Vucevic tallied 18 points (9-19 FG), 10 rebounds (four offensive), and two assists before fouling out in 32 minutes during Sunday's win over the Celtics. Coach Scott Skiles has yo-yoed Vucevic's playing time throughout the season, as Sunday's game was just the sixth time in 14 appearances that he's seen more than 30 minutes, after averaging 34.2 minutes per game in 2014-15 under Jacque Vaughn. Despite his steady track record of production, it looks as though Vucevic will have to earn his minutes each game by performing well in the first half, as Skiles has shown no hesitation to turn to Andrew Nicholson or Jason Smith if Vucevic isn't getting it done early on in a given night.
Vucevic went for 22 points (10-19 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 32 minutes during the Magic's 100-91 win versus the Knicks on Wednesday. Vucevic was dominant, dropping his fifth double-double of the season. Vucevic has also played 30 or more minutes only five times this year, averaging 29 minutes per game prior to Wednesday. The 25-year-old center has gotten of to an underwhelming start, but assuming he stays healthy, Vucevic seems like a solid bet to begin pumping out performances like this on a more regular basis than he has thus far.
Vucevic scored 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 FT) with 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Kings. It was another quick night for Vucevic, who's only played 30 or more minutes once in five games since returning to the lineup from a knee injury. The double-double was his fourth of the season, but he'll have a hard time producing them at his usual pace if he continues to lose court time.
Vucevic didn't play in the second half or overtime of Wednesday's 104-101 win over the Timberwolves, finishing the night with eight points (4-13 FG), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 16 minutes. Vucevic wasn't battling foul trouble and didn't succumb to an injury in the outing. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, coach Scott Skiles said after the game that Vucevic had "low energy" in the first half, which prompted the center's benching after halftime. During his previous stints in Phoenix, Chicago, and Milwaukee, Skiles was notorious for routinely adjusting his rotations on the fly, with even players of Vucevic's caliber not immune to occasional benchings. While Skiles' decision to pull the plug early on Vucevic was undoubtedly frustrating for those who used the center in daily lineups, it's likely just a one-off benching to light a fire under Vucevic. Expect him to continue to start for the Magic and regularly play over 30 minutes a night.
Vucevic scored 16 points (8-14 FG) with nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's win over the Jazz. With Rudy Gobert (ankle) sidelined for the Jazz, Vucevic's return to the starting lineup from his own knee injury was a lot easier than it could have been. Expect his minutes to continue creeping up as he puts the injury further behind him.
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