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5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +3
Afflalo’s best offensive sequence came when he made a fadeaway jumper along the right baseline, a 3-pointer off the dribble from the right wing, and a catch-and-shoot jumper from the left wing during a four-minute stretch in the third quarter. Outside of that, Afflalo was relatively quiet offensively, as coach Jacque Vaughn again — like he did on Sunday — elected to give the bench some extended minutes.
9-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 BLK | 7 REB | 20 PTS | +9
You’re looking at the best second round draft pick in Magic franchise history. Anderson Varejao doesn’t count, given that he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers (in the Tony Battie trade) a month after he was drafted in 2004. On a day where it snowed in Chicago, O’Quinn brought a little rain with him, as he was raining midrange jumpers all over the court.
8-9 FG | 3-3 3P | 1 BLK | 4 REB | 19 PTS | -9
After having his best game in months in Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Nicholson followed that up with one of his best games of the season. This is the player that Magic fans expected to see on a regular basis before he regressed after the first month of the regular season. Hook shots, midrange jumpers, corner 3s — everything was clicking for Nicholson.
3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +3
With Orlando’s season winding down, Vaughn has said that he was going to cut Oladipo’s playing time since he’s already amassed nearly 2,500 minutes in his rookie year. To put that number in comparison, Oladipo played just 1,021 minutes in his final college season at Indiana. What’s amazing is that Oladipo never visibly showed he hit the rookie wall.
No Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng, and yet the Bulls are now 48-33 and in line for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, as long as they beat the Charlotte Bobcats in their final regular season game on Wednesday. All hail Tom Thibodeau and Joakim Noah. This is a team that no one in the East wants to face in the playoffs.