One player was forced to fly home to central Florida because of flu-like symptoms.
Another was unavailable because of a tender ankle.
And yet one more was unable to play in the wake of a suspension that won't expire for another seven games.
There has been a lot of talk about Orlando's depth and the off-season commitment the franchise made by exceeding the league's salary cap.
As far as statements go, the Magic's win over the Raptors yesterday wasn't the most profound.
Given Toronto's deficiencies on defence and lack of mental fortitude, even a short-handed version of the Magic, which still fielded healthy pieces in Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, was more than capable of producing a win.
What the 125-116 conquest revealed was just how deep the Magic team is and how deep a run that awaits next spring when the basketball playoffs are in full bloom.
It says a lot about a team that advanced to last season's NBA final when it plays without Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis and Mickael Pietrus, is forced to start guys normally accustomed to coming off the bench, and never skips a beat.
Naturally, there were moments when the Magic looked vulnerable, but there were plenty of other occasions when the Magic looked invincible.
No one, at least no one with a clear conscious, is saying that Orlando will continue to remain unbeaten, but the team is 3-0 to begin the regular season and went 8-0 in the pre-season.
No one is questioning the defection of Hedo Turkoglu and there's no question Orlando will be a player this season.
A lot of the credit falls on the shoulders of GM Otis Smith, who got the green light from ownership to exceed the threshold, a forbidden territory for many clubs, Toronto included, but a necessary evil when a team is committed to winning a title.
The players know they have the backing of management, which is the only way to convince millionaire ballers that a club wants to win.
"I like the job Otis has done in bringing in people who only care about winning,'' Howard said. "We had a lot of guys out and everybody just wants to do their best to win.
"We're on our way to becoming a great team."
It's possible, assuming Howard stays healthy and Nelson is on the floor running the show.
Nelson's ability to penetrate and kick, to draw defenders and to knock down shots, are the perfect complements to Howard's presence in the post.
Orlando scored 36 points in the opening quarter against a Raptors team that yielded 39 fourth-quarter points in Memphis on Frida.
As a team, Orlando made 17 of 32 shots from beyond the three-point arc.
J.J. Redick started at shooting guard for Carter (out after spraining his left ankle in his return to New Jersey on Friday) and responded by scoring a career-high 27 points by playing a career-high 45 minutes.
Howard, who is notoriously bad when attempting free throws, converted on 14 of 16 trips to the line.
All the pieces are in place for Orlando to claim its first NBA championship.
But all the pieces must remain healthy.
Beating a team such as the Raptors, who essentially are a work in progress until they tighten things up defensively, is a good thing, especially when the win is produced on the road.
Orlando potentially could be scary because of its depth.
Its starting unit is potentially lethal once Lewis, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season by the NBA for taking a banned supplement, returns.
Carter wanted to play yesterday but couldn't because his lateral movement was severely restricted.
The Magic plays next tomorrow in suburban Detroit against the Pistons. Carter may play. The return of Pietrus, who flew to Orlando yesterday morning because of flu-like symptoms, is less certain.
"He's a go-to scorer, that's the main thing,'' Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said of Carter. "We can put the ball in Vince's hands and have him score and make the right play.
"I think he's one of the smartest players in the league. And he's one of the most proven scorers in this league."