SACRAMENTO — Although he is concerned with his team's lack of ball movement on offense and its lack of rebounding overall, Stan Van Gundy has decided that will not make any changes to his starting lineup during the three-game West Coast road trip that begins today with a game against the Sacramento Kings.
"I'm not going to make any changes while we're out here," Van Gundy said after the team did a little shooting and a lot of film work at Power Balance Pavilion late Saturday afternoon.
Orlando's ball movement stalled at times during the Magic's 97-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday at Amway Center, and it wasn't the first time that has happened this season. The team's offense looked even more stagnant in the season-opening loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the hope was that more practice time and more games would mitigate the problem.
During the coaching staff's first three years in Orlando, the team often had one player in the starting lineup who didn't need many shots. Those players — Matt Barnes, Keith Bogans, Courtney Lee and Mo Evans — excelled at moving the ball.
Van Gundy believes that the current starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard does not have a player in that mold.
Perhaps the team would be well-served if Van Gundy tries different combinations of players.
"I'm not dissatisfied with anyone in particular," Van Gundy said. "I think we may need to get a balance of guys on the floor who look at the game a little bit differently and maybe look at the importance of moving the ball and setting screens.
"Right now, I think we've got three guys that we've been playing who really focus on that type of stuff: Chris [Duhon], Glen [Davis] and Quentin [Richardson]."
Davis did a better job in that facilitator's role Friday than he had in recent games.
But the team currently has only three players who can play center, and in their order of effectiveness defensively, those three are Howard, Davis and Anderson. If Davis starts at power forward alongside Howard, and both of them get into early foul trouble, the team would be vulnerable on the interior.
Van Gundy was still disappointed Saturday with how the Magic rebounded and played transition defense during their loss to the Bulls the night before.
Orlando allowed Chicago to grab 14 offensive rebounds.
"We had some breakdowns in our transition defense, but our rebounding was just ridiculous," Van Gundy said. "No physicality at all. No real effort on the glass. And so we got what we deserved."
Van Gundy and his coaches told the team Saturday that although Chicago shot just 34.8 percent in the third quarter, the Bulls still outscored the Magic 20-19 because the Bulls took 10 more shots in the period thanks to offensive rebounds and Magic turnovers.
To make the point, the coaches showed their players 20 video clips of rebounds from the night before, five clips of transition defense and some clips of the Magic's best and worst offensive possessions.
No Magic players wanted Saturday afternoon's session at Power Balance Pavilion to end more quickly than Duhon and Jason Richardson.
They wanted to watch the Detroit Lions face the New Orleans Saints in the NFL playoffs. Duhon is a Louisiana native who cheers for the Saints. Richardson is a Michigan native who roots for the Lions.
The Magic arrived at the arena around 2:45 p.m. PST, and the Lions and Saints were set to kick-off at 5 p.m. PST.
"Just landed in Sac town!" Duhon tweeted at 2:33 p.m. PST. "Quick practice then watching the Saints win."
The Magic left the arena at about 4:55 p.m. PST, so it wasn't as quick as Duhon had hoped.
• The Kings will play their ninth game of the season today. The Magic will be their eighth opponent that made the playoffs last season.
• Sacramento entered Saturday ranked first in the NBA in offensive rebounding, averaging 16.0 offensive boards per game.
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