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.