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Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic


TIME: Pregame protection begins at 7:00 p.m ET.

Nikola Vucevic is off to a spectacular begin, however when the Orlando middle turned in the best sport of his profession on Friday, the Magic wound up dropping to the Brooklyn Nets.
4 nights after scoring a career-high 41 factors, Vucevic and the Magic host the Nets on Tuesday evening in a matchup of groups making an attempt to enhance their data to Three-1.
Vucevic is averaging 27.7 factors and 10.7 rebounds on 68 p.c capturing from the sphere (34 of 50), together with 50 p.c from Three-point vary (7 of 14). By comparability, Vucevic scored 35 factors within the first video games of final season when Orlando started Zero-Three.
When the groups received collectively Friday, Vucevic went 17 of 22 and hit a career-high six Three-pointers. Orlando rebounded properly from its shut loss to Brooklyn by producing a 114-93 rout in Cleveland on Saturday.
Vucevic led the Magic with 23 factors in opposition to the Cavaliers and was simply as environment friendly, hitting 11 of 16 pictures on an evening when Orlando led 36-18 after the primary quarter.
“This sport has heaps and many positives,” Vucevic mentioned. “It had, perhaps, essentially the most positives that we’ve had round right here in a very long time.”
Vucevic’s robust play has the Magic in search of their first Three-1 begin because the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. That season, Vucevic was averaging 5.5 factors as a rookie for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Once more, it’s too early to make any huge judgments about this (workforce), nevertheless it’s an early constructive signal for us,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “With how we’re taking part in offensively and transferring the basketball, we’re facilitating the whole lot and all people feels good about our chemistry. Everyone is taking part in with the basketball the fitting method, pondering further move and taking part in for one another. That’s how chemistry is established.”
Orlando performed its final two video games with out Aaron Gordon, who was unable to go after testing his sore left ankle. Gordon practiced Monday, and Vogel mentioned he expects the ahead to play Tuesday.
Gordon scored 14 factors on Wednesday within the Magic’s season-opening win over the Miami Warmth. He additionally averaged 18.7 factors in three video games in opposition to the Nets final season for his second-highest whole amongst Japanese Convention opponents.
The Magic can be with out Elfrid Payton, who injured a hamstring within the first half on Friday. D.J. Augustin began in his place Saturday and contributed 12 factors and 10 assists, serving to the Magic counter a Cavaliers cost with 14 consecutive factors within the third quarter.
Final yr, we most likely would’ve crumbled after they received the lead down,” Augustin mentioned. “We’ve received a number of targets in thoughts this season, however we’re staying humble.”
Brooklyn adopted its 126-point exhibiting in opposition to the Magic with a 116-104 residence win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
The Nets are the primary workforce to attain at the very least 115 factors of their first three video games because the 1988-89 Portland Path Blazers, who gained 39 video games and averaged 114.6 factors.
Brooklyn held Atlanta to 34 p.c capturing from the sphere, its finest since Kenny Atkinson turned the pinnacle coach final season. The Nets achieved that quantity after Atkinson mentioned the protection had a “methods to go” following the Friday win.
“We did a greater job defensively. We received a couple of stops,” Atkinson mentioned.
Nonetheless, the coach desires to see extra progress.
“There was no tactical adjustment,” Atkinson mentioned. “I feel it's simply our habits enhancing, our consideration to element enhancing. However hear, I nonetheless assume we've got a protracted strategy to go.”
One factor the Nets may do higher is slicing down on fouls. Opponents are averaging 27.7 foul pictures per sport in opposition to the Nets after the Hawks took 36 free throws Sunday. Even so, Brooklyn is in place to begin Three-1 for the primary time because the 2007-08 season.
Allen Crabbe scored 20 factors and hit two clutch Three-pointers within the ultimate Three half minutes Sunday. D’Angelo Russell had two of his 10 assists on these Three-pointers and is averaging 21 factors and 7 assists after posting his fourth profession double-double.
Crabbe remains to be on a minute restriction because of a preseason ankle damage. He began Friday instead of Jeremy Lin (season-ending knee damage) however couldn’t get right into a rhythm and was keen to be a reserve Sunday.
“I simply instructed myself I wish to be extra aggressive throughout the offense. They’re giving me the inexperienced gentle to shoot the ball, so why not?” Crabbe mentioned. “My teammates discovered me, I received them in early, simply get just a little confidence going after which the basket seems to be larger and larger after each I make. Simply taking part in with confidence, that’s going to be my largest factor.”

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