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Magic now a "dangerous" team, one writer says

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The rebuilding squad earned praise for their recent play in a recent power rankings column.

Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris
Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

To open the unofficial second half of their season, the Magic visit the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers for a back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday.