11:11 AM EDT, Sat April 18, 2015

Reviewing our Orlando Magic season predictions

OPP had modest expectations for the Magic entering the season. How did the club measure up? The Orlando Magic's season is over, and most everyone can agree it didn't go as well as the team hoped. After adding two promising rookies in Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton and lavishing a valuable contract on Channing Frye, Orlando certainly hoped to improve its win total by more than two games. Before moving ahead with our look toward the (crucial) offseason and what it might bring, let's take a quick look back at our preseason predictions for these Magic. Record What we said: Orlando finishes...

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