With recent home victories over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers, the Orlando Magic have established themselves as a team that opponents, no matter their record, cannot take lightly. At least one NBA writer has taken notice: in his first post-All-Star NBA power rankings column, CBSSports.com scribe Matt Moore calls Orlando a "dangerous" team.
"It's going to take the league a few weeks to figure out the Magic have become 'that dangerous young bottom feeder team you don't want to run into in a Tuesday trap game,'" Moore writes. He ranks the Magic 19th in the league, up two spots from the previous week.
Orlando's road-heavy schedule in the coming days--the team plays six of its next seven games away from Amway Center--will surely test its ability and offer more chances for it to improve, both in the standings and in Moore's power rankings. At 3-23, the Magic have the league's worst road record.