Player News - Magic

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Aaron Gordon scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes during a 109-88 loss to the Hornets on Friday

The Magic have played him at small forward for almost the entire season, but they may have to shift him over to the four with the injuries to their big guys tonight. He's playing at least a little better over his last five, averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 assist, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. With all those injuries, maybe Gordon can trend up again in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 9:32 PM

Damjan Rudez scored nine points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in eight minutes on Friday.

The Magic may have to dust off Rudez on Saturday with a number of players getting hurt. If the Magic are in Mayday mode, he could be an interesting DFS play.
Dec 9 - 9:29 PM

Jeff Green scored three points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

The Magic submitted their nominee for ugliest lineup combo of 2016 tonight: D.J. Augustin, Green, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. Green also looked to have suffered a foot tweak in the second half and was in some pain. The Magic could need him on Saturday to play some forward minutes.
Dec 9 - 9:27 PM

Evan Fournier scored 14 points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

The Magic continue to give Fournier more ball-handling responsibility, but he has just 2.0 assists per game over his last four. All of his other stats are also down, especially his 10.8 points per game over his last four. Fournier makes sense as a buy-low option and could bounce back against his former team, Denver, on Saturday.
Dec 9 - 9:18 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Hornets.

He looked like he was off to a great start with 12 points early into the second quarter, but he was extremely quiet after that. The Magic had their other two key bigs go down, so Ibaka may be very, very busy on Saturday against the Nuggets.
Dec 9 - 9:15 PM

Bismack Biyombo is dealing with a sore left shoulder and will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

The cause for the injury isn't 100 percent clear, but he looked to have tweaked his left shoulder on a block attempt in the second half. With Nikola Vucevic (back) also getting hurt, the Magic will really need Biyombo on Saturday. If both are out, we'll see a lot of Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green and small-ball lineups. Stephen Zimmerman would also likely be activated. Biyombo finished Friday's game with nine points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 16 minutes.
Dec 9 - 9:13 PM

Nikola Vucevic suffered a lower back injury in the second half on Friday and will be re-evaluated in Orlando on Saturday.

He went for a loose ball and Roy Hibbert undercut him. Vucevic landed on his right hip and was in pain on the bench for at least one minute. He's had back problems before, so hopefully this didn't tweak an older injury. The Magic do play on Saturday, so they may have to make some adjustments with more Jeff Green and a lot of small-ball combos. Vooch finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
Dec 9 - 9:10 PM

Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play against the Hornets on Friday night.

He will have protective goggles to cover his red right eye. Vucevic did play through his corneal abrasion on Wednesday and was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. He's fully expected to play near his 27.6 minutes per game from this year. Keep him active in a somewhat favorable matchup against the Hornets second unit.
Dec 9 - 5:37 PM

Nikola Vucevic (eye) is likely going to play against the Hornets on Friday barring any setback.

When Jaylen Brown caught him in the eye during Brown's emphatic dunk on Wednesday, Vucevic was in some brief pain. He stayed in the game and didn't need a timeout following the injury either. For now, expect Vooch to be a go.
Dec 9 - 4:03 PM

Serge Ibaka said he's confident he'll stay with the Magic next season.

He'll be a free agent this coming offseason. Obviously if Ibaka doesn't come back, the Magic trade to acquire him from the Thunder will be a disaster. Last year, he said he wanted more offensive chances, and it's resulted in a 3.3 usage rate increase. Ibaka is back to being an early-round asset in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 3:59 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said the team has discussed sending Mario Hezonja to the D-League.

Ouch. ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Magic are "openly seeking a scoring boost via trade" could wind up dealing Hezonja. The No. 5 pick in the draft has been out of the rotation with guys like Damian Rudez ahead of him on the depth chart. A trade would obviously help Mario a ton, but he's not worth stashing in most leagues.
Dec 9 - 2:43 PM

Nikola Vucevic (right corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Friday against the Hornets.

Jaylen Brown dunked on Vooch and caught him in the eye, so that explains the injury. Vucevic hasn't missed a game all season, and did play through it. Since being demoted to the bench back on Nov. 27, Vooch has still be able to put up solid numbers. Over Orlando's last seven games, Vooch is averaging 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 12:41 PM

Jeff Green's streak of double-digit scoring ended on Wednesday with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes.

Green added two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he never got into the flow offensively -- in fairness, neither did any of his teammates. One lousy game isn't sufficient cause to cut him in deeper leagues, but this is a reminder that he tends to run hot and cold.
Dec 7 - 10:31 PM

Aaron Gordon finished Wednesday's 117-87 home defeat with five points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

The assists, steal and triple are nice to see, but it's hard to be enthusiastic about Gordon after such a sluggish start to the season. His starting job has failed to reap any benefits and he's shooting a career-worst 41.2 percent from the field, with numbers that have dipped in most categories despite his minutes increasing to 26.0 per game. He's just a borderline option in 12-team leagues.
Dec 7 - 10:28 PM

Nikola Vucevic had a quiet double-double vs. the Celtics, coming off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

Frank Vogel continues to divvy up playing time evenly, with eight players getting between 22-29 minutes tonight. As frustrating as it is for Vuc's owners to see him losing minutes to Bismack Biyombo, there's no cause for panic -- he was red hot for the past few weeks and still has eight double-doubles in his past nine games.
Dec 7 - 10:28 PM


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