ORLANDO, Fla. -- Its become almost a ritual in Orlando in recent years: The Magic tip off the season with the goal of ending their postseason drought after a dramatic offseason of changes.They hope they got it right this time.After coach Scott Skiles walked away after going 35-47 in his only season in Orlando the team parted ways with emerging star guard Victor Oladipo. Now veteran coach Frank Vogel with his defense-first focus has been brought in to lead the Magic to the playoffs for the first time since Dwight Howard left town in 2012.Vogel isnt being asked to work miracles with his philosophy alone. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan went out this offseason and brought in reinforcements.I think we addressed some needs that we needed to address in the offseason, particularly rim protection and physicality up front, said Hennigan, who is on his third coach since taking over in 2012. So we are going to rely on defense and our versatility and depth.Power forward Serge Ibaka came over in a draft-night trade that sent Oladipo and a first-round draft pick to Oklahoma City. The Magic also made moves in free agency, signing center Bismack Biyombo to give the team a defensive interior presence.But there are legitimate questions about whether the Magic have done enough to make a push for the playoffs. There are concerns about consistent scoring after trading Oladipo, who was their second-leading scorer behind center Nikola Vucevic. Shooting guard Evan Fournier will have to be a more effective scorer to help fill the void.The Magic have also shifted third-year player Aaron Gordon from power forward to small forward, who will have to become a better perimeter shooter.---Here are some other things to watch for with the Orlando Magic this season:BIG 3: When Magic talk about their Big 3 theyre talking big men: Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic. During the preseason Ibaka and Vucevic were the starters, but Biyombos shot-blocking ability could send Vucevic to the bench. Vucevic, who was the teams leading scorer last season with 18.2 points per game, is much more of a polished finisher around the rim than Biyombo.SHOOTING STAR: Evan Fournier seemed to turn a corner as a consistent scorer toward the end of last season. But Fournier, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension this summer to remain with the team, will have to be an even bigger scorer for the Magic this season.WHATS THE POINT? There is no player on the Magics roster who has faced more scrutiny than third-year point guard Elfrid Payton. Everything from his ability to hit open jumpers to his ball handling has been questioned. Payton averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 assists and 2.4 turnovers per game last year. A capable penetrator, Payton shot 44 percent from the field last season but converted just under 33 percent from 3-point range.FRANKLY SPEAKING: New Magic coach Frank Vogel brings huge defensive expectations to Orlando with him. In Indiana, his Pacers were consistently among the top defensive teams. The lack of consistent offense was his shortcoming. This Magic team has a chance to be fairly strong defensively this season, but scoring the basketball could be a problem that follows Vogel. He doesnt have proven go-to scorer or shooter on the roster, which could bogue down the offense.SECOND PLATOON: The Magics second unit could be their best scoring option. The reserve unit that consists of a combination of guards C.J. Watson, D.J. Augustin and C.J. Wilcox along with small forwards Jeff Green and Mario Hezonja , sharp-shooting big-man Damjan Rudez and Bismack Biyombo in the post could be fun to watch. 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Highly rated soccer import Bobo is expected to make his debut for Sydney FC in Tuesdays FFA Cup tie against Perth Glory, with coach Graham Arnold predicting big things from the Brazilian striker.Sydney captain Alex Brosque, who missed the latter part of the last A-League season with a hamstring injury, is also tipped to play at least some of the game at Dorrien Gardens.Bobo is Sydney FCs most recent recruit and is expected to add some firepower to the Sky Blues front line.Bobo is settling in very well and we expect him to play tomorrow night, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold said.Hes a fantastic guy, hes fitted in perfectly.Were expecting big things from Bobo and Im sure hell deliver.Arnold said Brosque, who re-signed with the club last weekkend, had worked very hard in the off-season.ddddddddddddorward Brosque, who made his comeback in a cameo appearance off the bench in a pre-season match against Brisbane, isnt sure how much of Tuesdays game hell play.Some part, Brosque said.It will depend on how the game is going. Obviously we need to factor in that there could be extra time as well, which is an extra half an hour.The body is feeling good the legs are feeling good, so whatever part Arnie feels I can play will be good for me.Arnold said striker Bernie Ibini, who is still recovering from a broken leg, was the only player not travelling to Perth. ' ' '
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