Birch scored six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 FT) while adding nine rebounds, an assist and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 111-104 loss to the Bucks.
The rookie's role continues to increase in the absence of Nikola Vucevic (hand), although Birch's minutes and production have remained inconsistent. He's averaging 16.6 minutes, 5.0 points, 5.7 boards and 0.8 blocks over the last 12 games, but with Vucevic potentially returning to action after the All-Star break, Birch is likely to see his minutes shrink again.
Birch totaled four points (2-4 FG), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Saturday's 115-98 loss to Washington.
Birch came off the bench once again but outplayed Bismack Biyombo, not for the first time this season. He has seen regular minutes in the rotation with Nikola Vucevic (hand) on the sidelines and has shown glimpses of what he can offer the team. Vucevic is getting closer to a return and there is a chance Birch can take some of the backup minutes away from Biyombo given his performances of late. He is by no means a player that should be owned in anything but the deepest of leagues but is worth keeping an eye on to see if he trends up once Vucevic returns to the floor.
Birch totaled 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-8 FT), five rebounds, three steals and one assist across 19 minutes in Saturday's 114-112 loss to the Pacers.
Birch has now earned double-digit minutes in each of the last five contests as he has carved out a role on a Magic roster looking for answers. The scoring output was one off his season-high, and he could easily improve on his scoring if he can improve his subpar free-throw percentage, which was under 50 percent Saturday.
Coach Frank Vogel indicated Birch will remain in the regular rotation for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
After playing in just seven prior games this season, Birch surprisingly saw extended action for the first time Tuesday against Minnesota, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks across 19 minutes. It was an impressive showing for Birch and it appears to have earned him run in the regular rotation for at least one more contest, even if veteran Marreese Speights were to return. That gives Birch some potential value as a cheaper DFS play Thursday, though his season-long prospects are still somewhat iffy considering it's unclear just how consistent of a role he'll have.
Birch contributed 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one assist across 19 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Birch came out of nowhere for his first double-double and by far his best game of the season as the points, rebounds and blocks were all season highs. The 19 minutes also far eclipsed his previous season-high of seven minutes. He benefited from the absence of Marreese Speights (personal), but this performance could earn him more minutes going forward.
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