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Jan 14

Monday’s Magic Word

  • In the wake of Glen Davis’ absence, Nikola Vucevic has emerged as a double-double machine for the Orlando Magic. Joe Kaiser of ESPN Insider has more: “Since Davis’ injury, though, he’s pretty much become a dream for any fantasy basketball owner, rattling off eight double-doubles over the last 11 games (including six in a row) and averaging 14.8 points and 14.4 rebounds during that span.”
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “Shocking the Clips in Grant Hill’s return halted the longest skid Orlando has seen (10 L’s in a row) since the spring of 2004, a skid that put it in position to draft Dwight Howard.”
  • J.J. Redick has made a living out of drilling three-pointers from pin-down sets.
  • An update on the Magic’s injured players.
  • What will Davis’ impending return mean to Vucevic’s development?
  • It remains to be seen when Glen Davis (sprained left shoulder) and E’Twaun Moore (sprained left elbow) will return from their respective injuries.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel with an excellent breakdown of what Davis’ absence has meant to the Magic. Of note: Orlando’s offense has skyrocketed with Davis out, but the defense has regressed sharply.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “The Magic were good in the clutch on Saturday in a 104-101 defeat of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. J.J. Redick had a tremendous sequence by tying the game with a layup and then giving the Magic their first lead of the day with a step-back 3-pointer over Matt Barnes. Redick then preserved the win by drawing a charge from Jamal Crawford and seconds later passing out of a double team for what proved to be the game’s winning points.”
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “Redick is 14-for-26 on threes in his last three games and is a prime candidate to help a contender down the stretch, but he’s not so old that he can’t be a part of Orlando’s future.”
  • The Magic likely won’t make the playoffs, which makes wins against teams like the Los Angeles Clippers extra satisfying.
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