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Dec 20

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • According to Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus, the Orlando Magic have been the best team in the Eastern Conference in the month of December. Confused? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post explains: “Orlando’s adjusted scoring differential, which accounts for strength of schedule, of plus-4.4 in December ranks it sixth in the league and first in the East.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has a status update on Glen Davis, who was injured in last night’s game against the Washington Wizards. In short, Davis has a sprained left shoulder, he won’t need surgery, and a timetable for his return is to be determined.
  • Who will replace Davis in the starting lineup? Dunlap makes an educated guess: “None of Vaughn’s options to replace Davis is ideal, but the view here is that starting Nicholson is the right choice. As an offensively minded player, he gives the Magic the best lineup continuity in Davis’ absence, and he also happens to be a terrific prospect who will only improve with more playing time. However, I expect Vaughn will call upon McRoberts, at least ceremonially, much in the same way Harkless starts but games but only logs about 18 minutes per.”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com thinks Davis could be out 4-6 weeks.
  • With a win against the Wizards, which brings them closer to .500 at 12-13, the Magic continue to exceed expectations.
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