One of the bigger questions for the Magic entering the season was how would the team defend?
Offense was predictably going to be a problem without a player who could create his own shot consistently unless someone really stepped up. Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and J.J. Redick have each taken turns carrying the offensive load. But there have been plenty of games where none have had it going and the Magic offense has cratered.
The success of this season was going to center around how well the defense would play. And, as one might expect, the Magic won 12 of their first 25 games when their defense was among the best in the NBA and has struggled mightily in losing 23 of the next 25 games entering Sunday's game against Portland when the defense has cratered.
If Orlando is going to right the ship and get back to winning, it will -- as it so often does -- start on the defensive end.
That is how Orlando raced out to that 12-13 start -- and it certainly feels...