Grades: Miami Heat 94, Orlando Magic 80 | Magic Basketball

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Grades: Miami Heat 94, Orlando Magic 80

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Miami Heat 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
80 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
4-7 FG | 12-14 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | -11

Oladipo continues to prove wrong the skeptics that thought his improved shooting percentages at Indiana were outliers. He showed little hesitation in taking a jumper when the defense gave it to him. In fact, Oladipo was downright aggressive with his jump shot, pulling up off the dribble and in transition. His only blemish were his five turnovers, due in large part to the pesky defensive nature of Miami’s guards.

Romero Osby
4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 STL | 3 REB | 11 PTS | -1

The only other Magic player to score in double figures, Osby again looked to fit in seamlessly within the Magic’s schemes. There were a few times, however, when he forced the issue to detrimental results, somewhat explaining his three turnovers. Still, Osby looks to be another late second-round steal for the Magic, who had similar luck with Kyle O’Quinn last year.

Rodney McGruder
2-6 FG | 0-2 3P | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +2

An added benefit provided by good shooters is the threat of their shot. McGruder could be a 3-and-D guy, but his shot has yet to fall here in Orlando. He moves well without the ball, and shows good cutting instincts, but he has yet to connect on some shots to show value. It’d be nice if, you know, he could knock down a jumper every once in a while.

Andrew Nicholson
1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -20

This was easily Nicholson’s worst showing so far this week. He struggled against the Heat’s athleticism (he was particularly bothered by Jarvis Varnado), as evidenced by his team-high six turnovers. Recognizing when to pass, and whom to pass to, will be vital to Nicholson’s development. He’s shown good instincts at times, but sometimes he seems to develop tunnel vision and refuses to pass, no matter how suffocating the pressure.

Miami Heat

Miami has filled this team with the types of players they love: fast, athletic wings who can shoot and quick point guards who can defend. That combination was deadly today, as the Heat’s guards pressured the Magic on the perimeter, and their wings and forwards swarmed the interior. Ian Clark and James Ennis were particularly impressive and are likely earning themselves at least an invitation to Miami’s training camp.

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