Player News - Magic

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Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points during a 115-87 win over the Pistons on Friday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in just 26 minutes.

Since that ankle flare up last week, Vucevic has been fantastic in the last four. With the Magic going 3-1 in those, Vooch averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 boards, 4.5 dimes and 1.0 blocks. The Magic almost have no chance at a top-three lotto spot and could easily fall to the bottom half of the lottery with more wins. Based on that, maybe the Magic take it easy on Vooch. Keep rolling him out there as long as he's active, of course.
Mar 24 - 9:42 PM

Elfrid Payton posted a triple-double against the Pistons on Friday, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

That's the fourth triple-double of his season and sixth of his career. On top of the increased output in dimes and boards, Payton is also up in efficiency with his 53.4 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line in his previous March games -- those are by far his best percentages in any full month this season. He's kind of peaking right now, so keep rolling him out there in season long.
Mar 24 - 9:41 PM

Aaron Gordon scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 30 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

His hip injury didn't seem to bother him and he continues to look more comfortable as a power forward. Since the break, Gordon's seen a major increase in efficiency and value while also seeing a bump in rebounding, blocks and getting to the line. He's still likely just to peak as a mid-round guy, but at least he's playing well enough to be owned these days.
Mar 24 - 9:35 PM

Mario Hezonja handed out a season-high six assists against the Pistons on Friday, adding six points and four rebounds in 28 minutes.

Those assists are just one off his career high from last year. Due to the Jeff Green (back) injury, the 6'8" Hezonja has played more power forward and has fared well in that role. With the Magic looking at lottery balls and Green only on a one-year deal, maybe they continue to give Mario minutes at the four. He's trending up for owners in very deep leagues.
Mar 24 - 9:34 PM

Terrence Ross scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers against the Pistons on Friday.

He looks to be back in a good rhythm with at least 50 percent from the field in four of his last five. In that span, Ross averaged 14.8 points, 2.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 treys. He's still more of a threes and points specialist.
Mar 24 - 9:32 PM

Jeff Green (back spasms) will not play Friday vs. the Pistons.

This is the second straight game Green has missed due to low back pain. Mario Hezonja is expected to soak up the majority of minutes left behind by Green. Hezonja played 23 minutes on Wednesday, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Mar 24 - 5:24 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said that Jeff Green (back spasms) will be a game-time decision on Friday night vs. Detroit.

Green did not play on Wednesday due to the back issue. With Green sidelined, Mario Hezonja logged 23 minutes, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds. Mario would likely see 20-plus minutes again on Friday if Green is unable to play.
Mar 24 - 11:23 AM

Coach Frank Vogel confirmed that Aaron Gordon (sore left hip) will play Friday vs. the Pistons.

There wasn't much doubt surrounding Gordon's availability, as he hasn't missed a game since February 11th. After a strong start to the month, in which he averaged 17.0 points and 6.1 rebounds over the first seven games in March, Gordon is averaging just 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds over his last four contests. Hopefully, Gordon will be able to get back on track Friday night against Detroit.
Mar 24 - 11:16 AM

Aaron Gordon was quiet in 29 minutes vs. the Hornets, scoring seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and no defensive stats.

Jeff Green (back spasms) was out tonight, which could have opened up more playing time for Gordon, who came in averaging 29.5 minutes in March. Instead, Gordon played his usual role and it was Mario Hezonja (23 minutes) gaining the most in Green's absence. Despite tonight's disappointing line, AG continues to hold low-end value in most leagues.
Mar 22 - 9:37 PM

Terrence Ross sank 8-of-15 shots with three 3-pointers to score 19 points on Wednesday, adding two boards, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes.

Ross got off to a hot start in Orlando but he quickly cooled off -- over the past two weeks he was averaging just 9.3 points on 37.0 percent shooting, with 1.2 threes, 2.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks. He'll have occasional scoring outbursts, but predicting when they'll occur is a hazardous job.
Mar 22 - 9:36 PM

Mario Hezonja posted eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers vs. Charlotte, but he shot just 3-of-12 from the field in 23 minutes.

Frank Vogel said that he might experiment with Hezonja as a PF tonight, in the absence of Jeff Green (back spasms), and Mario quickly found himself playing the four in a unit that included D.J. Augustin, Jodie Meeks, Evan Fournier and Bismack Biyombo. Green is just day-to-day, however, so this Mario-as-PF wrinkle is just something to remember for the future.
Mar 22 - 9:36 PM

D.J. Augustin chipped in six points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes on Wednesday.

The ninth-year veteran continues to fill a quiet role backing up Elfrid Payton, but he's averaging just 7.3 points in 16.8 minutes per game in March. He's also shooting 34.8 percent from the field in that span, and you'd have to be in a super deep league to find him appealing.
Mar 22 - 9:35 PM

Nikola Vucevic came up big vs. Charlotte, finishing Wednesday's tough home loss with 14 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, one steal and one turnovers in 30 minutes.

Vuc felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, and the fact that Orlando has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.
Mar 22 - 9:35 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said that Jeff Green (back spasms) has been ruled out of Wednesday night's game vs. the Hornets.

This will be just the third game Green has missed all season. However, he has apparently played through back spasms intermittently. Green had been averaging 17.5 minutes per game off the Magic's bench in March. Mario Hezonja will likely soak up the majority of the extra minutes available on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 11:14 AM

Elfrid Payton finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot over 31 minutes in Monday's 112-109 overtime win against the 76ers.

Payton continues to help fantasy owners in multiple categories, and he has been on fire in the month of March. He is averaging 11.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game over his past 10 outings. Payton has been one of the most unheralded fantasy options out there, giving his owners early-round production lately.
Mar 20 - 11:50 PM


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