Team officials say they believe Richardson has a
"It's not my heart," Richardson said. "It's my lungs."
The Magic and the Bucks played for the third time in 10 days when the teams faced each other Monday.
But you'd be wrong if you think the Magic's
The pair of 6-foot-10 forwards are close friends.
"He's my boy!" Turkoglu said.
They hail from Turkey, and they have played on the Turkish national team together, most recently at last summer's European championship tournament in Lithuania.
Turkoglu regards himself as a "big brother" to Ilyasova and the other Turkish players in the
"They respect me as their big brother, and I love them like I love my two younger brothers."
"It feels like you're sort of in a playoff series," Van Gundy said.
That comment set up his audience of reporters for the sarcasm to follow.
"In fact," he continued, "the way they normally string out first-round playoff series, you actually don't play three games as frequently in the first round of the playoffs."
If there is any doubt just how important point guard
Nelson and Turkoglu are the Magic's barometers, and each of them struggled mightily on Sunday.
Nelson went 2-for-11 from the field with four assists and three turnovers. Turkoglu missed all four shots he attempted, and had three assists and three turnovers.
"The guys that we rely on to make the most plays in terms of creating offense are Jameer and Hedo," Van Gundy said. "When they both play well, then we're pretty tough. When one of 'em plays well, we're OK. And when neither one of 'em plays well, we're not going to be very good. That's the reality of where we are."
• Van Gundy is impressed with Ilyasova, who scored 29 points and hauled in 25 rebounds in Sunday night's 92-85 Bucks win over the
• U.S. Sen.
• Bucks rookie
• The upper deck at Bradley Center had to be 80 to 85 percent empty.
• The Magic committed six first-quarter turnovers. The Bucks had one.
• Some fans in Section 212 chanted "L.A. Lake-ers" when Howard stepped to the foul line with 27.5 seconds left in the first quarter.