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Orlando Magic News for December 9th - Keyon Dooling to Start?

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  • Just one game after recording his first DNP-CD of the season, Keyon Dooling may find himself starting at shooting guard for the Orlando Magic on Monday against the Hawks, reports John Denton. Keith Bogans, who usually starts at that position, is questionable with a thigh bruise sustained late in Friday night's loss to the Pacers. Denton also reports that Stan Van Gundy is having trouble coming up with a set rotation of players, but he wants to have one sooner rather than later:

    "The problem I have with the perimeter guys is not that they haven’t played well, but that they’ve all played well," Van Gundy said. "It’s very hard now to get them all in. We have six guys not counting Hedo (Turkoglu) and Rashard (Lewis) and that makes it tough to play them all. You can’t play them all, so I’ve got some decisions to make.

    "I don’t care how tight the rotation is, but I want it to be fairly set because that helps the players. I haven’t been able to get to that yet and I consider that to be a failure on my part."

  • Brian Schmitz notes in today's Orlando Sentinel roundup that the Magic have had turnover problems in their past few games. The Magic are 10th in the league in turnovers per 100 possessions (16.2), which is much better than their last-place finish in that category last year.
  • Yesterday was Dwight Howard's 22nd birthday. Adam Reisinger of ESPN.com noted in Friday's Daily Dime that Dwight Howard is on pace to be just the third player in NBA history to average 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. The first two players to accomplish that feat were Bob McAdoo in 1973/1974 (age 22) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975/1976 (age 28).