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Magic's Nikola Vucevic: Records double-double in 33 minutes
Vucevic accounted for 21 points (9-20 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, five assist, two steals and four blocks in 33 minutes Wednesday as Orlando fell to Brooklyn.
Vucevic posted his fourth double-double in the last five games Wednesday, as he continues to build on a career year. The veteran big man is averaging a career high in points per game (20.5), rebounds per game (12), assists per game (3.8), and blocks per game (1.2) and is showing no signs of slowing down.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Isaiah Briscoe: Won't return Wednesday
Briscoe sprained his right ankle and won't return to Wednesday's tilt with the Nets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Briscoe hadn't recorded a stat and played just one minute when he suffered the ankle sprain midway through the first quarter Wednesday. A definite timeline has yet to be laid out, but it's likely that the rookie guard will miss a couple games at least. Look for Jonathon Simmons and Jerian Grant to see additional run as long as Briscoe's out.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Jonathon Simmons: Back to bench Wednesday
Simmons will come off the bench in Wednesday's game against the Nets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Simmons started the last two games in the absence of Aaron Gordon (back). With Gordon back in the lineup, Simmons will return to his regular role off the bench where he will likely see limited minutes with the second unit.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Back in lineup Wednesday
Gordon (back) will play and start in Wednesday's game against the Nets, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
As expected, Gordon will be back in the starting lineup Wednesday after a two-game absence due to a lower back injury. With Gordon taking part in a full practice Tuesday, he is not expected to be facing a minutes restriction of any kind in Brooklyn. With his return, Jonathan Simmons is expected to return to his role off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Jarell Martin: Shows off range in win
Martin posted eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt), one rebound and one block across 16 minutes Monday in the Magic's 122-103 win over the Hawks.
After a five-game stretch in which he failed to see the floor, Martin has re-entered the rotation as the backup power forward with Aaron Gordon (back) sidelined. Gordon turned in a full practice Tuesday and is trending toward suiting up Wednesday in Brooklyn, so there's a decent possibility Martin will drop back out of the rotation if the contest is reasonably competitive.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Wesley Iwundu: Shines on defense in limited run
Iwundu played 12 minutes off the bench Monday in the Magic's 122-103 win over the Hawks, contributing five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
As per usual, Iwundu's production was muted on the offensive end. Despite having settled into a consistent double-digit-minute role for the Magic, Iwundu has gone scoreless in four of his last seven outings. The second-year forward makes for little more than a defensive-stats streamer in very deep leagues, though his upside isn't huge even in that capacity.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Expected to play Wednesday
Gordon (back) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and is on track to play in Wednesday's game against the Nets, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Gordon is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday, but it looks like he is much closer to probable after going through a full practice without any issues. With Gordon in line to return Wednesday, Jonathan Simmons will likely return to his role off the bench after starting each of the last two games.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Questionable for Wednesday
Gordon (back) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn.
Gordon was held out of Monday's win over the Hawks, but he told reporters that his back is doing "a little better", and he hopes to be able to practice Tuesday. Chances are, the Magic won't comment on Gordon's status until shootaround Wednesday morning, and he could end up being close to a game-time call. With Gordon out the last two games, Jarrell Martin has re-entered the rotation, while Jonathan Isaac has picked up a few extra minutes.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Troy Caupain: Racks up team-high 24 points
Caupain totaled 24 points (8-17 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 32 minutes Saturday against Fort Wayne.
Caupain led his team in scoring on the day, knocking down an impressive five of nine attempts from beyond the arc in a 107-92 victory on the road. The 6-4 guard continues to play at a high level across the board for Lakeland, posting averages of 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.0 steal through 26 starts.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Nikola Vucevic: Big double-double in win over Hawks
Vucevic scored 29 points (12-23 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Monday's 122-103 win over the Hawks.
The big man continues to be an extremely consistent fantasy asset, posting either 20-plus points or a double-double (or both) through all 11 games so far in January. Vucevic's average on the month of 21.1 points, 12.4 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.1 blocks is actually a slight improvement on his already career-best pace for the season, suggesting that the 28-year-old may not have found his ceiling yet.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Evan Fournier: Big afternoon against Hawks
Fournier scored 29 points (9-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT) while adding seven assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes during Monday's 122-103 win over the Hawks.
The shooting guard tied Nikola Vucevic for the team lead in scoring on the afternoon, and the 29 points represented Fournier's best performance since he dropped 31 on the Sixers back on Oct. 20. The 26-year-old is on a bit of a roll, averaging a solid 18.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 boards, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.2 steals over the last six games.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Remains out Monday
Gordon (back) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hawks, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. "It's starting to feel a little better," Gordon said of his sore back. "But I've got to be slow with this. I don't want to go out there and (re-injure) it & be out longer. We have practice (on Tuesday) and hopefully I jump in on that, but no decisions have been made."
Gordon is still nursing a lower back issue and will miss a second straight game as a result. In his place, Jonathon Simmons will pick up another start, while Jonathan Isaac could also benefit from increased minutes. Gordon's next chance to play will come Wednesday against Brooklyn.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Aaron Gordon: May return Monday
Gordon (back) is questionable for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Gordon missed Saturday's matchup due to a back issue, although his return in Atlanta is certainly possible at this point. He'll likely be evaluated following Monday's morning shootaround to determine whether he's good to go.... See More ... See Less
Magic's Melvin Frazier: Returns from G League
The Magic recalled Frazier from the G League's Lakeland Magic on Sunday.
Orlando isn't expected to practice Sunday after back-to-back games against the Nets and Bucks on Friday and Saturday, respectively, so Frazier's recall signals that he'll likely travel with the team to Atlanta in advance of Monday's tilt with the Hawks. The rookie second-round pick likely won't see meaningful run if he suits up for that contest, as he's averaging just 5.3 minutes per game over three appearances at the NBA level this season.... See More ... See Less