After a close Game 3, we spoke to the Orlando Pinstriped Post to hear a Magic-oriented take heading into Game 4. We asked some questions to Mike Calli, managing editor of the Orlando Pinstriped Post, before the Raptors play the Magic tonight.
Vucevic finally got it going in Game 3, specifically against Ibaka. Do you anticipate Vucevic playing more minutes with the bench next game to take advantage of that matchup? How do you see this change, if implemented, impacting the Magic’s centre-centric offense?
The more minutes Nikola Vucevic gets opposite Serge Ibaka, the better for the Magic. But I don’t think Nick Nurse would allow that for very long, if at all. As long as Marc Gasol isn’t it foul trouble, he will be on the court shadowing Vucevic regardless of which unit he plays with. When Gasol is on the court, Vucevic has shot just 30.4 percent (7-for-23), committed nine turnovers and produced an offensive rating of 96.6. When Gasol is off the court, Vucevic has shot 54.5 percent (6-for-11), committed one turnover, and produced an offensive rating of 118.9. After three games, that’s no coincidence, it’s a trend.
Even when Vucevic had his burst in Game 3, much of his …
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