The Orlando Magic are on course to employ a new regular-season game-day routine.
This preseason the Magic have done away with morning shootarounds, choosing instead to hold afternoon shootarounds on their Amway Center practice court before home exhibitions and afternoon walkthroughs in hotel ballrooms when they've been on the road.
It appears that coach Jacque Vaughn made the switch to improve players' retention of specific gameplans and to keep his players fresh.
Vaughn wouldn't discuss his specific reasoning prior to Sunday night's exhibition against the Detroit Pistons, but some other teams — typically teams loaded with experienced players — in recent years have shifted away from morning shootarounds.
"Have I made a conscious effort to not have some shootarounds? Yes," Vaughn said. "And will that continue throughout the course of the year? Probably yes. I took a scope of all the things that we did last year — what I liked, what I didn't like, what I thought was efficient. And that's what I'm about. I'm about being efficient.
"I don't have to stroke my own ego and check boxes off [a practice plan]. I just don't. I don't have to do what other coaches do. I'm fine with doing what I think is best for my team."
NBA teams almost never hold morning shootarounds on the second day of a back-to-back, and the Magic didn't hold morning shootarounds on those days last season, either.
This preseason, even on the road, Magic players have had the option to go to the gym in the morning to put up shots.
Vaughn has juggled some elements of his starting lineup throughout the preseason, but he said Sunday that he likely won't base his lineups around specific positional matchups in the season ahead.
"I won't go game-to-game," he said. "I think guys need to have a rhythm of when they're going into the game. That helps guys out throughout the course of the season."
With the beginning of the regular season looming, Vaughn said he isn't planning to seek continuity within specific playing rotations during his team's final three preseason games.
The Magic now have two remaining preseason exhibitions — Tuesday in San Antonio and Friday at home against New Orleans.
The regular season will begin with two road games — Oct. 29 against the Indiana Pacers and Oct. 30 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Magic's home opener will be Nov. 1 against the Pelicans.
"We play New Orleans the third game of the season, so I won't run everything in that [preseason] game that we'll run against them the third game of the season," Vaughn said. "So that's just being smart. It's a marathon, and when you run that marathon, you train up to that marathon a certain amount of mileage."
Point guard Ronnie Price, who was slowed by nagging injuries early this preseason, made his Magic debut Sunday, checking in with 5:31 left in the first quarter.
• Doron Lamb sat out Sunday and hasn't played this preseason. The second-year guard sprained his right ankle during a practice on Oct. 6.
• Michael Winslow, "the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" and a star of the "Police Academy" movies, entertained during Sunday's game.
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