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Orlando's head coach wants his team to battle hard against Memphis on Sunday.
The Orlando Magic host the Memphis Grizzlies, the West's fourth-best team, on Sunday night, and Magic coach Jacque Vaughn hopes his team has the right mentality. Memphis is a throwback team, one that doesn't shoot three-pointers often or well and instead focuses on bullying teams on the inside with its duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Orlando lost by just six points in its first meeting against the Grizzlies despite having seven players available. Free throws were key in that defeat: Memphis had 20 more attempts than Orlando did, and Magic bigs Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic fouled out. "That's huge for us," Vaughn said before Sunday's game. "To be able to play with physicality, but play without fouling, which is a tough task.
Vaughn said he's happy to have more than seven guys available for Sunday's game, but he hopes at least one thing carries over from the Magic's first loss to Memphis.
"I just hope we have the right mindset," Vaughn said. "You know, going into that game, when you've only got seven or eight guys available, your mindset is, 'It's all us. We have to do it.' Now with more guys available, it's... I'll take that seven-or-eight-guy mentality with more players."
Point guard Jameer Nelson will not play Sunday, marking his sixth straight absence due to a knee contusion he sustained in Orlando's loss to the Dallas Mavericks on February 20th. Vaughn described Nelson as being "day-to-day."