By John Denton

Because of injuries and rest over the lengthy preseason, the Orlando Magic had what figures to be their starting lineup on the floor together for just two games in the exhibition season.

Still, the Magic exited the preseason on Friday night and headed toward Tuesday’s regular-season opener feeling that they got plenty accomplished over the past month. The half-court defense has steadily improved, the offensive flow is smoother and team is much more comfortable with the demands of head coach Jacque Vaughn.

The Magic closed the preseason with a 2-6 record largely because regulars such as Jameer Nelson, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic missed time throughout camp with minor injuries. In a perfect world, Vaughn would have liked to have seen his primary rotation on the floor together more, but he’s still pleased that the Magic have made significant strides and are ready for Tuesday’s opener in Indiana against the Pacers.

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