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Magic's Jason Richardson sits out against the Bucks

By Josh Robbins

Orlando Sentinel

8:41 PM EST, February 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE — Jason Richardson took the Bradley Center court about 90 minutes before the Orlando Magic faced the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night to test himself, but he ultimately was deactivated and did not play.

Team officials say they believe Richardson has a virus in his chest that has caused some inflammation and caused the chest pain he has experienced lately. That chest pain made Richardson a late scratch from Sunday's Magic game in Miami.

"It's not my heart," Richardson said. "It's my lungs."

Good friends

The Magic and the Bucks played for the third time in 10 days when the teams faced each other Monday.

But you'd be wrong if you think the Magic's Hedo Turkoglu and the Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova have gotten sick of each other.

The pair of 6-foot-10 forwards are close friends.

"He's my boy!" Turkoglu said.

They hail from Turkey, and they have played on the Turkish national team together, most recently at last summer's European championship tournament in Lithuania.

Turkoglu regards himself as a "big brother" to Ilyasova and the other Turkish players in the NBA: Cleveland's Semih Erden, Chicago's Omer Asik and Utah's Enes Kanter.

"They respect me as their big brother, and I love them like I love my two younger brothers."

Playoff feel

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said so many games against the Bucks in a short time had a familiar feel.

"It feels like you're sort of in a playoff series," Van Gundy said.

That comment set up his audience of reporters for the sarcasm to follow.

"In fact," he continued, "the way they normally string out first-round playoff series, you actually don't play three games as frequently in the first round of the playoffs."

Key duo

If there is any doubt just how important point guard Jameer Nelson and Turkoglu are to the Magic's offense, look back to Sunday's 90-78 Magic loss to the Heat.

Nelson and Turkoglu are the Magic's barometers, and each of them struggled mightily on Sunday.

Nelson went 2-for-11 from the field with four assists and three turnovers. Turkoglu missed all four shots he attempted, and had three assists and three turnovers.

"The guys that we rely on to make the most plays in terms of creating offense are Jameer and Hedo," Van Gundy said. "When they both play well, then we're pretty tough. When one of 'em plays well, we're OK. And when neither one of 'em plays well, we're not going to be very good. That's the reality of where we are."

Layups

• Van Gundy is impressed with Ilyasova, who scored 29 points and hauled in 25 rebounds in Sunday night's 92-85 Bucks win over the New Jersey Nets. "At any time with those numbers, you just go 'wow,' " Van Gundy said. "If he's not the hardest-playing, most energetic big guy in the league, he's certainly one of the top two or three."

• U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), the Bucks' owner, attended Monday's Magic-Bucks game.

• Bucks rookie Jon Leuer, who started the game out of position and matched against Dwight Howard, scored Milwaukee's first six points. The first four points came on jumpers.

• The upper deck at Bradley Center had to be 80 to 85 percent empty.

• The Magic committed six first-quarter turnovers. The Bucks had one.

• Some fans in Section 212 chanted "L.A. Lake-ers" when Howard stepped to the foul line with 27.5 seconds left in the first quarter.

jbrobbins@tribune.com. Read his blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/magicblog. Subscribe to our Orlando Magic newsletter at OrlandoSentinel.com/joinus.