Player News - Magic

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Serge Ibaka scored 22 points during a 121-113 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers.

His rim protection was fantastic all game and he had a grown-man block against Jusuf Nurkic (video in link below). With Nikola Vucevic (back) out of the lineup, Ibaka could be looking at an increase in usage and playing time. After a slow start, Ibaka is back inside the top 40 for standard leagues for the season.
Dec 10 - 10:37 PM

Evan Fournier scored 24 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He needed a bounce back and came through in a big way. Despite added playmaking chances, Fournier is coming off a zero-dime game on Friday, but he was able to get the ball to all of his teammates tonight. Although, we do have to add the Nuggets defense has been a disaster against shooting guards. Still, this may help get Fournier going.
Dec 10 - 10:34 PM

Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) played through his shoulder soreness on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

The Magic trainers were very busy tonight. When Biyombo was on the bench, he had a heat wrap around his entire shoulder with plenty of compression -- his treatment is in the link below. He also had a shoulder harness out there for this game. With Nikola Vucevic (back) banged up, Biyombo may be able to gather enough value to use in standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 10:29 PM

Aaron Gordon scored 11 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He was in a little bit of foul trouble, but Gordon played well for the most part. He also played more power forward than usual, which may explain said foul trouble. After being left for dead last week, Gordon has shown signs of life with 26.3 minutes per game over his last four. If he was cut and you want to see if he can get it going, give him a look. His upside still doesn't look great.
Dec 10 - 10:25 PM

Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench against the Nuggets on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

His ankle sprain from Friday did seem to bother him. He picked up a lot of clutch minutes in this game and hit a late trey to give the Magic a prayer late. Green could wind up playing more minutes with Nikola Vucevic (back) on the shelf, but he doesn't really do much outside of scoring. He's more of a short-term points pickup.
Dec 10 - 10:19 PM

Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Well, the Magic have changed their tune. Biyombo is going to play with some soreness and with a harness, so he's not 100 percent. If he's able to avoid injury, he should be busy. This takes Stephen Zimmerman off the board in DFS and also hurts guys like Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon slightly.
Dec 10 - 5:47 PM

Jeff Green (ankle) is available to play vs. Denver on Saturday.

His ankle tweak didn't look too bad, so he may not be limited. Green should actually play a lot tonight, so he's on the board as a DFS punt. He doesn't have much value in standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 5:45 PM

Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) will not play on Saturday against the Nuggets.

He warmed up with a shoulder harness, but he just wasn't healthy enough to go. Expect to see Stephen Zimmerman pick up the backup five minutes and he may play a bit tonight. Also, Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green get bumps.
Dec 10 - 5:43 PM

Nikola Vucevic (back) and Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) are out against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Well, coach Frank Vogel may actually have to go small. The Magic have rolled with a three-man big rotation, but now he's left with just Serge Ibaka -- he should play a too. Expect to see a lot of Aaron Gordon at the four, which should open up minutes for Jeff Green and the bench wings. Stephen Zimmerman should also get some burn as a dart throw tonight.
Dec 10 - 5:42 PM

Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Nuggets on Saturday.

He'll go through warmups and the Magic will go from there. If he and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) are out, we'll see plenty of new lineup combos, especially more Aaron Gordon at the four. Serge Ibaka will anchor the defense while Stephen Zimmerman could play a bit.
Dec 10 - 5:29 PM

Nikola Vucevic (back) and Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) are game-time calls for Saturday against the Nuggets.

This is what we all expected. The Magic called up Stephen Zimmerman, so there's a chance both players are out. Vucevic was in a lot of pain and likely has the worst chance to play. If he's out, Aaron Gordon will have to play more four to open up minutes for the wings. Plus, Zimmerman may be in the mix. Serge Ibaka will play a ton.
Dec 10 - 5:26 PM

The Magic recalled Stephen Zimmerman on Saturday.

That is not a good sign for Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) for tonight. Zimmerman actually blew up in the D-League on Friday with 20 points, 12 boards and two blocks. He's been awesome all year at Erie with averages of 21.8 points, 15.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.5 block -- yes, that's nice. He may get in the rotation and was a block machine in Summer League, but it would take a little slice of crazy to roll him out there for DFS. That would change if Vogel gets wild and starts him.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Jeff Green (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

Green sprained his ankle on Friday night during another disappointing outing in which he scored just three points in 24 minutes. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) are also questionable for Saturday. If Green can't play, Aaron Gordon would likely see a significant uptick in minutes. It's possible the Magic might even let Mario Hezonja get some run at small forward as well.
Dec 10 - 10:45 AM

Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center.
Dec 10 - 10:32 AM

Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku.
Dec 10 - 10:24 AM


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