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Robbins: Orlando Magic Set Firm Starting Lineup and Second Unit

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Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy has decided to "stabilize" his playing rotation, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. That means starting Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Quentin Richardson, Rashard Lewis, and Dwight Howard each night. Further, power forward Ryan Anderson--who's started four games this year yet played fewer minutes than all but one of his teammates--is out of the rotation for now. Finally, Robbins says, small forward Mickael Pietrus will return to the rotation. He's received a Did Not Play-Coach's Decision in each of the Magic's last two games.

UPDATE (this paragraph only): Robbins has a full write-up at the Sentinel's BasketBlog, while Zach McCann has reaction from Ryan Anderson.

Thus, the Magic are left with this playing rotation:

Jameer Nelson Vince Carter Quentin Richardson Rashard Lewis Dwight Howard
Chris Duhon J.J. Redick Mickael
Brandon Bass Marcin Gortat
Third String
Jason Williams Ryan Anderson
Daniel Orton

Just last month, Van Gundy said he'd like to find room in the rotation for both Anderson and Brandon Bass, but then backtracked when he determined playing eleven guys each night wasn't realistic. Then, he planned to alter the starting lineup based on matchups, but that idea backfired too.

The Magic get their first crack at testing this rotation later this evening against the Toronto Raptors.