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Magic coach Scott Skiles considers making lineup changes

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Desperate for a spark to turn his team around, Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles talked about lineup changes for his team.

The Magic, coming off a 19-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Magic have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

“We may make some changes, see if we can try to come up with something to try to re-energize us a little bit,” Skiles told the Orlando Sentinel. “But everybody throughout the year has gotten an opportunity, so it’s about taking advantage of the opportunity.”

The Magic blamed a lack of defensive stops and ball movement for their problems against the Lakers, who are only 14-51 this season. The Magic has won 27, but it hasn’t made the playoff push it might have expected.

“We’re going to stay in it every day. Coach (Skiles) isn’t going to allow us to fold and tank it. That’s not in his identity and it’s not in our team’s identity,’’ said Magic center Jason Smith, who had 13 points and 10 points in his first two starts of the season. “It would be great for us to keep plugging away no matter what the record is or what the playoff battle is. … You don’t want to have that regret of, `Ahhhh, we gave that game away and gave that game away.’ It’s just one of those things where we just have to get better every day.’’

The Magic have missed center Nik Vucevik because of injury the last two nights.

“I’d have to crack open some skulls and look inside of there,’’ Skiles told “It’s not a big secret that we’ve slipped almost unbelievably on that end of the floor from the first of the year, and then we’ll have a game where we’ll have a really good half or something and it seems to be coming back. But the ability to sustain it? We’ve lost that.’’

The Magic play the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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