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7-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -4
Nicholson rebounded from his poor shooting performance on Sunday. He wasn’t backing down people as often as he did against the Celtics, but he still showed off his polished post game and even stepped out a few times to shoot the mid-range J (though, that produced mixed results). Nicholson needs to improve his awareness from the post, specifically when he’s double-teamed, something he struggled with today.
3-8 FG | 8-12 FT | 3 STL | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +14
He didn’t shoot the ball well, but Harkless looked much improved in several aspects of his game, especially dribbling. He handled the ball in pick-and-rolls and drove to the rim, and looked comfortable doing so. He feasted at the line and played some very good man defense. Unfortunately, Harkless didn’t have the range today, missing several open jumpers, including two jump shots.
2-12 FG | 8-10 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -6
It wasn’t the stellar performance of his Summer League debut, but Oladipo still had a solid outing. His shooting left much to be desired, but what was very encouraging was his adjustments. Rather than continue to settle for jumpers, Oladipo drove to the basket much more in the second half. He wasn’t as steady running the point today, but the pressure he’s facing now is beneficial to his development.
2-5 FG | 0-2 3P | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11
His stat line won’t jump out at you, but the K-State alum moved off the ball well. He made a nice read off a Nicholson post-up, cutting to the lane and sinking a floater. He’ll need to show more on both ends of the ball if he’s going to fill a 3-and-D role for the Magic, so we’ll see if he’s able to do so as the week progresses.
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They never stopped fighting, and put themselves in great position to win the game during the last few minutes. Jeremy Lamb wasn’t spectacular, but his crossover on Harkless and subsequent step-back game-winning jumper sealed a come-from-behind victory. Dwight Buycks continues to impress. He had 11 points and five assists, yet even those numbers don’t do proper justice to how well he moves the ball and operates the offense.