Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Buried in most experts' predictions, the Orlando Magic have given a big finger to those who doubted their patchwork roster.
Led by Glen Davis, E'Twaun Moore and J.J. Redick, the Magic beat the Denver Nuggets 102-89 to begin the season. Yes, E'Twaun Moore helped lead Orlando to a win over a good team.
An equally impressive 114-95 win over the Phoenix Suns bumped the Magic to 2-0, but it was who didn't play that made the win that much more significant.
Both Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu missed the game for the Magic, leaving Moore and DeQuan Jones to start in their place.
Second-year forward Nikola Vucevic also started and scored 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
Keep in mind the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers started 7-9 and were competitive for a while in their first year without LeBron James before going on to lose 26 straight games later in the year.
Enjoy the ride, Magic fans. You never know how long it will last.