WHAT: For the third time in two weeks, All-Star D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets will take on All-Star Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic.
WHERE: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSFL; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Magic, in that same time span, are 20th in the league in Net Rating, 15th in Rebound Percentage, and 20th in Offensive Rating. They’ve had a rough month, and still very much need a point guard. DJ Augustin is like their version of Treveon Graham. Really solid, definitely talented and useful, for sure worth keeping around. Not a playoff-caliber starter. He’s averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 assists per game on 46/43/87 shooting. Solid!! With Dinwiddie out the Nets won’t have a huge backcourt advantage, but DLo lit up Orlando last time he was down there so let’s hope for some more of that.
Joe Harris, in his 11 games since returning from his brief injury, is averaging 13.3 points per game and shooting 44/40/86 and just generally being the Joe Harris we all know and love. He isn’t shooting his scorching 45+ percent from three this month which is actually encouraging. It proves that even when he isn’t hitting every single three he can still be a productive and effective player and that is awesome. That is the final form of player development, good even on your bad nights. Guys like Jarrett Allen, Dinwiddie, Ed Davis, DLo now that he’s gone Super Saiyan, DeMarre Carroll and even Rodions Kurucs all possess this skill to some degree and it’s the biggest reason the Nets are competitive every single night.
For more on the Magic, check out: Orlando Pinstriped Post