Coach Frank Vogel said Green (back) would be a game-time call for Friday's tilt with the Pistons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Green ended up missing Wednesday's loss to the Hornets while battling back spasms, but it seems he's at least improved on some level over the past two days. The Magic will check back in on Green's condition shortly before the 7:00 p.m. ET tip off, but if he's sidelined for another contest, Mario Hezonja would likely serve as the top backup to Aaron Gordon (hip), who has been cleared to play after being labeled as questionable heading into Friday.
Green will be held out Wednesday against the Hornets due to back spasms, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. With Green out of commision Wednesday, look for coach Frank Vogel to spread his 15-to-20 minutes primarily among Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja and Terrence Ross. The Magic haven't provided much indication that Green will be in store for a long-term absence, so he should be viewed as day-to-day ahead of Friday's game against the Pistons.
Green managed 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 18 minutes in Thursday's 122-92 loss to the Warriors. Green saw about the same amount of run off the Orlando bench in the blowout defeat but upped his involvement, putting up his highest amount of shot attempts over the last four games. That helped lead to his fifth double-digit scoring effort in the last nine contests and pushed his March scoring average to a decent 9.8 points over an average of 18 minutes per contest. His current role off the bench naturally caps his upside, but with starting small forward Terrence Ross struggling to provide anything beyond modest production, it's not out of the question that Green could find his way back to the starting five at some point before the season concludes.
Green finished with 15 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, and one block across 20 minutes during Monday's 113-105 loss to the Knicks. Despite the trading of Serge Ibaka to the Raptors before the deadline, Green's playing time has stayed near the 20-to-25 minute range. He now serves as Aaron Gordon's primary backup at power forward, as Terrance Ross has emerged as the definitive starter at small forward for the Magic, averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks across 34.5 minutes per game since joining the team. It seems safe to say that Green's fantasy value will likely remain the same for the remainder of the year.
Green will come off the bench for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Green was temporarily thrust into the starting lineup following the Serge Ibaka trade, but with Terrence Ross, who the Magic acquired in return for Ibaka, now available and in the starting lineup, the Magic will send Green back to the bench. That likely means a drop in minutes for the 30-year-old veteran, but he'll still be in line to serve as the first forward off the bench behind both Ross and Aaron Gordon, so he should still play a decent role off the bench.
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