AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The
But Irving's and Holiday's rising-star status probably doesn't give the
"We talked about that today: our ability just to contain penetration and contain the basketball," coach
It could become a point of concern, especially after the departure of three-time Defensive Player of the Year
Starting point guard
Vaughn wanted to see more physical play from his team on this road trip.
What he saw against the Cavaliers — especially early — concerned him.
In the first half, the Magic attempted only five foul shots, while the Cavs took 19.
"I think there's the aggressiveness in their favor, just by that stat alone," Vaughn said.
Orlando improved in the second half. The Magic had 16 free-throw attempts, while the Cavaliers had 15.
The perception around much of the NBA of
Vaughn said he's been pleased with what he's seen from the 6-foot-10 small forward so far. This preseason, Vaughn occasionally has played Turkoglu at power forward when the Magic have smaller lineups on the floor.
Vaughn hasn't run many plays so far this preseason, deciding instead to acclimate his players to an offense that emphasizes cutting and movement.
As a result, the Magic have run fewer pick-and-rolls, which are Turkoglu's specialty.
Still, Vaughn insists that he eventually will take advantage of Turkoglu's ability to handle the basketball.
"I haven't initiated as many plays so far with him," Vaughn said. "But believe me, I've drawn 'em up, and they are in the arsenal. It really is a luxury having him."
• The Magic stayed at the same Birmingham, Mich., hotel as the
• During pregame warm-ups, Turkoglu spoke with former Magic coach Brian Hill on the Magic bench for a while. Hill is an assistant coach with the Pistons.
• Vaughn and Pistons coach