Magic head out West again

At the beginning of December, the Magic were on a three-game losing streak and asking some of the same questions they are asking now.

Will things fall apart? Will the team come together or fold on the rigors of the road?

During that five-game road trip, Jacque Vaughn would learn more about his team. When the Magic came out all guns blazing against the Lakers and found themselves with a 3-2 road trip with five very good chances for a win.

That trip propelled the Magic forward to a winning streak that brought them one win away from .500. Then the Glen Davis injury happened and the team sort of fell apart. Orlando is 0-8 since that point and wasted a home-heavy portion of the schedule.

Since coming home from that trip, the Magic have played 10 of the last 13 games at Amway Center but went just 4-9 in those games, including dropping the last four straight at home. This does not feel like the time for the Magic to go out on the road for a four game stretch to Portland, Los Angeles (Clippers), Denver and Washington, D.C.

Then again, it might be.

Christian Petersen/Getty Images/Zimbio"All the games are challenging," Jacque Vaughn said after Saturday's game against the Knicks. "Hopefully we can get on the road and bond a little bit together and continue to stay together as a team and fight. I know the guys in this locker room are looking forward to the next game. We are excited about the challenge and we’ll get it done."

The Magic credited the West Coast trip in December with helping bring the team together and helping create the chemistry that sparked that early December run to .500.

Of course, right now the frustration is building within the team and a lot of guys are tired of losing. It might take that one win to get back on the right track. And doing that on the road could be harder. Or it could be exactly what the team needs to pull itself together.

For the next week and a half, the Magic will be tested and the season could be saved and the team could remain in Playoff contention, or it could fall further off the map.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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