- Tom Haberstroh
On Wednesday night, the new-look Orlando Magic visit New Orleans looking to extend their win streak to 10 games. If it weren't for the Heat and their 21 victories in 22 games, the Magic would garner recognition as the league's hottest team. And they're not just beating up on the league's doormats, either: They have defeated three league titans -- the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs -- by a combined 40 points.
The Magic's steamroll through has many people wondering: Is this version better than the 2008-09 team that reached the Finals?
From the looks of it, the answer appears to be a resounding "yes."
Last summer, we thought the Eastern Conference could come down to two Florida teams -- and the way things look right now, it may. As Tom Haberstroh writes, the Orlando Magic are better than the 2008-09 version that made the NBA Finals and should be considered a very real threat in the East.