Brandon Jennings was a DNP-CD in the Orlando Magic 's season finale Wednesday.
Jennings concluded the season with a string of four straight DNP-CDs, which did not appear to be injury-related. It's unclear if something was going on behind the scenes, but coach Scott Skiles chose to go with Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson as his two point guards down the stretch. The 26-year-old Jennings, who came to Orlando in a deadline deal with Detroit, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Brandon Jennings had eight points (2-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-5 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one steal across 17 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 108-97 loss to the Heat on Friday.
Jennings moved to a bench role with Elfrid Payton re-claiming his spot in the starting lineup. However, Jennings saw just 11 minutes during Wednesday's start versus the Pistons, and is averaging 22 minutes per contest over the last five games. Meanwhile, fellow backup point guard C.J. Watson played 19 minutes on Friday, so there is plenty of competition for minutes even if Victor Oladipo (wrist) remains sidelined on Saturday.
Brandon Jennings will return to the bench for Friday's game against Miami, John Denton of Orlando Orlando Magic .com reports.
Jennings has started the last six contests, partially due to an injury to Elfrid Payton, but he'll return to the bench Friday as Payton moves back into the lineup. Despite starting Wednesday's matchup with Detroit, Jennings only played 11 minutes to Payton's 34, so both players' roles should remain fairly constant Friday. However, Victor Oladipo is considered "50-50" to play due to a wrist injury, so if he's ultimately held out, Jennings could potentially see increased minutes off the ball.
Brandon Jennings will continue to start at point guard in Sunday's tilt with the Raptors, John Denton of Orlando Orlando Magic .com reports.
The Magic will welcome Elfrid Payton (elbow) back into the mix after a five-game absence, but he'll likely remain on a minutes limit, enabling Jennings to make his fourth straight start at point guard. After faring well in his first two starts, Jennings regressed Friday against the Cavaliers, finishing with two points (1-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt) in 32 minutes. It shouldn't be long before Payton takes back the starting role, but even if that doesn't happen immediately, Jennings figures to see an immediate downturn in his court time.
Jennings made his second straight start on Wednesday, and was fairly efficient despite committing two turnovers. He is averaging 14 points, 7.5 assists to 1.5 turnovers, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 25 minutes per contest during these last two games, and could draw another start on Friday versus the Cavaliers if Elfrid Payton (elbow) remains sidelined.
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