Nikola 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 Orlando 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.
Nikola 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 wasn't battling foul trouble and didn't succumb to an injury in the outing. Instead, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, coach Scott Skiles said after the game that Vucevic showed "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 when they aren't playing particularly well. 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-time measure designed to light a fire under Vucevic. Expect him to continue to start for the
Nikola 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.
Nikola Vucevic will start Friday's game against the Jazz, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Vucevic came off the bench in his return to the court Wednesday, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. His presence in the starting five means Dwayne Dedmon will return to the bench, and Channing Frye will get the nod at power forward, while Tobias Harris slots in at small forward.
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