The Orlando Magic have had a busy week. After the All-Star Break, they played games Tuesday and Wednesday, made two separate trades involving seven players on Thursday, and played another game Friday. The Magic's three new players--Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih--will be active and in uniform for Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I got a chance to have a brief shootaround [with the new players] just a few minutes ago, [so] I'm trying to incorporate them as quickly as possible," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said about 75 minutes before Saturday's tipoff.
Vaughn wasn't sure what he could expect from the new players, but he again emphasized that he hopes to bring them up to speed quickly. Regarding Saturday's game, he said, "I'll take the pulse of the game and see, rotation-wise, what's good for us."
The new guys don't know the Magic's plays yet, but Vaughn said they knew the team's "concepts of what we're trying to do." The coach said he did show his "side out-of-bounds [and] underneath out-of-bounds" plays to the newcomers.
Harris is a second-year player and Lamb a rookie, so they won't have much experience on which to rely for Saturday's game. Udrih has eight-plus seasons of NBA experience, and has the benefit of being teammates with Vaughn with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2006/07 season.
"I think our ability to communicate, that's where our advantage lies," Vaughn said.
Lamb and Udrih will bolster a depleted backcourt. Jameer Nelson, normally Orlando's starting point guard, is "day-to-day" with a "contusion of his patellar" and he will not play Saturday. Vaughn said he expects Lamb to defend opposing point guards and he praised the rookie's "defensive principles." E'Twaun Moore will start again Saturday after having played 39 minutes on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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