, 82-game season?

Can a Magic team returning 13 players from last season’s roster summon the same sort of urgency that it played with while in must-win mode over the final six weeks of last season?

Can the smothering defense that they played – statistically the best in the NBA in a variety of major statistical categories – propel them to once again win at a high rate?

Can the Magic simultaneously build off their continuity and also integrate the offensive and defensive punches provided by intriguing newcomers Markelle Fultz and Al-Farouq Aminu?

Veteran point guard D.J. Augustin, one of the heroes of last season’s success with his steadiness on and off the court, said he sensed a distinct hunger and a bubbling confidence emanating from the Magic’s core group of players all summer.

Now, with training camp underway, Augustin knows that Orlando must press itself for more if it wants to carry over the success from last season to the upcoming one.

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