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Orlando Magic more confident after West Coast trip

After going 3-2 on their most recent road trip, the Orlando Magic seem to be gaining some confidence. How are the players reacting to close losses?


The Orlando Magic return to the Amway Center on Wednesday after going 3-2 on a road trip out west. While they are still rebuilding and are a long way from being where they were a couple years ago, the Magic's confidence has increased and the team seems to be more united now.

Magic forward Glen Davis, interviewed by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, says that staying together is the main message the team is trying to use this season:

" 'Together.' It's what we say every day in the huddle. We're starting to live it every single day now, and being on the road brings it together even more, because now you're in a building with 20,000 other people, and they're against you. So that mentality has to spread, not only away, but at home."

Despite finishing the trip strong, the Magic players, such as guard J.J. Redick, did express regret at missing opportunities to win against the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz:

"So that was a step forward. Frankly, we were in a position to win that game [over Utah]. We were in a position to win against Sacramento."

Head coach Jacque Vaughn believes that the Magic are getting more confident and are starting to believe that they can go out and win every game from here in:

"That's been growth for us," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I really do feel like each game that we stepped out on the floor during this trip we felt like we were going to win."

The Magic return home on Wednesday to the Amway Center to play the Atlanta Hawks, a team they lost to, 81-72, back on Nov. 19.

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