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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-09Coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't paint a very pretty picture for the immediate future of his team.

Van Gundy was anything but optimistic when it came to Tuesday night's upcoming game in Charlotte against the Bobcats, or Wednesday's much-anticipated home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We have no toughness, and we're not very smart right now," Van Gundy said. "We're one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and until that changes, we've got problems."

Van Gundy was livid after his team lost in Oklahoma City by 28 points Sunday night. The Magic, though, will be going against a team Tuesday that they have owned recently, which should make their woes disappear.

The Magic beat the Bobcats all four times last season. They also have beaten the Bobcats eight of the last nine times they played.

The Magic are hoping that the return of Vince Carter, who played at the University of North Carolina, will help. Carter has missed four games with a sprained left ankle, but he is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. They also expect J.J. Redick, the Duke graduate, to have a big game in Charlotte.

Van Gundy, though, didn't want to hear any of that. He is frustrated by his team's lack of focus defensively.

"We're so soft. We don't have any toughness on the roster, and that needs to change," he said. "Right now it doesn't matter who we play because we're not playing very well."

THUNDER 102, MAGIC 74: Kevin Durant had 28 points, and Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists as the Thunder crushed the Magic. The Magic have played well much of this season, but they have been dreadful in their two losses, first in Detroit and now in Oklahoma City. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 20 points Sunday. The Magic hit only three of 16 shots from three-point range.

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Added: November 9, 2009


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