For an Orlando franchise understandably staggered by fo…

For an Orlando franchise understandably staggered by four straight losses and a grueling 1-5 road trip – with three of those defeats coming after they had built leads of at least 15 points early in the games – any sort of good news is needed right now. The worst of their schedule is behind them and there’s still a strong belief that they can recapture the good vibes that they played with early in the season – even after Wednesday’s second-half collapse in a 106-93 loss to the Utah Jazz. “Ending the trip like this, it’s really hard, but we’re still in the race and still in the playoff (chase),’’ said guard Evan Fournier, a veteran of 4 ½ Magic seasons. “A lot of stuff can still happen. It’s going to feel good to be back in Orlando. I mean, the biggest thing, we just have to figure out when we have a lead, we have to keep it.’’
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“I think for us, there is nothing more that we can do. We’ve done it. The city has done it. This franchise had done it. The coaches have done it. My teammates have done it. We’ve done our job. The best way to recruit somebody is to just be yourself over the course of the year, and I would assume that he knows what is here and what makes this place special,” VanVleet said at the team’s first media availability since winning the NBA title. “If it’s enough than it’s enough. If it’s not then it’s not. … We would all love for him to be back and if he’s not then we will move on from there. It’s not the biggest deal in the world. He came here and did what he was supposed to do. So he brought this city a championship and I think he has earned his freedom and his career to do what he wants to do and we’ll all respect him and admire him.”
3 hours ago via ESPN
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