Magic send home Pietrus

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

The H1N1 virus hasn't had the impact in Orlando it is having in the GTA, but no one is taking chances these days with any kind of flu bug.

Magic starting forward Mickael Pietrus came down with something between Saturday's practice and yesterday's game against the Raptors, and the Magic decided to put him on a plane and send him back home.

"I think in normal circumstances he could have stayed, maybe even played," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said, "but these aren't normal circumstances. We'll err on the side of caution."

Van Gundy said he didn't think Pietrus had contracted H1N1, but felt it was important for the team to be ultra vigilant in protecting its players.

"If something happens and he's feeling better tomorrow, we'll fly him to Detroit (Orlando's next stop)."

Turk finding his way

If there was a game this early in the season that you expected the Hedo Turkoglu of old to show up, it was yesterday's against his old teammates. And on a few occasions, Turkoglu looked like the guy who was a key part of Orlando's run to the NBA final last year. He was driving to the basket and hitting his fall-away jumper at times, but he still doesn't feel he's all the way back just yet.

"I'm trying," Turkoglu said about asserting himself on the Raptors' game plan. "It's just we have so many weapons and I think I have to take my time. When the time comes, I have to be more aggressive instead of passing up shots and find a way to take it to the hole like I did a few times today."

Turkoglu wound up with a season-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and contributed four assists.

'Not a morning guy'

This comes from Turkoglu's former head coach, Van Gundy: "Hedo's biggest thing is -- I don't know what time in the morning they practise here -- but 10 a.m. is not his best time of the day. At a 10 a.m. practice, you sometimes needed to do a little prodding and sometimes a lot more than a little to get him going. But that's just him. He's just not a morning guy. I say that almost comically because he worked hard, he practised every day and played extremely well."


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