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Magic struggle to maintain their focus

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The Magic are in no danger of losing their No. 4 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round.

It's realistically too late for the Atlanta Hawks to catch them with just five regular season games remaining.

They are in danger of a playoff disaster, though, according to coach Stan Van Gundy. The Hawks, who they likely will face in the first round, beat the Magic in three of the four regular season meetings.

And the Magic continue to go through lapses of focus, which was how they were embarrassed in Toronto by the Raptors Sunday with another dismal performance.

"We didn't even try to turn it on (Sunday)," said Van Gundy, obviously disgusted with the performance. "They (Raptors) wanted to win. We didn't even care."

The Magic won Friday night at home against the Bobcats, but they still played poorly, according to Van Gundy. They weren't so lucky Sunday night. While center Dwight Howard has talked about the need for getting some rest leading up to the playoffs, Van Gundy just doesn't think it is possible.

Sunday was the latest example. When Howard came out for a breather in the fourth quarter, the Magic were in control. In his absence, the Raptors seized the game.

"It's a little ridiculous that we can't even let Dwight get a drink of water, but that's the way it is," Van Gundy said. "When he leaves, we have no defense and (Sunday) we had very little offense. It's crazy."

RAPTORS 102, MAGIC 98: Center Dwight Howard dominated around the basket, but he couldn't do it alone, leading to a disappointing loss to the lowly Raptors. Howard had 31 points and nine rebounds, but the Magic struggled defensively, and they were outrebounded by the Raptors, 48-30. Jameer Nelson had 21 points, while Jason Richardson had 13 and Hedo Turkoglu 11. The Raptors were led by guard DeMar DeRosen, who had 24 points. The Raptors had lost in Chicago Saturday while the Magic were off, but it was the Raptors who played with considerably more energy and urgency.

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