Loss will help Magic

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 3:05 AM ET

Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy normally takes losing about as well as Sam Mitchell used to tolerate stupid questions which is to say, not well at all.

But after the Raptors waltzed into Amway Arena on Wednesday night and waltzed right back out with a 99-95 win over Stan's Magic, the turtle-neck loving coach almost sounded like he was thanking the Dinos.

Turns out Van Gundy has felt for a while now that his club was not playing up to its potential despite carrying a six-game winning streak into the game Wednesday.

Not even a specialist in the field of dressing down a team like Van Gundy could go off on his charges when they're winning.

The Raptors solved that for him.

"You're trying to talk about things, but we're in a stretch where we've won 13 of 15 and it's not like you can go in and say 'This is why we're losing,' We're not losing. We've gotten away with this kind of game several times. No matter what you say, it's good that it's in their minds that they're never out of a game ... but when you use that to take the rest of the game for granted, that's not good."

Now, thanks to the Raptors, Van Gundy can make that point.

D-Day for Douby

Guard Quincy Douby's 10-day contract wrapped up yesterday and the Raptors are going to have to decide today whether to offer him another one. The problem with that is head coach Jay Triano readily admits he has no idea whether one is warranted or not because he hasn't been able to get Douby enough minutes to make that determination. Triano was hoping to get Douby into Wednesday's game for a decent look but with the game tight for most of the evening there was no chance.


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