ORLANDO FL - NOVEMBER 03: Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot over Anthony Tolliver #44 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game at Amway Arena on November 3 2010 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
As they did in Wednesday's romp over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic will start Ryan Anderson at power forward and Rashard Lewis at small forward tonight when they face the New Jersey Nets, Anderson's former team, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Here are the reasons coach Stan Van Gundy gave for his decision to once again go with this group, per Robbins:
The Magic got off to a good start Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves with Anderson on the floor,
He likes putting Rashard Lewis on the Nets’ Travis Outlaw because Outlaw has a bit more size and has played power forward,
He likes Brandon Bass coming off of the bench to play talented rookie Derrick Favors,
He likes Quentin Richardson coming off the bench to face second-year player Terrence Williams.
Only time will tell if Anderson will carve out a permanent spot in the starting lineup, or if Van Gundy is merely tinkering based on the situation. But if Orlando keeps winning with the Anderson/Lewis forward duo, it'll be hard to argue for a revert to form, which has Lewis at power forward and Richardson at small forward.