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Aaron Gordon scored 10 points (4-of-15 FG) with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes Monday against the Mavericks.

After four straight games in which he scored at least 18 points, Gordon (like fellow front court starter Nikola Vucevic) had a tough time getting anything going against the Mavericks. Nevertheless, the athletic forward, who's made strides as a perimeter shooter, is 12-of-27 (44.4%) from three over his last five games after going 2-of-6 from deep Monday night.
Dec 11 - 12:48 AM

Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) scored eight points (4-of-15 FG) with 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 31 minutes Monday against the Mavericks.

Vucevic entered Monday's have having tallied a double-double in four consecutive games, but the run came to an end as he struggled mightily to make shots. In addition to the streak of double-doubles he had also shot 50% or better from the field in 12 straight games. Orlando doesn't play again until Thursday, which should give Vucevic some time to rest his sore ankle.
Dec 11 - 12:40 AM

Jonathon Simmons scored 18 points (7-of-10 FG, 2-of-2 FT) with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes Monday against the Mavericks.

Simmons, who's struggled with his shooting for much of this season, produced his best offensive showing of the season in Monday's defeat. But while the 18-point effort is a positive, Simmons is tough to trust fantasy-wise due to the lack of consistency. In his four prior games, the wing averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.0 minutes per game, shooting 22.7% from the field and 14.3% from three.
Dec 11 - 12:31 AM

Mo Bamba, who did not play in Monday's loss to the Mavericks due to a violation of team rules, is expected to be available Thursday against the Bulls.

In his postgame comments Magic HC Steve Clifford described the suspension as a "one-game thing," so that bodes well for the rookie's availability Thursday night. The sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bamba is averaging 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 17.0 minutes per game.
Dec 10 - 11:48 PM

Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) is available to play and will start Monday's game against the Mavericks.

The fact that Vucevic was able to participate in portions of Sunday's practice despite injuring his ankle Friday was a good sign with regards to his availability for Monday. Also, he doesn't appear to be the subject of a minutes restriction either.
Dec 10 - 7:13 PM

Jonathan Isaac will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Mavericks, with Evan Fournier (personal) unavailable.

Isaac has been much better as a starter this season, and he should see some more shots falling his way with Fournier out, so he's on the radar as a streamer or low-budget DFS option. Joining him in the starting five will be D.J. Augustin, Jonathon Simmons, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic.
Dec 10 - 7:10 PM

Evan Fournier (personal) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Mavericks.

It's unclear exactly what Fournier is dealing with, but with the Magic off until Thursday after today's game, hopefully, this will only end up being a one-game absence. With Fournier unavailable, Jonathan Isaac may be able to return to the starting five, and guys like Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will be asked to do a bit more on offense.

Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) participated in non-contact portions of Sunday's practice despite his injury.

Vucevic hurt his ankle in Friday's game, but played through the injury. The fact that he was able to practice is a great sign for his availability on Monday and he looks to be on track to play. Check back before tip-off for official confirmation.
Dec 9 - 12:33 PM

Nikola Vucevic went to the locker room in the first half and returned in the second quarter, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Pacers.

He didn't sound worried about it after the game. I don't think it's anything too bad. Hopefully, it won't keep me out at all and I'll get treatment and ice it and be good to go," he said. Vucevic has been on cruise control all season as one of the best value picks in drafts.
Dec 7 - 10:24 PM

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, four assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a 112-90 loss to the Pacers on Friday.

It's his second best rebounding night of the season, but he already has two 20-10 games in three December outings after failing to get any in November. Gordon was expected to put up better rebounding and defensive stats this season, and so far he's been in the same neighborhood with 7.5 boards, 0.9 blocks and 1.0 steals. He's shooting the ball much better from the field this year and most owners should be satisfied with his output to date.
Dec 7 - 9:15 PM

Jonathan Isaac scored six points with six rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes during a blowout loss to the Pacers on Friday.

Coach Steve Clifford talked up Isaac before the game and said he will "obviously play starter's minutes" and that he wants to add some firepower to the bench. Clifford said Isaac has a good attitude about it, so he may be in the second unit for the foreseeable future. As you can see by the blocks, that's totally fine and he really just needs to stay healthy before he really starts to get hot. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 7 - 9:12 PM

D.J Augustin scored five points with two assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He hasn't really done anything on the stat sheet recently, but Augustin has made 49.3% from the field in his previous 10. However, he hasn't picked up a steal in four straight and to nobody's surprise he has no blocks in over 700 minutes of action this season. DJA also has just one block in in his 179 games with the Magic, which is pretty impressive. He's fine in deeper leagues, but owners in 10- or 12-team leagues should look for more upside.
Dec 7 - 9:11 PM

Arron Afflalo, Brandon Rush and Sean Kilpatrick all participated in a free-agent workout for the Sixers this week.

Also in attendance was Haywood Highsmith, who plays for the Sixers' G League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Even if Philly does sign one of these guys, they'll be nowhere near fantasy value.
Dec 6 - 4:54 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers during a 124-118 overtime loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

He loses both matchups against a fellow Nikola with Jokic putting on a passing clinic on the other end. The Magic had major free throw issues during this game and didn't get their first attempt from the line until the fourth quarter. As for Vucevic, he's been fairly consistent in all aspects, coming off a November with averages of 22.0 points, 11.5 boards, 3.6 dimes, 1.1 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.3 treys. He's been a fantasy stud.
Dec 5 - 10:12 PM

Jonathon Simmons scored two points with two assists and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He's going to have to play really well to get consistent minutes in the upper 20s. It was somewhat interesting that coach Steve Clifford went to Jonathan Isaac over Simmons in overtime after Evan Fournier fouled out -- Terrence Ross was already on the floor. Simmons doesn't offer enough upside to roster in most leagues.
Dec 5 - 10:02 PM


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